Smith scores maiden ton in second game

PUBLISHED: 13:52 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:52 02 July 2015

Alec Smith. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Alec Smith. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden's newest overseas player, Alec Smith, is off to a flying start.

Matt Gouldstone. Picture: Jamie PluckMatt Gouldstone. Picture: Jamie Pluck

The right-hander from Tasmania made his debut for Walden’s first team last week in an Adams Harrison Cup match at Haverhill and proceeded to score 63. His score helped Walden to a six-run win.

If his debut was impressive, his first East Anglian Premier League game for the club was even better.

The right-hander found the boundary 10 times, and cleared it a further four, in a stunning innings of 132 that came off 151 balls against Horsford at the Anglo American Playing Fields on Saturday.

His maiden ton for the club couldn’t have come at a better time either, as Walden were on the brink of disaster at 28-3 in the 13th over. For the next two hours, Smith and Matt Gouldstone frustrated the bowlers as they consistently found gaps in the field on the way to a 158-run fourth wicket stand.

Scorebox

Saffron Walden..........278-6

Top performances: Smith 132, Barrs 4-70

Horsford..........275-7

Top performances: Marillier 91, Timmins 1-17

Match drawn

Full scorecard

Gouldstone was forced to walk after being trapped in front by Caleb Futter but his 59 will be just as pleasing to Walden’s captain, Joe Barrs, as the emergence of Smith.

Gouldstone was unstoppable at the start of the year and averaged over 57 throughout May, despite a duck against Cambridge Granta. He followed up an 89 with one against Burwell but was back to his best on Saturday.

Still, the innings belonged to Smith, who scored another 45 runs with Tom Picton-Turberville, before finally falling, caught by William Bryan off Chris Brown.

Joe Barrs and Andrew Gale hit some late runs and the innings closed on 278-6.

Smith’s first ton may have arrived in only his second game but he is still waiting for his first wicket. After bowling three wicket-less overs against Haverhill, he served up another zero on Saturday.

If his batting is anything to go by, he won’t have to wait long.

Barrs was the principle wicket-taker for Walden, claiming 4-70, but it wasn’t enough to force a result. Stephan Marillier’s 91 and Brown’s unbeaten 56 saw to that as they put 83 runs on the board for the sixth wicket.

Marillier was the last wicket of the day, caught by Cameron Taylor off Barrs, as Brown and Darren Smith, who carried his bat for 25, saw off the last five overs to earn a share of the points.

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