Gallian hits century for Saffron Walden in ECB National Club Championship

PUBLISHED: 10:44 29 July 2010

Saffron Walden CC vs Great Witchingham.

Saffron Walden.

July 24, 2010.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the match. Saffron Walden are fielding.

Names:

Bowler (towrads camera): Joe Barrs.

Bowler (away from camera (Darren Cousins)

Wkt keeper: Neil Gladwin.

Batsman (right hander): Sean Arthurton.

Batsman (lefthander): James Spelman.

Saffron Walden CC vs Great Witchingham. Saffron Walden. July 24, 2010. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the match. Saffron Walden are fielding. Names: Bowler (towrads camera): Joe Barrs. Bowler (away from camera (Darren Cousins) Wkt keeper: Neil Gladwin. Batsman (right hander): Sean Arthurton. Batsman (lefthander): James Spelman.

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A CENTURY from Jason Gallian and a four-wicket haul from Darren Cousins clinched victory for Saffron Walden Cricket Club in the fifth round of the ECB National Club Championships on Sunday.

A CENTURY from Jason Gallian and a four-wicket haul from Darren Cousins clinched victory for Saffron Walden Cricket Club in the fifth round of the ECB National Club Championships on Sunday.

Saffron Walden beat Bromley by 18 runs at the Anglo American Playing Fields to set up a quarter final clash with Middlesex side Teddington on August 8.

After winning the toss, Saffron Walden got off to a quick start with openers Tom George (27) and Gallian (100) scoring at a rate of about five an over and putting on a 60 partnership.

Charlie Knightley (23) joined Gallian at the crease when George was bowled by James Butterfill (2 -34), and he helped take the score to 108 before getting bowled by the same man.

Captain Neil Gladwin said: “Gallian was certainly the stand-out man with the bat and hit a superb century. In the end I think we probably should have posted a bigger score than we did.

“After Gallian and Simon Parmenter (39) were out, we lost our way and only put on about 45 in the last 10 overs when we should have made about 80 or 90.”

After their maximum 45 overs, the home side finished on 232-7.

Opener Joe Barrs managed to get his team off to the perfect start with the ball by running out danger-man Butterfill (0) off his own bowling in his first over. The impressive Cousins, who finished with figures of 4-17, took the wicket of Sadiq Hassan (6) leaving Bromley on 8-2.

Gladwin said: “Each bowler can only bowl nine overs, so I took a bit of a risk with Cousins, playing him for seven straight overs at the start. The gamble paid off and he bowled sensationally, picking up three wickets in those overs.”

Tim Smith took 1-28 and spinner Stephen Larsen 1-40, as Saffron Walden bowled Bromley all out for 214 after 44 overs.

• Walden scraped to a one-wicket victory over Great Witchingham in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.

After putting in a fantastic performance with the ball and bowling out Great Witchingham for 114 at the Anglo American Playing Fields, Saffron Walden struggled to make their advantage count, eventually crossing the winning line on 115-9.

“It was one of the best bowling performances we have produced this season, but unfortunately it was not matched with the bat,” said Gladwin.

“Darren Cousins was bowling fantastically and Simon Parmenter was back in form, picking up 3-22 with his left-arm swing. Everything was going swimmingly, but Witchingham came back and bowled just as well.

“Only Tom George was able to knuckle down and acclimatise and his 41 saved us from defeat. Tom is now moving to Dubai so it was great for him to sign off from the club with a match-winning innings.”

Saffron Walden visit Norwich on Saturday.

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