Cricket: Skipper’s return to form all in vain

PUBLISHED: 18:04 28 June 2011

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DESPITE a welcome return to form for Saffron Walden captain Neil Gladwin, his team still suffered a narrow defeat against their fellow mid-table strugglers.

East Anglian Premier League

Saffron Walden (227 for nine) lost to Vauxhall Mallards (230 for eight) by two wickets

DESPITE a welcome return to form for Saffron Walden captain Neil Gladwin, his team still suffered a narrow defeat against their fellow mid-table strugglers.

Gladwin struck an unbeaten 62 off 94 balls, including four fours and two sixes, but his knock, his first score over eight in league cricket this season, was not enough to spark a much-needed victory.

Speaking to the Saffron Walden Reporter before the game the skipper had said that a return to form for himself might help to restore confidence throughout the team.

And there were signs of a revival for Walden as they managed to emerge past the 200-run mark setting their Norwich opponents 228 – Simon Parmenter (36) and Joe Barrs (24) both chipping in with worthwhile efforts.

In reply Carl Amos (44) and David Turner (14) put on 75 for the first wicket, but Walden hit back through Barrs (2-39) and Tim Smith (2-32) and reduced the visitors to 99 for three.

Australian spinner Ryan Done also weighed in with three for 66 but a crucial partnership between Gerrie Snyman (45) Alistair Shearer (53no) saw Vauxhall get within striking distance.

Shearer natured the tail and guided his team home in exactly 54 overs to secure 25 points to Walden’s 12.

The home side, who had title ambitions at the start of the season, now sit in sixth place, 76 points off table toppers Horsford.

Next: Walden travel to bitter rivals Cambridge Granta on Saturday. 11am start.


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