With the first game of the season starting off at Braemer Rd, the 5BRUM were optimistic of their chances of winning after some very promising pre- season training as well as some friendlies that were tightly contested earlier in season. With excellent conditions and my inability to win the toss, we were told to bat first. Hamza Swaleh (19) & Asif Khan (48) started the proceedings in typical 5th team fashion, trying to survive and get quick singles. This proved very beneficial as the opposition fielding in the inner field wasn’t great. Unfortunately, with all good starts we lost our first wicket on 40 -1 (13). The runs were coming freely and rotation of strike was very beneficial, but one too many singles cost us the wicket of Dave Morley (12) who was run out. With the score on 92 -2 (23), we were very pleased with our start and were looking to push past 200.
3rd ball into a new spell from the opposition’s spinner got the wicket of Asif (48). With the score on 94 -2 (24) it was time to push the scoring, however with all Walmley 5th sides, wickets started to tumble rapidly. But with the help of Musab Swaleh (44) hitting the ball to all parts of the ground and some Cameos from George Wilson (12), Arun Briah (12) and Ben Parr (14*) Walmley reached a very competitive total of 193-9 from their allocated overs.
Walmley’s bowling started like they meant business, with exceptional pace and accuracy to trouble the opposition on 29-0 after 10 overs Arun Briah (9-0-30-0) & Subbu Devanira (10-2-21-0) being extremely unlucky not to pick any wickets with a few edges flying past the inexperienced make shift keeper Asif. However, as we know wickets are important to get and with Studley knowing this they started to attack. Studley’s first wicket fell after the 16th over with the score on 58-1, Luke Wilson picking up the wicket (4 -0 -19- 1) however with a very strong and long line up, we would be undone by some class batting by the opposition. With Studley hitting constant boundaries, they chased 193 with 4 overs to spare.
By: Asif Khan