Last-gasp delight for Walden's youngsters

PUBLISHED: 13:24 02 August 2007 | UPDATED: 21:46 29 May 2010

Linton under 10s enjoyed an excellent season

Linton under 10s enjoyed an excellent season

A run from the last ball of the match gave Saffron Walden under 12s victory over Sawston. Walden won the toss and decided to field first. Opening bowlers Andrew Jordan and Jamie White bowled very tightly making it difficult for Sawston to score runs and a

A run from the last ball of the match gave Saffron Walden under 12s victory over Sawston.

Walden won the toss and decided to field first. Opening bowlers Andrew Jordan and Jamie White bowled very tightly making it difficult for Sawston to score runs and after six overs the score was 15-0.

Ben Brown came on to bowl and took the wicket of Oli Stevens to break the opening partnership. Jake Andrews and Jack Hayden batted very well until Hayden (16), was out in the 19th over.

In the last over, David Anthony took a superb diving catch to dismiss Jake Andrews (29), from Hamish Penman's bowling and Sawston ended their innings on 90-3 in 20 overs, helped along by a late flurry of 13 runs from Devon Pilkington.

Saffron Walden's openers struggled to score runs as the Sawston attack bowled well. Andrew Jordan was eventually out in the 14th over scoring 21, trying to increase the run rate.

David Anthony joined opener Jamie White (21 no) and scored a quick fire 18, including three boundaries, putting Walden back in touch.

With one over to go, Walden needed four runs to win. After three balls and three runs, David Anthony was caught.

Jamie Wright came to the crease and managed to scramble a run from the last to ball to give Walden the victory.

Linton under 10s defeated Sawston by 35 runs in their penultimate match of the season.

Batting first, Linton made steady progress, but it was left to the final two pairs to post a total Sawston would have to work hard to achieve.

Superb batting from Will Gardner (21) and Noah Wright (26), ably supported by Nathan Banks (13), ensured an exciting end to the innings.

Linton's bowlers started well, taking early wickets and keeping the run rate down. However, with three overs to go, Sawston's score was ahead of Linton's at the same stage and a nail-biting finish was assured.

Three very economical overs and three wickets for Oliver Barnes in the final over, who finished with figures of 4-13, restricted Sawston to 243 and Linton having achieved a total of 278, were the clear winners.

Linton under 10s rounded off an excellent season with a fine victory at Cokenach.

Bowling first, Linton were always in control taking regular wickets and restricting Cokenach to 236.

In another outstanding all-round performance, Noah Wright finished with figures of 5-3 off his three overs.

Linton started their batting reply strongly, achieving the required runs within the first three overs, Noah Wright once again starring with 30 runs.

However, it wasn't until Max Burgess-Clarke came to the crease that Linton finally put the game out of Cokenach's reach, contributing 17 important runs at a time when the Cokenach bowlers had pegged Linton back.

Linton finally reached 268 and won the game by 32 runs.

Playing on an artificial wicket, Linton under 13s slipped to a defeat at home to Abington.

Abington, batting first, adjusted to the conditions far better than Linton and posted a good score of 90. Harry Franlin played some excellent shots in his 34 not out.

The highlight for Linton was a superb catch by Bobbie Claxton in the deep, but generally Linton's fielding was well below par.

James Macer batted for 19 overs in a superb effort to reach the team target and was eventually out for 27.

Abington's bowling and fielding shone. David Lowe, Will Kenzie and Howley all took regular wickets to slow Linton's progress and provide Abington with a well deserved victory by six runs.

Linton U13s concluded their most successful season to date defeating Weston Colville with an impressive performance.

Linton, batting first, saw James Macer (31), Alex Flynn (22), and Ben Foster (16), all support Sam Herbert's excellent innings of 40 not out.

This was despite some very good bowling from several of the Colville players and three wickets from A Phillips.

Linton ended on 131, their highest score of the year.

The team improvement continued in the field, with some brilliant stops restricting the home team's reply to 91 in their 20 overs.

Herbert claimed three wickets while Dan Sanderson, Michael Schumann Pratt and Scott Brooker all fielded superbly.

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