Walden made to hold on after Zimbabwean internationals put on 130

PUBLISHED: 15:48 23 May 2011

Saffron Walden Cricket Club, Catons Lane, Saffron Walden.; Saffron Walden (batting) v Burwell (fielding).

Saffron Walden Cricket Club, Catons Lane, Saffron Walden.; Saffron Walden (batting) v Burwell (fielding).

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THE world may not have ended at 6pm on Saturday, but skipper Neil Gladwin is concerned that his team’s title challenge may be over before it has started.

East Anglian Premier League

Burwell (227 all out) drew with Saffron Walden (195 for 9)

THE world may not have ended at 6pm on Saturday, but skipper Neil Gladwin is concerned that his team’s title challenge may be over before it has started.

Walden let slip a commanding position at lunch – Burwell were 115 for 7 – as ex-test player Adam Huckle and fellow Zimbabwean Kyle Jarvis put on 130 for the 8th wicket.

Just as the 20 army Chinooks that soared overhead, at times stopping play, Burwell managed to spin this game on its head with clinical lower order accumulation.

They sauntered their way to 227 off 63.1 overs – Huckle made 43 off 89 and Jarvis, who has seven ODI appearances, 66 off 114.

Tim Smith, who claimed a three-wicket maiden, was the pick for Walden and finished with figures of 4-33, ably supported by the hard-working Nick Batchelor (4-46).

In reply, comeback kid Ray Mordini anchored the home innings with 65 from 132 balls, but every time Walden pulled themselves into a potential run chase a wicket fell.

Both Andy Laws (31), who is looking to earn a contract with Middlesex, and Simon Parmenter (34) made starts but failed to go on as the hosts looked unsure as whether to go for the win or hold on for the points.

In the end it was Burwell gunning for victory as Walden crumbled following Mordini’s run out, only veteran Smith (22no) looked comfortable as his team held on nervously for a draw.

Leg-spinner Huckle, who has 25 test victims and played in the 1999 World Cup, led the Burwell attack expertly with 4-37.

Gladwin said: “It was nice that we actually showed a bit of fight,” he said. “But it was a big disappointment because this is a game we would have expected to win.

“As soon as we got the seventh wicket we seemed to ease up a bit – lost our discipline. Their guys rode their luck, and batted the situation, but I would have expected us to bowl them out.

“Confidence is low in the camp – I am in no form at the moment and have to be leading from the front. Not feeling confident might transpire through the side – if I’m a bit edgy the rest of the team might be.

“If we get ourselves on a roll – three or four wins – we can get up there, but whether we are good enough at the moment I don’t know.”

Aussie opening bowler Jacob Rodgers is currently nursing a back injury but Grant Gillard is a doubt for this weekend’s game at Bury St Edmunds, after straining his groin going for a catch on Saturday.

Walden Batting

R B 4s 6s

Ray Mordini run out Huckle 65 132 7 0

Stephen Larsen b Jarvis 5 22 0 0

Andy Laws LBW Huckle 31 58 2 0

Simon Parmenter ct Goosen b Huckle 34 46 4 0

Neil Gladwin* + b Frans Johannes Bester 8 29 1 0

Jacob Rodgers ct Summerskill b Jarvis 14 20 3 0

Grant Gillard LBW b Bester 0 1 0 0

Tim Smith Not Out 22 26 4 0

Steve Marsh ct Lawton b Huckle 2 4 0 0

Nick Batcheler LBW b Huckle 0 2 0 0

Darren Cousins Not Out 0 3 0 0

Extras (2lb 5w 7nb) 14

Total (9 wickets, 56 overs) 195

Walden bowling

Burwell 227 all out (63.1 overs)

Darren Cousins 16 4 51 1

Jacob Rodgers 6 2 25 0

Nick Batcheler 12.1 3 46 4

Tim Smith 16 7 33 4

Andy Laws 6 1 30 0

Steve Marsh 7 0 27 0

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