Godmanchester II thwarted by Walden

Godmanchester II claimed eight wickets, but failed to kill off Saffron Walden.


AFTER setting Saffron Walden a stiff target of 286 to win, Godmanchester II failed to kill off their opposition – despite claiming eight �wickets – and had to settle for a draw.

Batting first in the Tucker 2 game, Paul Berrill (45) headed some good early batting for Godmanchester.

Robert Howells (60) pushed on with support from Elliot Cafferkey and Elliott Baldwin to get �Godmanchester to 285-8.

Jack Skidmore (4-70) then put the skids under the Walden reply but Matt Stewart (101*) proved a real sticker and saw his side to a draw.

Adam Rendall managed a good spell, taking two wickets, and none of the Godmanchester bowlers took too much stick. The 57 extras flattered Walden, who never looked likely to get much from the game.

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Godmanchester captain James Leet was full of praise for his side. He said: “We played well as a unit and dominated throughout.

“An early declaration was risky on a good track with a short boundary, but I think they would have seen out time even if they had batted another four or five overs.”

n Godmanchester I chased down a modest total of 173-9 set by Granta II in their quest for promotion from Tucker Gardner 1.

Wayne Bradley (83) and Trent Pascoe (46*) were responsible for a 143-run partnership that saw Goddy to 174-3.

Earlier, Oliver Verrall and James Cowan had �captured three wickets apiece to keep the Granta batting firmly on the back foot.