Youth cricket - Derby delight for Walden

Saffron Walden under 12s came out on top in the derby clash with Linton. Walden again won the toss and batted first. Linton struck quickly by bowling Jamie White for a duck in the second over. However, Will Glydon joined Andrew Jordan and they both played

Saffron Walden under 12s came out on top in the derby clash with Linton.

Walden again won the toss and batted first. Linton struck quickly by bowling Jamie White for a duck in the second over. However, Will Glydon joined Andrew Jordan and they both played beautifully until Andrew Jordan was run out on

24 and Will Glydon was given LBW on 13.

Tom Greig then came to the crease and hit an explosive innings finishing on 28 not out, with Ben Brown the other not out batsman on two as Walden made 99-3 in 20 overs.

Linton's innings was always in touch with the required run rate, although they kept losing wickets regularly. Andrew Jordan bowled an explosive opening spell taking two wickets and Hamish Penman produced some superb spin bowling to take three wickets and ended with figures of 4-0-18-3.

Captain Jamie White brought himself into bowl for the 12th over, and bowled a superb two over spell taking four wickets, including a hat-trick as Linton were all out in the 14th over for 65 runs.

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Saffron Walden under 12s put in a battling performance to defeat Fulbourn by 28 runs.

Saffron Walden won the toss and chose to bat first. Openers Jamie White and Andrew Jordan put on a good opening partnership of 45, before Andrew Jordan was run out on 20 and Jamie soon followed on 20 as well.

Tom Greig and Will Glydon played well together with Tom Greig the dominant force scoring 28 not out. Once Will Glydon was out, Tom was supported by Jamie Wright who finished the innings on seven not out as Walden reached 119-3 in 20 overs.

Fulbourn started poorly with their opener Reid going for a duck and Mair also run out on nought.

Only Clayden and Kindred made any resistance, the latter scoring an excellent 33 before being bowled by Jamie White in the last over.

Fulbourn couldn't quite make the target and fell 28 runs short giving Walden the victory.

Saffron Walden under 16s just managed to complete their innings and record their highest total this summer, before the heavens opened and the match against Billericay in the Essex Matchplay was abandoned.

Walden began this match with two newcomers opening the batting. Alex Stafford was quickly out for seven, but Joe Barrs joined Mark Pearson and runs began to accumulate quickly.

Pearson looked confident hitting all round the wicket and just when a big stand seemed in the offing, Barrs was caught in the gully for 20.

David Herd hit a rapid 12, before Aaron Pledger joined Mark and scored 51 in good time to put his side in a strong position. Mark Pearson was eventually out after an excellent innings of 82 which meant big hitting Harry Picton-Turberville came to the wicket and justified his reputation with a series of massive blows all around the ground.

His 50 came in 19 balls and when he was run out for 60 he had faced only 26 balls.

Will Brown and Theo Norris were not out when the innings closed on 256 after 40 overs.

Thaxted under 15s were on top form in the Bardfield League defeating Stebbing.

Excellent bowling and fielding contributed as Thaxted demolished Stebbing's batting as they were dismissed for 16, after just 10 overs of their allotted 20 overs.

Two wickets apiece came from Max Rendell and Luke Matthews while Ed Priest took four wickets in just two overs.

Thaxted replied with an opening partnership of 84 from Ryan Webster (38) and Jacob Noble (34). Max Rendell was also on top form rattling off a quick 45 not out in only 27 deliveries as Thaxted finished on 164-2.

Two games in a week saw Linton under 10s' first defeat of the season against a much improved Saffron Walden side.

With Linton batting first in gloomy conditions they struggled to make any headway at all against an impressive bowling attack. Only Will Gardner (20) and Oliver Barnes (10), reached double figures, but with the loss of so many wickets Linton could only amass a total of 228.

Walden in reply made good early progress, aided by some erratic Linton fielding. There was a brief fight back in the middle of the innings with Noah Wright, Jack Howard and Peter Gordon taking five wickets between them in the space of three overs.

Matthew Burleigh took five catches, but ultimately they couldn't defend the small total as Walden posted a score of 261 and ran out deserved winners by 33 runs.

On the back of their first league defeat, Linton under 10s put in an outstanding team performance in their re-arranged fixture with Cambridge Granta.

Batting first Linton got off to a steady start and with Connor Hein-Jones (10) and James Patterson (11), both achieving double figures in the middle order.

The final pair of Noah Wright (33) and Jack Howard (6), put on 39 runs in three overs to increase Linton's total to 288-5.

Linton's bowlers set about defending the total with some tight bowling in the early overs, including a couple of wickets and a superb one-handed catch on the stretch from Matthew Burleigh.

Granta's run rate started to increase, but their progress was eventually halted, losing three wickets in the last two overs, Max Burgess-Clerke taking 3-9 as Granta finished on 254-7.

Linton under 13s had an excellent week of cricket recording two victories in their penultimate week of the season.

Great Shelford were their first opponents. Shelford batted first and initially scored steadily against some friendly bowling.

A sharp run out by Auger though removed their top scorer Webb for 22. The later bowlers Flynn, Lacam and Brooker all contributed wickets and slowed the pace of the Shelford scoring as they reached 90 runs off of their 20 overs.

In reply, Linton started badly against some brilliant fast bowling from C Munday. After losing three wickets in the first two

overs Flynn (43 no) and Macer (18 no) steadied the ship, to take Linton to victory with three overs to spare.

Next up for Linton under 13s was a trip to play Saffron Walden.

Batting first, Linton started powerfully and had 50 on the board before the eight over was completed. O'Callaghan (31) and Macer (28), with a partnership of 58, were cruising until bowling changes slowed their shot play considerably.

Stevenson bowled accurately and was rewarded with 3-14 runs from his four overs, as Linton struggled to 104 by the end of their 20 overs.

Walden suffered an early set back in their reply when Herd was dismissed by a superb catch by Auger. However, Diggins

(18), supported Hawkins (39 no) as he played a wonderful innings, showing great control and shot selection.

Linton hit back with regular wickets and in a tight finish, Flynn bowled a maiden in the 19th over and then Beck bravely stepped up to bowl the last, containing the batsmen and ensuring victory for Linton by eight runs.