Family affair as Saffron Walden 5ths down Cambridge Granta 4ths

PUBLISHED: 10:30 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:30 26 May 2016




Vice-captain Steve Temblett says Saffron Walden 5ths exhibited the good qualities of the club after six father and son combinations donned their whites in their eventual victory over Cambridge Granta 4ths at Caldecote on Saturday.

Six of Walden’s U14 players, ably backed up by their respective fathers, put in a gritty performance after putting Granta in to bat on a flat wicket.

The Walden openers Bertie Scott (15-0) and Chris Hurlstone (18-0) bowled tight spells to restrict Granta to 27 in the first 10 overs, backed up by sharp fielding and a lush outfield.

Henry Rodda (15-3) then put in a decisive burst of accurate swing bowling to take three wickets in three overs, with Harry Ball’s (15-0) accurate spin restricting scoring at the other end.

Tight spells from Max Hurlstone (8-2), Harry Cooke (14-1) and Louis Temblett (16-1) kept the run rate down and wickets tumbling before two sharp run-outs from Chris Scott off his own bowling brought the Granta innings to a close.

A bright start from Kevin (10) and Harry (4) Ball, backed up by a solid knock from Bertie Scott (19), kept the modest target in sight, but accurate, nagging legside bowling from the Granta spinners bought regular wickets as the SW batsmen tried to force the pace.

However, a terrific innings from Tom Rodda (57 not out), doggedly supported by Chris Scott (seven not out), took them over the line with three overs to spare.

Following the Cambridge encounter, Temblett said: “The way that this team of 14 year olds and their dads have played together as the backbone of SWCC 5ths last season and this has exemplified all that is best about the club.

“Two generations playing together competitively, encouraging and developing each other and having fun in the process is great.

“Everyone contributed equally to this hard-fought victory.”

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