Odedra puts the champions in a spin as Saffron Walden claim fourth straight victory
PUBLISHED: 12:34 18 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 18 May 2016
Niraj Odedra spun last season’s unbeaten Tucker One champions, Godmanchester, into trouble as he took 5-5 to down the hosts by 16 runs and extend Saffron Walden’s winning start to four games on Saturday.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Walden got off to a steady start, but lost both openers within the first 10 overs.
However, this was a position they had found themselves in before this season and they were soon rebuilding the innings through Andrew Gale and Alec Smith.
Their partnership passed 50 runs and after 30 overs gone, Walden found themselves at around 90-2 - a commanding position on a deteriorating pitch.
However, both Smith and Gale then fell short of half centuries and Walden were left having to consolidate going into the last 10 overs, having lost wickets at regular intervals.
Some late aggressive contributions from Joe Barrs and Ryan Deamer recovered the innings to 180 from the 50 overs, a total the visitors were confident of defending.
Barrs then opted to opening the bowling with the recently promoted Odedra, which was perhaps a sign of how conducive to spin they felt the pitch would be in the second half.
It was Barrs who made the early breakthrough, bowling Tariq Aziz.
With Odedra proving a challenge from the other end, Walden quickly resorted to spin from both ends, Deamer and Gale also claiming early wickets.
However, a Godmanchester partnership of over 80 runs then threatened to end Walden’s unbeaten start to 2016, needing just 40 runs still with six wickets in hand.
Once again, Odedra came up with the goods, claiming the decisive breakthrough.
Although losing wickets at one end, Godmanchester still had Durrant at the other who had passed the 50 mark.
But a clever piece of bowling from Jack Sneath soon removed him and it was left to Odedra and Smith to claim the remaining wickets with Godmanchester falling 16 runs short of Walden’s score.
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