Walmley 1st XI v Sutton Coldfield 1st XI
The John Findlay Memorial Ground
Saturday 8th August 2020
On a glorious, sunny August afternoon, Sutton Coldfield made the short trip to Eldon Drive with a youthful side that had lost their last two. The hosts, on the other hand, were looking to maintain their 100% start to the 2020 campaign and welcomed Michael Waugh into a team bristling with confidence.
Walmley won the toss and decided to bowl on a beautiful wicket that promised plenty of runs. The Sutton openers had clearly got the memo and put on 50 inside the first 10 overs. Yet again, it was down to Jamie Hall (1/33) to make an impact as first change, when he took the first wicket of the day with the score on 54. This brought the visitors’ captain to the crease who, after an early scare, scored a sublime century as Sutton built partnerships.
Thankfully the spinners, de Silva (2/32) in particular, managed to keep a lid on the run rate. This built pressure and led to a run out from the increasingly impressive Yusuf Khalil, who also took 2 catches. The scoring continued to be squeezed and the visitors could not accelerate as they would have liked, despite having wickets in hand.
Sutton Coldfield 217/4 (45 overs)
At half time, there was a feeling that although the wickets hadn’t tumbled 218 was more than gettable. The opening pair stood firm against old boy Fahim Jan, and built the highest opening partnership of the season so far. It wasn’t until the score was on 77 that Pete Shackleford (27) fell to a high full toss that was caught at mid wicket.
His partner, Callum Herron (92), continued to build a controlled innings and found enough support from the middle order to keep up with the run rate. His highest ever Saturday score, to go along with a catch, will make this a day to remember for the young opener.
With 10 overs to go, Sachin Dubb (30*) strolled to the middle and looked assured throughout as he guided Walmley to the target with 4 wickets, and 4 balls to spare.
Walmley 218/6 (44.2 overs) – Walmley win by 4 wickets
A great local derby in which Walmley looked in control throughout, even if they did take it a little closer than my heart would have liked. We are the only team in the group now with a 100% record. Next week we travel to Moseley Ashfield, who lost at Attock today to leave us 13 points clear at the top.