Saturday 5th September 2020
Walmley 1st XI v Solihull Municipal 1st XI
John Findlay Memorial Ground, Eldon Drive
Walmley’s final league home game of the season came on a rare Saturday that had no rain in the forecast. A fresh wicket had been prepared and the Whammers were looking to stop an alarming run of 3 successive defeats. Pete Shackleford returned and Sinel Gunarathne was given a late call up for his second cap.
One thing that has kept winning is John Newis’ ability to guess which way a coin will land. For the 5th time in a row the toss was won but his time he shocked the scorer, by electing to bat for the first time this season.
The top 3 responded and when the 50 came up in the 15th Over, with only one man back in the hutch, the hosts looked set for a big total. Yusuf Khalil (17) continued to look assured beyond his years, while Pete Shackleford (20) had found that his pull shot was dialled in. As their partnership passed the 50 the sun came out and suddenly everything looked bright
Walmley 56/1 (15 Overs)
At this point the visitors turned to spin and very quickly the momentum of the game changed. 3 wickets in 5 balls saw a promising start disintegrate in 6 crazy minutes.
Michael Waugh (18) attempted to rebuild, but he was the only batsmen to last more than 20 minutes at the crease as the visiting bowlers had the wind in their sails. When he was the 9th wicket to fall, the writing was on the wall, and what had been a promising start had petered out into an ultimately demoralising collapse.
Walmley 99 all out (30.5 Overs)
Rather oddly we scored 99 runs last week – That’s got to be a record
With only 100 required to win Solihull Municipal quickly found themselves a couple of wickets down. Recordo Gordon (1/12) and Jamie Hall (1/15) bowled incredible opening spells and beat the bat several times. Both have bowled much worse and got better figures but it appeared that it wasn’t going to be.
Yet again, skipper Johnathon Newis (1/25) gave a glimmer of hope when he took the third wicket. However, the inevitable defeat came in quick fashion as the visitors put on a 59 run partnership, in only 5 overs, for the unbeaten 4th wicket
Solihull Municipal 100/3 (24 Overs)
The Whammers drop to 4th and face Attock away next week looking to arrest a run of 4 straight defeats.