Wisbech hold on to put dent in Saffron Walden promotion bid
PUBLISHED: 15:57 10 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:57 10 August 2016
Saffron Walden were beaten by 17 runs by Wisbech in Tucker Gardner Division One at Anglo American Playing Fields on Saturday.
Skipper Joe Barrs lost the toss and SWCC were asked to bowl first.
In stark contrast to recent weeks, Walden got off to a sloppy start.
The opening pair of Barrs and Jack Sneath were unable to stem the aggressive start by the Wisbech openers, who scored freely.
However, their aggression quickly became their undoing.
Walden, through Alex Hancock and Ben Waring, slowly started to pull themselves back into the game with Wisbech losing several wickets.
Walden’s outstanding fielding applied pressure to the Wisbech batsmen and together with tighter bowling, this restricted them to 249-8.
On the back of poor batting performances in the last two games, Walden started in confident fashion.
Stephen Larsen and John Hayes putting on 40 for the first wicket.
This brought former England batsman Jason Gallian to the crease with Hayes.
However, the latter also soon departed. It wasn’t until Ali Russell joined Gallian, with Walden on 97-3, that SWCC were able to build a substantial partnership.
The pair put on 70 and set the platform for Walden to attack in the final overs and propel themselves towards the 250 winning target, Gallian (69) and Russell (48).
It wasn’t to be as Walden lost a flurry of wickets as they looked to attack and ended up falling short.
They now sit 51 points off pacesetters Foxton with five games remaining.