Burwell clinch maiden league victory




Burwell 130 beat

Saffron Walden 123

by seven runs

Burwell claimed their first win of the season in a enthralling game against Saffron Walden at Mingay Park.

The hosts were put into bat, and soon lost their top three of Chris Summerskill, Ben Seabrook and Shaftab Khalid due to a combination of good swing bowling and loose shots.

Henry James and Paul Summerskill were able to stabilise the innings, before Summerskill was dismissed.

James started to find a few boundaries, and looked set to reach a half century before being trapped for 44.

Wickets continued to fall regularly and at 80-8 Burwell looked in danger of being bowled out before lunch.

Josh Arskey (12) and Jamie Seabrook (15) showed great fight to take the score past 100, before the innings concluded with Burwell being bowled out for 130.

Walden’s Cameron Taylor (3-33) was the pick of the bowlers.

Walden looked to be in control of the game at 32-0, before James’ athletic dive and throw at mid-wicket caused a run out.

Alistair Alchin and then Khalid both picked up a wicket each, followed by James contributing his second run out of the innings to leave Walden reeling at 42-4.

Alchin, Khalid and Arskey continued to bowl tightly, supported by a fantastic fielding display by a Burwell side with a youthful average age of 21.

Khalid (4-26) picked up a crucial wicket before tea to leave the game in a tantalising situation, with Walden 106-7.

After the interval, Arskey (2-15) found great rhythm to pick up two wickets and leave Burwell with a sniff of an unlikely victory.

With Allchin and Khalid bowled out and Barton injured, skipper James put his faith in 15-year-old Ben Seabrook to bowl.

With eight runs needed for victory, Seabrook held his nerve as Walden’s top scorer Philp (50) hit the ball skywards to cover and Allchin steamed in with a full-length dive to cling on to the catch and claim the victory.