A double-header against Sawston & Babraham brought mixed blessings for Saffron Walden Cricket Club.

The first-team fell to a 60-run loss at home in the East Anglian Premier League.

Sawston batted first and only managed 19 runs in the opening 10 overs, losing two wickets to Ollie Rae in the process.

They took that to 145-5 with 10 overs to go before getting to a more satisfying 230-9.

Daniel Farmer, Ben Harris and Ben Spargo all joined Rae on two wickets, Spargo getting 2-17 in his 10 overs.

Walden got off to a cracking start in reply, Tom Bonham knocking off 22 runs in 27 balls, and despite losing both openers, Harry Gallian (50) and Alex Pierson (31) contributed with a third-wicket partnership of 76.

The scores were comparable halfway through the innings and Walden went into the final 10 overs at 140-7.

However, the tailenders were unable to keep up with the required run rate and they fell short.

In Division One of the Onyx League, Walden seconds did get a win on the road, by just 10 runs.

The visitors made good ground through Walter Forsey (56) and Keelan Mendel (42) but it needed an eight-wicket partnership between Connor Chevrill (18*) and Cameron Taylor (24) for them to reach 161-9.

And thanks primarily to 4-28 from Josh O'Connor, Sawston finished on 151 as Keelen Mendel took the final wicket, finishing on 2-15.

Elsewhere SWCC Sunday lost by 13 runs to Linton Village in a friendly, Bertie Rodda (50*) and Johnny Wiseman (51*), both retired, not out.

The U13 girls beat Wendon by a net score of 112, while the U11 boys beat the same club by seven wickets.

In the Mid Essex League Premier Division, High Roding got their first win of the season beating Stock away by four wickets.

The home side were the first to bat and scored a useful 189, Joe Murphy the pick of the Roding bowlers with 5-45, aided by 2-37 from Sam South.

In reply, Ben Chillingworth scored 37, Travis Doyle 48, Tom Cherry 23 and Freddie Duke 34 as Roding got their season rolling.

The seconds lost to Stock though, beaten by three wickets.

Andy Duke top scored with 36 but Roding were all out for 114 and although the young Roding bowlers tried their utmost to get the wickets, Freddie Knightley the pick of them with 3-27, Stock eased home.

The thirds took a bit of a pounding away to High Beach, reaching 173 as they chased 300-5.

In Division One, Aythorpe Roding are still searching for their first win of the season as they lost by eight wickets at Ingatestone & Fryerning.

97 for 2 wkts in 12.3 overs Beat Aythorpe Roding 93 All Out in 33.3 overs by 8 wkts.Played at The Fairfield Recreation Ground. Ingatestone.

They were all out for 93 batting first, a high score of 20 not out from Denu Tennakoon the best they could offer, Richard Eaton also managing 17.

And it took less than 13 overs to reach the target, Aroshan Amarasinghe the only man to claim wickets with 2-22.