Walden get valuable points thanks to Gallian and Done

PUBLISHED: 13:55 27 July 2011

Walden IIs: Andrew Gale celebrating the wicket of P Berrill LBW. Andrew Gale scored 98* earlier in the match

Walden IIs: Andrew Gale celebrating the wicket of P Berrill LBW. Andrew Gale scored 98* earlier in the match

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A STAR all-round performance by Aussie Ryan Done was the catalyst for some important points as Saffron Walden look to pull away from the bottom of the table.

East Anglian Premier League

Saffron Walden (222 for eight) drew with Great Witchingham (195 for nine)

A STAR all-round performance by Aussie Ryan Done was the catalyst for some important points as Saffron Walden look to pull away from the bottom of the table.

Done struck an unbeaten 41 at the end of the innings as Walden managed a competitive total of 222 for eight off 66 overs, largely thanks to a gritty 81 from Jason Gallian.

The 19-year-old then bowled maturely to capture three scalps for the price of 59 runs including the vital wicket of Thomas Collishaw (70) when the number four looked set to grab victory for the hosts.

Captain Neil Gladwin is now expecting his team to push on and finish as high as they can in the league – he also revealed a new signing in ex-Worcestershire opening bat Elliot Wilson who has returned to fitness after a serious back injury.

“The side we have now is capable of winning this league,” said Gladwin. “But we are just too far behind. We still have no wins in eight but last Saturday was a good performance.

“Ryan bowled terrifically, he bowled maturely as well. He is not afraid to toss the ball up and he can spin it a long way.

“It was also good to see Jason back in the runs. We are at home to Swardston on Saturday, they are top of the league, but I believe with the players we now have back we can beat anyone.”

With Walden only wicket short of victory they secured 13 points on Saturday and will be looking to gun down some of the teams above them as they seek to climb up the ladder.

- Walden’s second string claimed a five-run victory against Godmanchester Town thanks to a sparkling performance from Andrew Gale who carried his bat for 98 and then took four for 27 with the ball. He was ably supported by another youngster Alex Marjoribanks who notched 72 with the willow and took three wickets for 19 runs. Walden set 202 for victory and sneaked home by dismissing the Gods for 196.

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