There were nail-biting finishes for two of the Saffron Walden Cricket Club teams - but both ended up with a success.

The firsts won by three wickets away to Horsford in the East Anglian Premier League.

The Norfolk hosts won the toss and elected to bat and lost opener Ethan Metcalf in the fourth over, Cameron Taylor taking the wicket.

From there, the Horsford top order dug in with an 120-run partnership between Jason Reynolds and William Rogers.

Further wickets were taken by Robinson, Rae and Farmer but after 57 of the 60 overs available to them, Horsford felt they had set a defendable target and declared on 278-4.

Unfazed, Walden set about the task with a steady rate set by openers Nick Taylor and Tom Bonham.

They did find themselves at 70-2 after 20 overs, and with the required run rate increasing, which is where a classy century from captain Josh Down (110), aided and abetted by an 126-run partnership with Harry Gallian (60), left the visitors 79 to win in 12 overs at a required rate of six-an-over.

However, Bryn Mendel (49* from 40 balls) and Daniel Farmer (14 from 10 balls) cranked up the gears and scored 17 of the next over and 11 off the following, Mendel bringing the team home with boundary off the first ball of the final over. 

The seconds had an even tighter game before beating Southill Park at home by one wicket.

The match was rain-delayed by 45 minutes but the visitors were seemingly doing fine at 83-2 after 16 overs.

However, the introduction of spinners, Josh O'Connor (4-17) and Sam Osborne (3-12) quickly flipped the match on its head as they combined to dismiss Southill Park for 117.

Walden's chase got off to a rocky start which left them at 47-4.

That brought Henry Wiseman and Luke Swanston, who added 47 in quick time to seemingly break the back of the run chase.

Wiseman's departure for 40 in 36 balls led to another mini collapse, with Walden falling to 110-9 and it needed Swanston (23*) and Rodda to see the chase home.

The thirds lost to Wilbrahams though and the fourths were beaten by Little Shelford.

It was another fantastic weekend for High Roding's first team.

They maintained their top spot in the Mid Essex Premier Division by winning at Tillingham by 79 runs.

Ben Chillingworth and Tegid Thomas put on 90 in 13 overs with Chillingworth going on to score 69.

He was aided by George Halls (48), Angus Burns (33) and John Tasker (31), letting them reach 267-7 from their 45 overs.

Good spin bowling by Sam South and Travis Doyle restricted the scoring and they took five wickets in a combined 18 overs, Doyle finishing on 3-36 and South getting 2-29.

Tillingham held off losing their last wicket but were all done with 188-9.

The seconds lost to Rainham and the thirds played well against table toppers Clogham, despite suffering a 38-run loss.

Not to be out done the ladies' section also had two good wins.

First they beat Galleywood by 118 runs and then Woodford Wells by five wickets.

Aythorpe Roding were unable to raise a side and had to concede the game against Little Baddow in Mid Essex Division One and lose 20 points.