Youngsters show their mettle to help Saffron Walden to victory

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 August 2016

Alex Hancock bowls for Saffron Walden

Alex Hancock bowls for Saffron Walden

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A sixth-wicket stand of 145 between teenager Michael Turner and Jack Sneath saw Saffron Walden pick up their first Tucker Gardner Division One victory for three games by beating Histon by four wickets on the road on Saturday.

Walden bowled first and got off to a solid start with skipper Joe Barrs and Sneath restricting the top order Histon batsmen.

However, the consistent pitch combined with the lightning quick outfield meant that when the ball did beat the inner fielders, it would often go to the boundary. That helped the openers put on a terrific stand as they cruised to 157-2 as Dave Poskitt (72) and David Ball (35) gave Histon a good platform.

However, aware that sides batting first had scored 300 plus in the last four games at Histon, the home batsman tried to accelerate, often in reckless fashion.

They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, but their aggressive approach was rewarded with a steady flow of boundaries too. They eventually closed on 251-6. Alex Hancock (2-42) was the pick of Walden’s bowlers.

In response, Walden were able to get off to a steady start with the bat, not losing a wicket in the early overs.

John Hayes (12) and Stephen Larsen (21) added 31 before the latter was caught behind.

Things began to hot up when 16-year-old Turner (78 not out) and Sneath (71) arrived at the crease.

With Walden staring down the barrel at 85-5, the young pair knuckled down to drag their side back into the game their team.

They did just that, putting on 145 for the sixth wicket as Walden won with just over six overs to spare.

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