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Amazing Century from Newis enabled Walmley to claim 15 points in rain hit Warks Prem

An amazing century from Jono Newis enabled Walmley to claim 15 points from a rain-hit Warwickshire Premier League draw at Rugby.

Arriving at the crease with his team struggling at 62 for five, Walmley’s skipper proceeded to dominate the remainder of their innings while blasting an unbeaten 116 from just 92 balls.

This enabled the visitors to end their 50-over allocation with 234 for six to which the home side responded with 72 for three when rain ended proceedings midway through the second innings.

 With the division’s five remaining contests all seeing very little action or being abandoned without a ball bowled Walmley’s useful 15-point haul sees them move to third place in the table ahead of next week’s home game against Solihull Municipal.

“It has seemed like we’ve had bad weather days work against us plenty of times in recent years,” Nevis said. “So it’s nice to have things go for us for once and to get 15 points when everyone else is washed out.

“That moves us up to third place and only ten points behind Sutton which sets things up well for the second half of the season.

“It was a testing pitch where you always felt you might get an unplayable ball so I decided to be very positive. It was nice to get a Saturday hundred – my first for a while.

“Amaan Nasar batted really well at the other end. He played the perfect support role – on another day he would have made a big score.”

After being invited to bat first in intermittent drizzle Walmley soon lost Callum Herron and Dan Bromley to the new ball.

Yousuf Akbar (31) and Pakistani pro Sarmad Bhatti then added 40 before both being dismissed with the score at 61 shortly before a rain break.

And when veteran seamer Kasir Shah – who was facing Walmley for a second time in five weeks following his move down the M6 from Aston Manor to Rugby – then claimed the scalp of Sachin Dubb immediately following the resumption of play, the home side were well on top.

However, Newis had other ideas and with Amaan Nasar providing good support he launched a destructive counter-attack which turned the contest on its head.

Walmley’s skipper found the boundary rope 14 times and cleared it on another four occasions on his way to a brilliant unbeaten 92-ball 116.

He added 136 with sixth-wicket partner Nasar, whose fine knock was eventually ended by the returning Neal McGrath for a 72-ball 32.

And enough time remained for Jamie Hall (16no) to help Newis thrash 36 from the closing three overs as Walmley closed on 234 for six.

Shah and McGrath claimed two wickets apiece for Rugby who then lost openers Henry Parker and Ed Benfield to Hall and Dubb in reaching 30.

A short rain break then left the home side chasing 155 from 33 overs to claim a winning draw. However, with debutant Tom Cleaver then claiming a third wicket, the home side’s prolific skipper Wes Landsdale and Owen Edwards were at the crease when the heavens opened for a final time with the scoreboard showing 72 for three after 22.1 overs.

Words: Paul Smith Stumped4Words

Picture: Paul Devine

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