Century for Sparrow at Romford

PUBLISHED: 15:32 24 May 2007 | UPDATED: 21:42 29 May 2010

An impressive 133 from Ryan Sparrow was not enough to prevent Gidea Park & Romford holding Saffron Walden to a draw on Saturday in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division. Gidea won the toss and put Walden into bat, but found Sparrow on top form.

An impressive 133 from Ryan Sparrow was not enough to prevent Gidea Park & Romford holding Saffron Walden to a draw on Saturday in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division.

Gidea won the toss and put Walden into bat, but found Sparrow on top form.

However, only Captain Joe Holland gave him any real support scoring 76.

"After losing the toss I wasn't too disappointed with the draw as we had to bat on a wet and horrible wicket," said Walden captain Holland.

"It had dried up by the second innings and we had to bowl them on a decent batting track. I honestly believe that if we had won the toss we would have gone on to win the game, but the draw was a decent result in the circumstances."

Andrew Churchill was the Walden nemesis taking five wickets with only Jack Ford and Owais Qadeer making double figures as the visitors finished their 64 overs on 265-8.

Pick of the Romford bowlers was Churchill (19-4-44-5) and Zaim Ammar (10-2-44-2).

Gidea Park got off to a solid start in response with opener Haris Afridi and Russ Collard hitting 36 and 39 respectively.

Azimunnoor Chowdhury came to the crease and hit 20, but it was Churchill (49) and Ammar (85) who edged the hosts closer to their target.

However, an impressive spell of bowling and fielding slowed down the run rate and Gidea settled for a draw reaching 260-8 in 56 overs.

Taking the wickets for Walden was McCoubry (21-4-86-4) and Westley (21-2-94-4). Both teams picked up 10 points.

On Saturday Walden visit newly promoted Chingford.

"They are an unknown quantity as they have just come up, but we are confident and it will be nice to get that first tick in the win column," said the Walden skipper.

On Sunday Walden beat Bishop's Stortford by 14 runs in the ECB Cockspur Cup Group 14 Round Two at the Anglo American Playing Fields.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat. However, Sparrow could not repeat his exploits of Saturday and was caught on seven by Lindop off Brown's bowling.

Fellow opener Tim Smith fared a lot better hitting 49 before he was caught by Padgett, but he wasn't supported too much by William Earl (4) and Joe Holland (7).

Walden were undone by five great catches from Kevin Walls, although Jack Ford (30) and Josh Coote (21 no) pushed the Walden total on to 153-9.

Bishop's Stortford got off to a steady start in response with Luke Padgett making 36 and fellow opener Pav Guliani making 14.

David Hughes made 15 and Anthony Brown hit 20, but Walden were bowling well and slowing the run rate.

Smith kept up his good form bowling economically taking one wicket and conceding just four runs in the process in nine overs as Stortford finished on 139-7 after their 45 overs, giving the hosts the victory.

"We didn't bat too well and didn't adapt to the conditions," said Holland.

"I felt 160 would be enough as we have a strong bowling line up, but it turned out we didn't even need that many and I was delighted to get the win against our local rivals.

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