Debutant Downs Burwell in Tucker Gardner Division One 2016 season opener

PUBLISHED: 11:04 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:04 28 April 2016

Burwell's Redfarn is bowled by J Sneath

Burwell's Redfarn is bowled by J Sneath

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Debutant Josh Down’s 78 helped Saffron Walden CC make a winning start to the new Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Premier League - Tucker Gardner Division One 2016 season at Anglo American Playing Fields on Saturday.

Hosting Burwell 2nds, Walden won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The visitors got off to a good start until Jack Sneath removed Manish Burman’s leg stump after some aggressive hitting including two lovely straight sixes.

He was quickly followed by his partner which left Matthew Hague in a good situation coming in at three.

Burwell’s run rate then slowed as some great bowling resulted in many dot balls and the pressure eventually built until Hague was dismissed for a slow seven.

Summerskill and Jones then batted for a considerable period bringing Burwell to a respectable score until they were dismissed in the later overs. Quick wickets then fell and Burwell finished their innings at 222-7.

After lunch Michael Turner and Sneath took to the wicket opening the batting for Walden.

Both batsman looked comfortable against Burwell’s openers.

Despite this, Turner and Sneath both gave their wickets away leaving the batting to Alec Smith, Walden’s overseas player, and Down on his first team debut.

Smith hit a solid 47 while Down finished on 78.

Johnny Brace was then joined by skipper Joseph Barrs who closed the game out and handed Walden a fantastic start to the season.

Walden welcome Blunham to the Playing Fields this Saturday (April 30).

First ball is due for 12.30pm.

n Saffron Walden 2nds claimed an 18-run victory over Huntingdown & District in their opening Tucker Gardner Division Two game.

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