Despite a battling knock from Jamie Hall, Walmley slipped to a 92-run Warwickshire Premier League home defeat at the hands of Attock.
Hall marshalled some effective lower-order resistance with an even-time 40, but was unable to rescue his team from the earlier damage done by Attock’s Indian pro Anureet Singh.
The experienced former IPL all-rounder grabbed four top-order wickets at the personal cost of 20 runs in ten excellent overs to reduce the home side’s pursuit of 249 to 74 for seven.
With Hall top-scoring Walmley eventually closed on 157, but on a day when all three half-centurions wore an Attock shirt, it was the visitors – for whom Singh had earlier blasted six sixes – who emerged as worthy winners.
Home captain Jon Newis acknowledged that Attock’s star man made a telling contribution with both bat and ball.
“He was a bit special,” he said. “He came in at a vital point when we could have kept them to 200 and gone into the second innings with a bit of momentum.
“But he swung hard and having played in the IPL you could see what a quality cricketer he is and that club grounds might be too small for him!
“He then bowled very well with the new ball to put us under a lot of pressure but I was very pleased with how hard our lower-order fought.
“We have capable batters all the way down and whereas in years gone by we might have folded cheaply we made sure we picked up a useful batting point.”
Omar Ali (27) and Arsalaan Mahmood who made a best-of-the-day 102-ball 67 got Attock off to a steady start with a 51-run opening partnership.
When Mahmood eventually fell to Walmley’s Pakistani pro Sarmad Bhatti (2-43), with the board showing 142 for four the home side glimpsed opportunity.
However, Singh then joined the experienced Mo Ishtiaq in a critical 93-run fifth-wicket wicket alliance which took the visitors well beyond the 200 mark.
The former Rajasthan Royal’s contribution was an explosive 26-ball 52 in which he found the boundary rope twice in addition to clearing it on a further six occasions, while Ishtiaq’s more measured 61-ball 56 proved the perfect foil.
Following the mid-innings break Singh returned to centre stage with the new ball by dismissing James Bristow and Dan Bromley before adding the prized scalp of Bhatti.
This left Walmley’s pursuit of 249 at seven for three and their middle-order found life equally testing against the visitors’ support bowling.
As a result, when Hall, whose 44-ball 40 contained four fours and a six, was joined by wicket-keeper Ethan Guinivan (21) home hopes were all but extinguished.
Nonetheless, the eighth-wicket pair added a useful 51 before Maroof Azam (3-16) wrapped things up in the 43rd over with the scoreboard showing 157.
Walmley, who occupy a mid-table berth with two wins after four rounds of action, make the short trip to fourth-placed Aston Manor next Saturday.
Words – Paul Smith (Stumped4Words)