Five-star Walker inspires St Andrews

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 May 2017

The new cricket season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new cricket season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Second successive win for Mid-Essex League Division Seven side

St Andrews made it two wins out of two with success over Woodham Mortimer seconds in Mid-Essex League Division Seven.

Chances were at a premium as Woodham’s openers reached drinks at 84-0, but Andrew Walker made the breakthrough after the restart as Dave Newman took a sharp slip catch.

Walker struck again three balls later as Rob Newman held on at square leg and then hit the stumps twice in three balls in his next over to leave Woodham 90-4.

Allen Hales got in on the act as Dave Newman took another catch and Walker completed a 5-28 spell, before Graham Street saw Newham take a steepling catch.

Alan Street (3-33) wrapped things up with three quick wickets, as Andrew Salmon took a simple chance at cover before the last two batsmen were bowled to end the innings on 167.

Saints lost Andrew Girkin to the eighth ball of their reply, but Ben Greenwood (21) helped Alan Street take the total past 60 before being trapped lbw.

Paul Street survived a stumping chance when in single figures and helped take the score to 90-2 at drinks, with Alan Street reaching his half-century from 62 balls after the resumption.

He fell for 58 soon after, having hit six fours, and Salmon departed cheaply to make it 121-4, before Paul Street (36) picked out mid-off.

Hales fell to a stunning catch at mid-on to leave Saints six down, but Graham Street and Dave newham saw them home, with the latter hitting the winning runs for the second successive week.

Paul Street said: “It was a very pleasing win against a well-established club.

“We should have been looking at chasing 200-plus with the position they were in, but Andrew Walker’s spell ended any hopes of that as they lost six for 28 in less than 10 overs.

“We’ve now chased 190 and 160 in successive weeks which hopefully stands us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

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