Gladwin's Walden gamble backfires
PUBLISHED: 14:16 14 June 2011
CAPTAIN Neil Gladwin confessed that his side "took a chance" as they tried to up their run rate during the closing stages of a failed run chase on Saturday.
East Anglian Premier League
Norwich CC (240 all out) beat Saffron Walden CC (172) by 68 runs
CAPTAIN Neil Gladwin confessed that his side “took a chance” as they tried to up their run rate during the closing stages of a failed run chase on Saturday.
Set 241 to win against bottom of the league Norwich, Gladwin witnessed a slow start to his team’s reply and, after slipping to 53 for two, they struggled to get the rate up to a required seven runs per over.
Instead of seeing out a draw his men gambled on a win – Simon Parmenter struck 40 off 56 and Grant Galliard 61 off 131. But they fell on their swords with the last eight wickets falling for just 40 runs.
Gladwin admitted his disappointment at falling so far behind the run rate but admitted that the best team won on the day.
“We needed four or five runs an over,” he said. “But we then got off to a slow start. The rate went up to seven runs, Simon [Parmenter] pushed the total along nicely but by the time he got out it was up to eight an over.
“At that point we were still going for the win so we could get maximum points, but we didn’t execute. We could have shut-up-shop and batted for the draw but against a lower side we needed to take a chance.”
Gladwin attacked from the start by winning the toss and putting Norwich in, but a 106 opening stand between Erik Laubscher (92) and Mark Tipping (29) blunted the opening salvo.
Walden hit back with Jacob Rodgers (4-54) and Tim Smith (3-45) but they later lost out in the batting stakes as Norwich bowler Chris Borret claimed five for 34.
Gladwin added that if Walden want to be competitive in the league they need to be chasing down catchable totals and beating the lower teams.
His side will have the opportunity to fix their batting problems this Saturday away at third-place Horsford. 11am start.
See Thursdays’ paper for a full scorecard.