Saffron Walden suffer six-wicket loss

PUBLISHED: 16:22 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 20 July 2016

Josh Down. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

Josh Down. Picture by Jamie Pluck.

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Giles Ecclestone’s half century came in vain as Saffron Walden were beaten by six wickets by Godmanchester.

Godmanchester won the toss and elected to bowl first on a typical hard and flat Walden wicket.

Having admitted he would have chosen to bat first, Joe Barrs was soon relieved that he had lost the toss.

Although starting brightly with John Hayes and Ecclestone at the crease, as soon as Godmanchester removed Hayes, they lost a steady stream of wickets.

With the exception of Ecclestone, who made 57, the top score was 26.

A combination of good bowling and poor shot selection from the Walden batsmen restricted them to 198 all out, an under par score on very good batting track at the Anglo American Playing Fields.

Still, having bowled Godmanchester out for 170 in the away fixture, Walden were hopeful of doing the same again this time.

However, despite the loss of an early wicket, Godmanchester mounted an aggressive response and were never really challenged by the Walden bowlers.

If it wasn’t for the bowling of Andrew Gale (3-15), the result could have been far worse for Saffron Walden.

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