Saffron Walden get Tucker Gardner Division One title bid back on track

PUBLISHED: 10:22 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:48 07 July 2016

Jack Sneath bowling against Mildenhall

Jack Sneath bowling against Mildenhall

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Saffron Walden reignited their Tucker Gardner Division One title challenge with a 28-run victory over Blunham on Saturday.

Coming into the game on the back of two defeats, Walden were struggling for form and confidence but Josh Down’s 57 and Jack Sneath’s super 4-12 led them to a much-needed victory.

Walden were asked to bat first on a soft, wet wicket conducive for bowling.

The visitors again appeared to get off to a steady start, with Sneath and Hayes scoring a flurry of runs in the early overs.

However, at 25-2 they were stuttering.

Down settled the ship though battling hard for his half-century and was joined late in his innings by Joe Barrs, who also made 26.

Walden finished on 192-9.

In reply, some tight bowling at the top of the order from Cameron Taylor and Tom Philp saw Blunham lose three wickets inside 13 overs.

A rain shower then suspended play for 30 minutes, which took three overs from the innings and reduced their target to 181.

Aside from a brief flutter of aggressive run-scoring from Shabz Hussain and Connor Heaps, Blunham continued to lose a steady stream of wickets after the break.

Although only needing around three runs an over, they couldn’t get on top of the rate and soon fell behind.

Blunham were eventually bowled out for 153.

The success means Walden have climbed back into fourth in the table, 29 points adrift of leaders Foxton.

Burwell are next up for Walden on Saturday.

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