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Floodlit Festival: Wins for Water Orton and Walmley

6:10pm 1st Innings Aston Unity v Water Orton
7:15pm 1st Innings Walmley v Tamworth
8:20pm 2nd Innings Aston Unity v Water Orton
9:25pm 2nd Innings Walmley v Tamworth

In the first match of the evening, Water Orton vs Aston Unity, Aston Unity won the toss and elected to bat. They had a shaky start losing two quick wickets but managed to rally to finish on 125-9 off their 100 balls (McCarthy 21, Miller 20, Nicholas 19*).

Following the Aston Unity innings was the first innings of the second match of the evening, Walmley vs Tamworth. Walmley won the toss and decided to field. Tamworth put on the impressive total of 177-8 which included an explosive 85 off 35 balls with 10 sixes and 5 fours from Flower, and a first wicket partnership between Flower and Jakeman of 115. (Flower 85, Jakeman 40, Collier 20*)

With the first innings completed in both matches, it was time for a short break while the lights were turned on.

With the lights on, the second innings in the Water Orton vs Aston Unity match began. After 70 balls, Water Orton were 80-3 needing 46 off 30 balls. It was then that Wasim Ali, having scored just 4 off 15 balls, hit the accelerator and hit 32 off the next 13 balls, finishing with a 6 to win the match by 6 wickets with 7 balls to spare. (Aqeeb 37, Wasim Ali 36*)

It was almost 9:30pm when we started the final innings of the night. Walmley faced the daunting total of 178 to win. The main contributions from the Walmley batsmen were Jon Newis 28 off 11 (2 sixes, 4 fours), Rob Hutchings 22 off 7 (3 sixes, 1 four), and Waugh (52 off 32) but they left Jan, coming in with 7 wickets down and needing 1 run to win off 4 balls, to finish off the match. Walmley won by 3 wickets with 3 balls to spare.

Group 1 Table

Team Matches Won Lost Batting Bowling Total
1= Water Orton 1 1 0 5 4 21
1= Walmley 1 1 0 5 4 21
3 Tamworth 1 0 1 4 3 7
4 Aston Unity 1 0 1 2 2 4

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