Walmley were away at local rivals Sutton, taking a very young (bowling heavy) side. Winning the toss was going to be critical in getting a chance to bat first, and so it was Sutton won the toss, and chose to bowl first.
On a pudding of a pitch with some variable bounce, scoring was tough at the outset, and Sutton made a breakthrough with Ridouan Asselman bowled early on. A couple of overs later and a mix up with Captain Yeates and Krish Chauhan saw the youngster stay at home whilst Yeates came back for a second, running himself out! Another couple of quick wickets saw Walmley reduced to 20-5 and a very quick end to the day was in sight. Amarni Anwar was then out running down the wicket to the spinner and at 32-6 seeing out the overs became the key focus. Enter Shayaan Tahir, who at 13 steadied the ship and showed a lot of his older team mates how to bat on this pitch. A composed 23 saw him top score for Walmley, in a 31 run partnership with Hamzah Swaleh (11) and a 20 run partnership with Arjuna Rao, taking Walmley to 83-8 off our 45 overs.
It never looked enough, and despite some early inroads which saw the hosts 15-2, they quickly reached their total just 3 wickets down and 17 overs bowled.
A chastening defeat, with few high spots in the game other than Shayaan’s 23 which held the innings together and made sure we batted out our overs, and wickets for Darryl Robinson (1-23) and Hamzah Swaleh (2-19).
A big learning curve for some of our younger players, some playing their first senior Saturday games, although arguably there was a lot the senior players could learn too from a couple of the youth performances…
By Darren Yeates