Saffron Walden CC hot on the heels of the leaders after third straight victory

PUBLISHED: 15:53 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:53 11 May 2016

Alec Smith. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Alec Smith. Picture: Jamie Pluck


Saffron Walden captain Joe Barrs says his side will stay focussed in their pursuit of the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Premier League Tucker Gardner Division One leaders after their third successive victory on Saturday.

The Anglo American playing fields outfit travelled to struggling Waresley and after a strong batting display, seeing them to 225 all out, they dismissed their hosts for 150 and continued their 100 per cent winning record.

With Walden sitting third and just four points off pacesetters Wisbech Town, skipper Barrs told the Reporter: “It’s been a great start to the season for us with three strong results and contributions from the whole team.

“We intend to continue to stay focussed and maintain our winning habit for the season ahead.”

Walden lost the toss and were put into bat.

They didn’t get off to a great start with Michael Turner (seven) and Jack Sneath (two) out quickly leaving Alec Smith and Josh Down at the crease.

The pair batted well together rebuilding the innings until Down was caught on 34.

Smith continued a determined innings in partnership with Andrew Gale and made the home side pay for a dropped catch earlier in the innings, before eventually falling for 84 from a brilliant grab.

Walden’s innings finished on an above par score of 225 off 50 with the away side demonstrating the batting depth they hold in their team.

Waresley’s batting didn’t start well either, losing an early wicket to Barrs’ great caught-and-bowled effort.

Walden continued their attack with tight bowling leaving Waresley 55-4 in the 16th over with another wicket for Barrs and two wickets for Tom Philp (10-4-25-2).

After the fall of a further wicket to Ryan Deamer (10-1-25-2), Waresley’s batsmen steadied their run rate with Mihir Bushan and Dominic Farr putting on 44.

However, Walden’s bowling was relentless with their spinners taking the final wickets of the match leaving the hosts all out for 150 after 44.5 overs.

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