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A good season: Plenty of wins and a few losses: U13B Season Review Part 2

By Aditya Muthukumar, U13B

This is a continuation of the previous report – click here to read it. This half of the review will be a look back at the 2nd half of our excellent season.

After the loss to Tutbury, the return match against Alrewas was cancelled due to the rain. Our first match in about 3 weeks in the Warwickshire league was played against Aston Manor CC. We scored a below-par 116-5 in 20 overs with top-scorers being Will Priddey, Josh Chagar and Extras – 34! But disciplined bowling meant that they could only manage 56 in 19 overs – a comprehensive victory by 60 runs. View the scorecard by clicking on this link.

The next match was held at Kings Bromley CC. Michael Shackleford and Adi Muthukumar had a good 86-run partnership at the top with Adi scoring 31, his highest score for Walmley. Despite the inability to get the quick runs needed at the end, we posted a decent 124-4 which we defended quite comfortably. Reuben Majithia was the highlight of the bowlers with 2-15. There was a moment of amusement at the end as Josh Chagar, Deeyan Patel and Connor Kuhn stood at slips for the last ball of the match – 3 slips! Find the match report here.

At the Douglas ground, we played our 2nd match this season against Highcroft and Great Barr CC. Sebastian Jones and Tom Hanlon both retired out for 32 and 33 and Josh smashed 23 off 11 to help us to 152 all out. However, some power hitting by Noor Ali and Haider Bashir ensured that Highcroft wins the match by 7 overs. More on that here.

This match is probably one of our best victories despite a bad batting performance. Michael Shackleford battled a lone battle in an 84 all-out collapse with no support from the other end. Matthew Tooley and Rohin Talafair were the stars of the show from Whittington CC. A motivated team walked out with a small target to defend. But it was Josh Chagar and Toby Stokes who inflicted the most damage in a passage of play containing 7 wickets. Incredibly, we defeated Whittington by 11 runs. Read about the fantastic effort here.

The next match was against Four Oaks Saints CC at their home ground, The Prince of Wales. After an early wobble, Rohit Jakhu helped Saints recover in an explosive knock of 30 off 17 balls including 7 fours. Jacob Payne was the other notable batter as they were kept down to 106. On a decent batting deck and small boundary dimensions, we thought that it was chase-able. Yet opposition skipper Will Hume had other ideas. He finished with outstanding figures of 5-4 as Walmley were bowled out for 85. The match is particularly remembered for the amazing atmosphere created on a warm Wednesday evening and the song (part of the club tradition if they beat their local rivals Walmley) sung in the dressing room at the end. Interestingly, 7 boys from Bishop Vesey played in both teams, adding another dimension to this wonderful encounter. Relive the nail-biter by having a read of the match report.

The next match was a clinical performance with both the bat, ball and in the field. Making his debut as captain this season, Josh led from the front in a good 40 retired not out. Other useful contributions came from Will Priddey 23, Deeyan Patel 26 and Luke Douglas 38. In the bowling innings, everyone got a chance to bowl (except, of course, the keeper). Making his first-ever appearance for Walmley, Shlock Mehta shined with 2 overs – 3 wickets for 8 runs. Will picked up 2 wickets as we wrapped them up for 95. View the scorecard by clicking this link.

The return match against Four Oaks Saints was then played the Wednesday after the previous one as the original date had been rescheduled due to rain. Josh Chagar won the toss and elected to bat first. He played another captain’s innings in a whirlwind knock of 33 from 18 balls, comprising of 5 fours and 2 sixes. He, unfortunately, had to retire on 33 complying to the rules of the league. Ben Carruthers also amassed 24 runs. Rohit Jakhu was the pick of their bowlers with 2-11. Without their key player Will Hume, Four Oaks fell short by just 5 runs. Part-time wicketkeeper Ben Carruthers held onto an outstanding catch off Edward Bickley’s bowling to dismiss their main batsman Rohit. Isabelle Dawson made 32 in a composed innings yet they couldn’t get over the line. Read the match report (this time from the team manager Ashley Stokes!) here.

The end of the season, however, didn’t consist of a lot of cricketing action. Handsworth conceded on Friday 12th July then we had to concede to Trentside 2 days after. Smethwick, strangely, hadn’t played any of their scheduled fixtures all season and so it was automatically forfeited for no points. On Sunday, Dunstall CC couldn’t arrange for a team of 11 but we weren’t informed about it. In the end, an intra-team match was played with some of the dads joining in! Finally, the much-anticipated match against table-toppers Tutbury was cancelled because of the prime suspect this season – rain! A disappointing end to a fantastic season! Lots of runs, bags full of wickets, massive victories, disappointing losses, younger players shining – this season had it all! Thanks for reading my season review. Hope you liked it!

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