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St Andrews succeed in low-scoring contest

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 May 2017

St Andrews celebrate their latest win

St Andrews celebrate their latest win

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Walker impresses with ball in Mid-Essex League win

Andrew Walker’s 3-21 haul helped St Andrews to a 31-run win in a low-scoring affair against Rayleigh fourths in Mid-Essex League Division Seven.

Having lost the toss and been put into bat, St Andrews started slowly, but pitch conditions meant it was tough to get the ball passed the in-field.

They found themselves in trouble early on at 24-3 after the dismissals of Andrew Girkin (eight), Alan Street (four) and Ben Greenwood (one).

That soon became 33-5 with both John Thompson and Paul Street finding themselves quickly back in the pavilion, though thankfully Allen Hales (27) came in and found scoring more comfortable than others.

Hales hit four boundaries, before he tried one shot too many and was caught at mid-on.

Graham Street kept plugging away, though, and a steady 27 helped St Andrews post 117 for Rayleigh to chase down, with Rob Newman (11) also reaching double figures.

Saints saw their opponents get off to a slow start in reply as well, with some tight bowling and a lack of ambition from the batsmen putting the visitors on the front foot.

Newman (2-21) made an early breakthrough with just his second delivery of the day, before Graham Street and Newman struck again to leave Rayleigh 29-3.

The first boundary wasn’t hit by the hosts until the 18th over of their reply, before Alan Street (2-11) clean bowled a Rayleigh batsman and Ben Greenwood did well to force a run out to leave Rayleigh in deep trouble at 39-5.

Walker then took centre stage and although there were a few missed opportunities for St Andrews with dropped catches, his bowling reduced Rayleigh to 71-8.

Another run out, this time from Newman, saw the visitors go to within one wicket of victory before Alan Street took his second wicket of the day to skittle Rayleigh out for 86.

Paul Street said: “Only 203 runs were scored from 97 overs which would demonstrate what the conditions were like but with runs on the board, the pressure was always on them to chase.

“Early wickets, tight bowling, some very good ground fielding and special mention to Ben Greenwood who affected the first run out, was key for the second lowest total we’ve defended.”

Saints host Galleywood seconds tomorrow (Saturday).

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