Saturday August 1st 2020
Walmley took the small trip up the Chester Road to Streetly 3rds. A large boundary, a green top and a light breeze encouraged Captain Yeates to field first, having won the toss.
This was the start of a long afternoon, against a strong Streetly team, fielding some second teamers to get game time, along with an experienced all round team.
Krish Chauhan took his first senior wickets of the season (2-50) and Henry Nevitt bowled well for little luck (0-50), but both got some variable bounce early on. The home side seemed to cope well despite that and were able to find the boundary from all the bowlers, the surrounding bushes and brambles adding time in the various searches.
Tom Cleaver (0-43) was unlucky to have a catch on the boundary carried over for 6 as Nevitt tried in vain to stay in bounds, whilst newbie Darryl Robinson recovered well from a big scoring first over to finish with 2-64 off his 10 overs.
Whilst wickets fell regularly, it wasn’t regularly enough, a cracking spell by Viren Malhi (2-27) saw two quick wickets have the game in the balance, at one point having Streetly 142-5 but two big partnerships saw them take the game away from Walmley, finishing on 250-6
250 was always going to be a big task, but 13yo Dhruv Malhi and 14yo Michael Shackleford put their hands up to open the batting. It was slow going, but both lads batted time in the middle, the uneven bounce accounting for a bruising rib-tickler for young Shackleford. It was 12 overs before the first wicket fell, Michael first to go, with Dhruv following 2 balls later. Two overs after that it was 4 down with just 25 on the board and an early evening beckoned.
Enter Viren Malhi who steadied the ship and started to manoeuvre the ball around and hit a few boundaries as he batted time with a succession of partners. With 8 wickets down and 15 overs to go he was joined by Krish Chauhan and counting down the overs the pair put on 26 before Viren was out for 40 when looking set for 50. Krish was joined at the crease by Captain Yeates, with 6 overs left the sky darkening looking to save a draw. It wasn’t to be as Yeates perished LBW with 34 balls left and the stars coming out….
A challenging game, punctuated with some good bowling from walmley to get themselves 6 wickets and stand out performances from Krish Chauhan and Viren Malhi (bat and ball), with special mention to Dhruv and Michael for opening the batting after they’d seen the horrible variable bounce earlier in the day, they would be facing.
With a lot of experience in their side, Streetly deserved their win, but the Walmley team will have learned a lot from that experience….
By Darren Yeates