Saffron Walden maintain 100 per cent Tucker Gardner Division One winning record with Blunham thrashing

PUBLISHED: 17:03 04 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10 04 May 2016

Saffron Walden skipper Joe Barrs bowls Blunham's McGlynn. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Saffron Walden skipper Joe Barrs bowls Blunham's McGlynn. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden CC maintained their 100 per cent record in Tucker Gardner Division One after a nine-wicket victory over Blunham at Anglo American Playing Fields on Saturday.

Looking for a second win at the start of the season, the hosts won the toss and put Blunham into bat.

Walden were comfortably on top with the openers going at a slow run rate.

Skipper Joe Barrs and Jack Sneath took several wickets each with only one batsman for Blunham going past 30 runs.

By the 40th over, Blunham were bowled out for a mere 150.

The batting performance from Walden that followed was aggressive and well-paced.

Openers Jack Sneath and Michael Turner put on 45 for an opening stand before Turner gave his wicket away, caught at gully after striking the ball well.

Alec Smith, Walden’s overseas player, then joined Jack who continued to score at a prolific rate, eventually finishing the game inside 25 overs.

Sneath finished on an unbeaten 68, a professional innings and Smith on 44 not out, another great innings.

Captain Barrs said: “Despite relegation last year, the first XI will be fielding much the same side this season.

“Last year, we invested heavily in our young players, gaining them invaluable experience at the height of club cricket.

“We’ll maintain that theme this year, and these players are another year older and that little bit more experienced - we hope this will pay dividends.

“However, it is going to be another tough year in Division One, complacency hasn’t entered our mindset, and we are willing to work harder than ever to develop the winning habit.”

Walden play away to Waresley next Saturday looking for another win.


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