The penultimate match of the season for Walmley’s 5th team was nearly called off thanks to the rain gods. However, as the forecast was set to improve, captain Yohan Mudalige really wanted to get a game on for the young team and so a shortened 25 over game was played against Nether Whitacre CC at Braemar Road. After electing to bowl, Nether Whitacre’s bowlers’ accuracy combined with the overcast swinging ball meant Walmley only managed 69 all out. However, excellent fielding and tight bowling ensured the game was alive right until the 22nd over when Carl Jones closed proceedings.
Put into bat, Walmley’s openers looked positive but both went cheaply. The in-form Krish Chauhan wasn’t able to add much to the tally either, courtesy a sharp catch off the bowling of Daniel Smith, who picked his 3rd wicket. With the captain dismissed by a beauty first ball, a partnership was the need of the hour. The No.5 Ryan Delport watched on as the lower order all had short stays at the crease. I must apologise for sounding so gloomy like the weather on this dull Saturday afternoon, but everybody, the fielding team alike, were shocked to see the scoreboard at 49-8. Adi Muthukumar then held fort whilst Ryan hit the occasional boundary. After this brief period of calm, a top-edge to square leg brought to an end an invaluable 25 from him. Adi and Farhan Karim then clung onto the last wicket for 5 overs before Tarun Ahuja had Adi clean bowled in the 21st over, sending him back for 3 off 27 balls. This was a frustrating way to end a spirited fight from Walmley’s lower order as they would have been able to score freely in the final few overs.
The only batsman not out started proceedings off with the ball and his lovely leg-spin ignited hope in the home side. He had 2 scalps in his first 2 overs, that of the 2 openers. From there on, Nether Whitacre’s Carl Jones and Tarun Ahuja were resolute in the challenging bowling delivered by the rest of the Walmley spin and pace bowling attack. Brilliant fielding and accurate bowling meant that the batsmen weren’t able to get runs that easily. Alas, the somewhat inevitable became true in the 21st over as Carl swung away to the on-side to seal revenge for Walmley’s truly thrilling win last time around – https://walmleysportsclub.co.uk/walmley-5nw-pulls-off-a-stunning-win-at-nether-whitacre/
Walmley 5NW are scheduled to have their final fixture against Water Orton CC away; however, this seems unlikely as Water Orton have conceded 3 matches in the past month.
Find the scorecard (and other statistics thanks to the real-time digital scoring) here – https://walmley.play-cricket.com/website/results/4749590
Walmley CC 69 all out (Ryan Delport 25, Daniel Smith 3-13, Tony Long 2-11) lose to Nether Whitacre CC 72-2 (Tarun Ahuja 31*, Carl Jones 24*, Farhan Karim 2-6) by 8 wickets