Sunday 2nd August
Sunday 1s played at home to Attock and skipper Jamie Hall finally won the toss and as always, we batted first. Unfortunate to lose another early wicket, opener Sachin Dubb didn’t hesitate to apply pressure onto the opposition with one of his first scoring shots being a six towards the entrance of the car park. Whilst Sachin was not afraid to attack the opening bowlers, his teammate Kaash Patel worked around him allowing us to get to a good start after a quick wicket.
After 13 overs, Attock managed to grab their 2nd wicket with Sachin getting caught behind on 32. However, it wasn’t until the 27th over Attock got their 3rd as Kaash Patel and Yusuf Khalil controlled the innings. Both batsmen applied pressure to the opposition causing Attock to be more defensive in the field. With Kaash on 44, he wasn’t looking to bottle another 50 like last week (49) and there it was; a slow, short pitch delivery that should’ve been hit for six…only to be caught at deep square leg.
Skipper Jamie then came into bat and carried on applying pressure on Attock’s bowlers with some huge sixes on the offside! Yusuf Khalil rotated the strike keeping the runs ticking unlucky to soon find the man at deep square leg (47). With the standard collapse of wickets, skipper Jamie Hall took responsibility and played beautifully scoring 60 before eventually finding the man at long off. Walmley finished 228 all out.
On what we could call a batters paradise, we knew Attock would look to apply pressure on us immediately and that’s what they did. However, the experienced Duncan Waugh and Rob Ellis kept bowling their areas and managed to pick up 4 wickets in the first 8 overs of the game (Duncan: 6 overs, 2-44 and Rob: 7 overs, 2-17). We knew it was still all to play for.
Despite getting wickets early on, Attock were still scoring at a good rate. With their opener still in finding boundaries looking set to make a big score, something needed to change. Max Southgate then came onto bowl and the opener went after him hitting a six on his 4th delivery. However, Max knew what he had to do and the next ball, he bowled it and the batsmen tried to attempt to score another boundary however, catch was the call. Everyone saw “red” but what a grab from Kaash Patel. He was surprised himself. A catch for the cameras.
Walmley were on top, and some tight bowling from David Clough, Callum Herron and Yusuf made it harder for Attock to come back into the game. Max Southgate continued to bowl his areas despite Attock’s attacking style of play and was rewarded. 8 overs, 4-48! Well bowled Max. An easy run out to claim the last wicket, Attock finished 185 all out. A good win for the boys and we hope to continue that on for next week.
by Kaash Patel