Skipper steps up to initiate seven wicket Bassingbourn win

Adrian Wilson Bassingbourn batsman

Adrian Wilson Bassingbourn batsman - Credit: Archant

A classy captain’s innings from Adrian Wilson guided Bassingbourn to a seven wicket victory over Saffron Walden 4ths in Junior 3 South.

Having restricted Walden to 164, Bassingbourn went on the attack straight away.

While his opening partner Dave Bartlett fell for just 11, Wilson powered his way to 84 before being bowled by Jonny Hancock, caught by John Southgate.

Scott Bates was dismissed late in the day but the hosts had all but sealed the easy victory.

Both sides were promoted last year so knew each other well going into this clash with honours even last season.

Saffron Walden asked Bassingbourn to field first and Max Ayliffe got a deserved early wicket with James Robinson taking a sharp catch in the gully.

A second wicket took some time to come but the Andrews brothers controlled the run rate in the middle overs.

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Tom took 2-27 and Matthew 2-47 after some lower order hitting.

Jaun De Beer also picked up two wickets as Saffron Walden reached their end total with Andrew Leeman top scoring with 41*.

Faced with a reasonable run chase, Bassingbourn started well with captain Wilson and fellow opener Bartlett putting on 48 for the first wicket.

A second wicket fell but Wilson was in fine form, timing the ball well into the leg side and giving Walden a headache.

No.4 MattAndrews joined his skipper well and helped settle any nerves with two sixes.

A partnership of 89 took Bassingbourn to the brink of victory with Wilson dismissed as he approached the century point.

The last six runs were knocked off easily with Matt Andrews (38*) and Ben Allen (2*) seeing the side home to their second victory of the season.