Saturday 12th September 2020
Attock 1st XI v Walmley 1st XI
Walmley travelled south of the city for the final time in the truncated 2020 season, looking to arrest a run of 4 successive defeats. The hosts were in similarly poor form having lost their last 3. Sachin Dubb and Jay Martin returned.
As is now customary, skipper Jonathon Newis won the toss and again elected to bat. When there were 3 wickets in the book before midday, he may have been regretting the decision but Callum Herron (65) was still there and still 39 overs to get something that could be defended. 14/3 (6 Overs)
The third wicket brought Jordan Hoffman (37) to the crease and he displayed a patience and control that was much needed. In partnership with opener Herron, the pair compiled the highest partnership of the season and rebuilt the innings. 104/3 (31 Overs)
With 14 overs to go, 200+ looked on the cards as the run rate started to climb. The established batsmen rotated the strike with ease and the initially potent bowling attack seemed to have lost its bite. As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and the fall of the fourth wicket led to several others and put the brakes on. 146/8 (40 overs)
Thankfully Jamie Hall (24*) and Dinuk De Silva (11) managed to stay together for the final 5 overs and when they hit 16 runs off the final over the tail had done a job.
Walmley 183/9 (45 Overs)
At half time it felt like we were a few runs light and needed a top notch performance in the field if we were not to taste defeat yet again. Although Recordo Gordon created a couple of opportunities, we were not able to take early wickets. The hosts started quickly and forced the early introduction of spin. 30/0 (6 Overs)
Newis (2/23) tried his best to regain control but the home side built solid partnerships and looked calm and assured. As the game looked to be getting beyond us, Michael Waugh pulled out an excellent catch in the deep from the impressive De Silva (2/45). This was followed up with a great reflex catch from Demari Prince off the bowling of Yusuf Khalil (1/46) and suddenly there was a glimmer of hope. 163/5 (38 overs)
For the first time in the innings the home batsmen looked flustered. Unforunately, we just did not have enough runs in the bank and with run rate not an issue the required collapse did not materialise. The final nail was hit hard through the covers with four and a half overs remaining.
Attock 184/5 (40.3 Overs) – Lost by 5 wickets
The Whammers stay in 4th and end the season with a trip to Rectory Park to face local rivals Sutton Coldfield.
Photo: Archive by Sarah Norell