Walsham fail to score enough runs
Not for the first time this season, a poor batting display proved costly for Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday.
After being put into bat by visiting Mistley II, Walsham could only muster 153 all out, failing to see out all of their overs.
And, while the home side’s bowling attack made a good fist of defending the low title, Mistley got over the line by a three-wicket margin.
With Barry Lynn and Stephen Owston both out for ducks inside the first five overs, Walsham found themselves up against it from the outset.
Captain Liam Bryant and Oli Jackson built a good partnership which was worth around 40 when the skipper was out caught in the gully by Tom Sebright-King.
Jackson was joined by Ben George, who batted very nicely for 46, being particularly harsh on anything loose from the Mistley spinners.
Ash Forbes and Ali Waugh helped to move the score up towards 150, but when they were both out to the bowling of Paul Garwood, the runs stopped and the innings was soon polished off by Mark Vickers, who finished with 5- 25.
Alastair Waugh and Forbes started very well with the ball and after a few streaky boundaries the latter got his man with Harry Parkes out, bowled for 15.
Soon after, Dylan Day and Gareth Stevens were on their way as well to the bowling of Waugh and Forbes respectively as Walsham sensed an opportunity.
And when Myles Churchill was bowled by Waugh – leaving the two opening Walsham bowlers with two wickets apiece in their opening spells –Mistley were wobbling at four wickets down.
However, good partnership followed between Stuart Barwood (27) and George Hutton (55 not out) until Barwood hit George to Joe Bryant on the square leg boundary.
Unperturbed, Hutton continued on his way and although Mark Rothon picked up the wicket of owen Clover and Forbes returned to have Vickers caught behind, Hutton and Garwood (12no) saw Mistley over the line after 47.2 overs.
Walsham, who are ninth in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three standings, will aim to return to winning ways at sixth-placed Haverhill II tomorrow (1pm).
l Sunday saw the Walsham’s first XI travel to Stowupland, win the toss and bat first on a good looking pitch.
Walsham batted well to post 234-5 from their 40 overs with Liam Bryant performing particularly well.
Despite a flying start, Stowupland lost wickets at regular intervals and despite one significant partnership, Walsham managed to win a tight contest by six wickets.
l Walsham’s Sunday second XI were at their Summer Road base and bowled well to restrict Tendring to 190, which was chased down as Lynn scored his first century.