Match Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Opposition: Aston Manor Over 40s
Location: Eldon Drive
Report: Sarah Norell, scorer
On Wednesday evening, I somehow found myself at Eldon Drive scoring for the over 40s match versus Aston Manor. I’d only popped down to have a chat to the chairman, but the draw of the scorebook was too great.
The captain Ash Parr, who is also the club treasurer, found, to his dismay, that having found an 11th player on Tuesday, he was back to 10 players by Wednesday evening. Such is the life of a cricket team captain!
The competition format was 20 overs, maximum 4 overs per bowler, and required batsmen to retire when they reached 30 runs, although they could return at the end of the innings.
Walmley batted first. The innings was characterised by a high run rate, with the ball racing to the boundary 29 times (24 fours, 5 sixes). The main contributors were D. Bromley (17 off 11), M. Harper (33* off 17), S. Roberson (24 off 24), M. Haq (16 off 18), A. Kayani (31* off 11), D. Mason (25 off 16), A. Parr (19* off 10). Walmley finished their innings on 217 for 6. Thakor was the pick of the Aston Manor bowlers with 2 for 22 off his 4 overs.
With a run rate of 10.85 required from the off, Aston Manor struggled to score quickly enough, even though Walmley tried to help out with a generous sixteen (no, that is not a misprint) delivery over. The scorers were not impressed trying to fit so many symbols into one small box. One scorer ending up using two boxes for the monstrous over, which then led to later confusion as to how many overs had been bowled.
With only Imber (22) and Soulsby (14) reaching double figures, Aston Manor completed their 20 overs with 103-8, giving Walmley a convincing victory by 114 runs. The wicket takers for Walmley were Kayani 2-0-11-1, Haq 4-0-13-2, Harper 3-0-9-3, Patel 3-0-13-1.
If you are over 40 and have been yearning to get back to the crease, to turn your arm over, umpire or score, please get in touch!