Match Date: Saturday 1st June
Type: Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 13 West
Location: Rectory Park
Report: Darren Yeates, captain
After a few late adjustments and promotion of players to higher teams, a special thanks to Jon Hall and Dhruv Malhi for stepping in with just 2 hours notice.
Playing local rivals Sutton at Rectory Park, a quick look at the pitch suggested bowing first would be the choice. Sutton won the toss and chose to field first. Darren Yeates and Luke Gillam opened the batting and faced uneven bounce from the outset. With few scoring opportunities pressure began to build with Luke out to a fantastic one handed catch at short cover. Dhruv Malhi was unlucky to fall first ball to an inside edge onto the stumps, quickly followed by Yousuf Akbar to another one handed catch at short cover to the same player who got Luke. The game was finely balanced as Ethan Hall came to the crease, made worse as Yeates perished to a low ball, playing across the line, whereupon he was joined by dad Jon Hall with the game set at 25-4. Together they put on 55 with Ethan picking up a handy 38. After Ethan fell, Onkar Chagar (17) came to the crease and put on another 30, before he and son Reiss fell in quick succession with the score on 111-7. An excellent reserved innings by Henry Nevitt (11) in a partnership of 70 with Jon Hall pushed the score to 181, and equally supported by Shayaan Tahir (10) for a further 40 run partnership supported Jon Hall in making a magnificent 109 before he was finally out pushing the score, with Walmley all out for 229.
Given the pitch condition this looked like a winnable score, and when Henry Bennett took 2 quick wickets to leave the hosts 20-2 it looked like it could be Walmley’s day. However Sutton’s opener Adeel had other ideas, and in a rush he had scored 50 inside 8 overs, and was helped with some poor fielding and being put down 3 times as he teed off. Trying to target the other batsmen, a stunning double wicket maiden from Shayaan Tahir (2-32) got Walmley back in the game at 139-4 whilst Yousuf Akbar (1-13) bowled well too. Opener Adeel (100) was on the charge, and when he perished to a sharp stumping off Gillam, Sutton were 174-6. The runs dried up for Sutton but with plenty of overs left Walmley tried hard to take the final wickets, with a wicket apiece for Ethan Hall, Henry Nevitt and Reiss Chagar, at 219-9 the hosts needed 11 to win, and managed to eek their way to the total over the next 4 overs. Biggest learnings today were taking catches, but more importantly putting everything into stopping runs in the field is something to be worked on. With 30 wides in the game, and approx 15-20 runs leaked in the field this was probably the difference between winning and losing a tight and (mostly) entertaining game.