Hume and Allchin run riot at Mingay

PUBLISHED: 15:22 10 June 2015 | UPDATED: 15:22 10 June 2015

Aaron Pledger, Walden's highest scorer on the day, hits the ball over mid on. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Aaron Pledger, Walden's highest scorer on the day, hits the ball over mid on. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden had no answers to Burwell bowlers Graham Hume and Alastair Allchin in a heavy defeat in the East Anglian Premier Legaue.

Joe Barrs sees a chance go begging. Picture: Jamie PluckJoe Barrs sees a chance go begging. Picture: Jamie Pluck

South African seamer Hume, a veteran of 57 first-class matches, took four wickets in a 12-over spell that went for just 24 runs – an average of less than two runs an over.

His biggest scalp of the day was Matt Gouldstone, who has been Walden’s talisman so far, amassing 482 league runs. Hume had the right-hander out for one run, by far his lowest output of the season.

Allchin provided the perfect foil to Hume, utilising his 6’5 frame to bounce Walden out.

A far less experienced cricketer – he has played just one first-class game – the 23-year-old was nigh on unplayable at Mingay Park, earning a five-wicket haul and going for less than three runs an over.

Scorebox

Saffron Walden..........106

Top performances: Pledger 31*, Gouldstone 3-43

Burwell..........109-5

Top performances: Richer 38, Allchin 5-39

Burwell won by five wickets

Full scorecard

Their bowling accounted for the entire top and middle orders as Walden lost seven wickets for 37 runs inside 20 overs. The majority of those runs came from opener Andrew Wright (10) and Jonathan Brace (15), who was moved to number three.

The other five batsmen failed to reach double figures and the trend continued as Thomas Philp was run out without scoring after facing one delivery.

Allchin had Spencer Hill (19) and Mihir Chandraker (1) caught to leave Walden staring at a demoralising 61-7. Aaron Pleder (31*) and Cameron Taylor put 45 runs in the board in their efforts to extend the innings and at least put a modicum of pressure on Burwell, but the final resistance was broken when Hume safety gather a chance from Taylor off his own bowling.

Faced with the unenviable task of trying to save the match, Walden’s bowlers were plundered for 51 runs by Peter Richer (38) and Ben Burna-Laue (14). They did strangle the run rate thereafter, and wickets from Philp (2-10) and Gouldstone (3-43) had Burwell at 60-4 after 16 overs.

Marc Pearson, however, stepped up a gear and blasted three sixes on his way to an unbeaten 35. In partnerships of 30 and 19 with Ben Seabrook (5) and Hume (5*) respectively, he won the game in the next eight overs to complete a thoroughly miserable outing for Walden.

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