Picture gallery: Cricket: Saffron Walden lose out against Swardeston

09:48 12 June 2014

Ray Mordini was Walden

Ray Mordini was Walden's top scorer against Swardeston, hitting 69.

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A 107-run partnership between Ray Mordini and skipper Giles Ecclestone could not prevent Walden’s four-wicket defeat at home to table-toppers Swardeston, onSaturday.

Giles Ecclestone scored 52 in the defeat at home to Swardeston.Giles Ecclestone scored 52 in the defeat at home to Swardeston.

The pair were the mainstays of the Walden innings as the team set a competitive target in a reduced 48 overs, but hopes of a more positive outcome fell away as the bowlers struggled to halt the Swardeston attack.

Walden skipper Ecclestone though, was pleased with the performance.

“It was a good game, played in a good atmosphere and the young lads played well,” he said.

“We put up a good fight and 200 was a competitive score in reduced overs.

“Our bowling lacked a bit of penetration and we weren’t brilliant in the field. There were a couple of chances put down – if we’d have taken them it would have given us a decent chance. In the end they got in quite comfortably.”

After a delay due to thunderstorms, Swardeston won the toss and elected to field.

Mordini batted particularly well for Walden, hitting 69 before being caught off the bowling of Peter Lambert, and Ecclestone – who is still nursing an elbow injury – scored 52 off 52 balls before being stumped by Jeremy Elliott.

Tom Philp (17) and Andrew Winton (13) also added decent knocks at the tail end as the innings ended on 200.

Swardeston started like a train in chasing down the target with opener Lambert hitting a quick-fire 25 before being caught off Winton’s delivery.

It was one of four wickets taken by Winton in the match, Walden’s overseas player from Australia continuing his own impressive form this season.

Winton also took the wickets of Elliott (0) and Stephen Gray (24), and Ali Hancock the wicket of Callum Taylor (3) as Walden pegged back their opponents.

Then Lewis Denmark came in at five for Swardeston and transformed the innings.

His 66 not out off of 82 balls made real in-roads into the target, while Jason Reynolds scored 35, Alex Levinson 13 and George Walker 13 not out to push the visitors comfortably over the line.

● Next up, Walden travel to Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

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