Wisbech hand Saffron Walden first Tucker Gardner Division One defeat of the season

PUBLISHED: 09:58 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:15 26 May 2016

Walden batsman

Walden batsman

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Promotion rivals Wisbech Town inflicted Saffron Walden’s first defeat of the Tucker Gardner Division One season, triumphing by 174 runs on Saturday.

Captain Joe Barrs won the toss and elected to bowl first but the Walden bowling attack was unable to find consistency with the ball allowing the Wisbech batsmen to score freely during all stages of the innings. Helped by a poor fielding display, Wisbech were able to reach 287-6 off their 50 overs.

Openers Danny Haynes (78) and Sam Albutt (74 not out) led the way for the hosts while number three and wicketkeeper Josh Bowers notched a handy 40.

The Walden batsmen were set a difficult task of chasing down this total and with the top four batsmen failing to make it past 10 – Oliver Rooney (eight), Jack Sneath (four), Alec Smith (zero) and Andrew Gale (three) – the task at hand became even more challenging.

Niraj Odedra started to re-build the innings with a well-made 51, with the support of Josh Down, before the rain came and brought proceedings to a close with Walden ending 113-5.

Due to the score being behind Wisbech’s run rate, it resulted in a first defeat of the season.

The 2nds fared better though as they saw off fourth-placed Fordham by eight wickets at Anglo American Playing Fields.

Fordham batted first and found trouble early as opener Gareth Summerskill was run out by Michael Turner for just three.

Luke Du Plooy battled on bravely before being removed by Ben Harris (3-30) for 33.

Tom Williams showed some resistance at number seven, stroking a decent 35 but Alex Hancock soon accounted for him to leave Fordham 184-8.

Mihir Chandraker (3-24) cleaned up the tail with three successive wickets to leave Walden chasing 195.

The home side needed just four wickets to do so.

Opener Alex Morley led the way with an unbeaten 65 and Mark Kimberley (10) finished off the success as the 2nds recorded their third win.


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