Ketton steam to Tucker Gardner Division One victory over Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 11:11 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:11 04 August 2016

Joe Barrs. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Joe Barrs. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saturday was a day to forget for Saffron Walden as they were beaten by 70 runs at home to Ketton in Tucker Gardner Division One action at Anglo American Playing Fields.

On the back of a good home win against Waresley seven days prior, Walden, now fifth and 44 points off leaders Foxton, were confident they could replicate the feat when asked to bowl first by the visitors.

In many ways they exceeded their performance of the week before.

Joe Barrs (3-24) and Jack Sneath (0-20) got the innings off to a fantastic start, restricting Ketton to just over two an over in the first 10 overs.

Walden’s change bowlers continued the good start and frustrated Ketton’s top and middle order batsmen, who were now losing wickets as well as momentum.

The hosts’ fielding was exceptional and allowed Walden to put a stranglehold on the Ketton innings, eventually dismissing them for 171, a total Walden should have been confident of chasing down.

In tune with recent performances, unfortunately Walden lost early wickets which limited their ability to get runs on the board in the first 20 overs.

Therefore they were behind the required rate for much of their innings.

A confident knock from Charlie Knightley (43) saw Walden pass 100, but unfortunately only just, as they were all out for 101.

Walden have an opportunity to redeem themselves in a third successive home game on Saturday, this time against second-placed Wisbech.

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