Saffron Walden CC miss out on league title

PUBLISHED: 20:37 07 September 2010

Saffron batsman Nick Hurford leans into another drive for four

Saffron batsman Nick Hurford leans into another drive for four


SAFFRON WALDEN CC did all they could to keep themselves in the title hunt on Saturday but they were left pondering what might have been this season.

Securing a maximum 30 points with an emphatic 141-run win Neil Gladwin’s men missed out on a last game title decider as the league title went to Cambridge Granta.

Second placed Walden went to Burwell knowing they were playing catch-up and after winning the toss batted first with the goal of reaching 250 as quickly as possible.

They did so with some sensible and calculated batting from experienced campaigners Giles Ecclestone (52) and former England international Jason Gallian (34).

On a difficult and at times unpredictable track, star of the day Joe Barrs added an unbeaten 34 down the order to set up a declaration from Gladwin with the total on 250 for seven.

Adam Huckle (3-52) and captain Mark Bissett (3-69) were the pick of the Burwell bowlers.

In reply the hosts struggled early on as that man Barrs tore through the batting line-up, finishing with superb figures of five for 12 from just 6.1 overs.

Nick Batcheler supported him with three for 36 and the ever-dependable Tim Smith chipped in as well with a couple of wickets.

The only real resistance to the onslaught was provided by Huckle, who mustered a steady 18. Burwell were gunned out for just 149.

The short-lived celebrations for the Walden boys were soon dampened though as the result of league leaders Granta filtered through.

The Cambridge side had narrowly won by three wickets at home to Norwich – enough to secure a first-ever East Anglian Premier League title.

Skipper Gladwin said: “We gave it our best shot and can still look back on a very successful year. We have to remember however that halfway through the season we were clear at the top by 30 points.

“A bad mid-season cost us and we lost the league rather than Granta winning it. Even so, they only lost one game like ourselves and so they deserve that success.

“We will be making sure we get that runners up spot this Saturday and then next season will see a real push for the title.”

In what could have been a title decider, Walden will play Granta at home this Saturday, starting at 11am.

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