Saffron Walden keep promotion hopes alive with Waresley win

PUBLISHED: 17:18 27 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:18 27 July 2016

Joe Barrs bowls for Walden

Joe Barrs bowls for Walden

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Promotion-chasing Saffron Walden bounced back from a six-wicket Tucker Gardner Division One defeat to Godmanchester to beat Waresley at Anglo American Playing Fields on Saturday.

Alistair Russell’s unbeaten 67 and Alex Hancock’s 3-35 were the highlights as the hosts kept in touch with league leaders Foxton, now sitting just 30 points behind.

Skipper Joe Barrs lost another toss and Walden were asked to bowl first on a hot day.

Admitting he would have bowled first too, Barrs was still enthusiastic about the challenge of bowling on a predominantly batsman’s wicket at Walden.

It was the bowling in particular that let the side down against Godmanchester, and the home side had clearly learnt their lessons.

Barrs and Jack Sneath got the hosts off to a superb start, restricting Waresley to less than 20 in the first 10 overs.

This set the groundwork for a fantastic fielding and bowling display from the side.

Along with Hancock’s haul, Barrs picked up two wickets.

Jack Sneath’s spell of eight overs for 11 runs was also a key contributor to the eventual victory.

The Waresley innings concluded on a modest 168-9, a massively under-par score considering the conditions.

Walden’s batsmen also had much to improve on from the week before, but got off to a similarly sketchy start, losing regular wickets until Russell entered the game.

His wicket-keeping had already made a considerable difference for Walden, but his batting once again set him apart from the crowd.

He was joined in the latter part of his innings by Joe Barrs (35 not out) who put on a partnership in excess of 60 runs to win the game with just five wickets down.

This victory will give the side confidence going into Saturday’s home game with Ketton, who they previously lost to earlier this year.

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