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Impressive batting for Youngsters in First Senior Season for 5th West

Match Date: Saturday 29th June
Type: Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 13 West
Location: Langley School, Olton
Report: Darren Yeates, captain

Walmley had the reverse of last week’s fixture, playing away at Olton and West Warwickshire 5ths, on an artificial wicket, with a rather agricultural outfield and 30+ degrees heat it was going to be an interesting afternoon of cricket.

Having fielded first last week, Walmley won the toss and chose to bat this week, but lost a wicket in the first over. Enter 12 year old Seb Tibbins who produced a super performance, in a 62 run partnership with Andi Walters (14) followed by a further 60 run partnership with Greg Rushton, perishing on 47 and tantalising close to his first senior 50. With Seb out, 12 year old Greg Ruston took up the baton making 48 before falling caught and bowled… and with a little dash at the end Walmley amassed 181. It was thoroughly entertaining to watch two of Walmley’s youngest players in action and there are surely senior 50s around the corner for Greg and Seb, the mainstay of the Walmley innings and a competitive total which looked defendable.

After tea OWW started brightly, and raced to 65 off the first 8 overs seeing off openers Nevitt and Dalton. Andi Walters and Reiss Chagar brought back some control with Reiss taking the first wicket with the score on 114 off 15 overs. Reiss was in the wickets again a little later finishing with 2-26 but OWW main man was still scoring freely. Some good overs from Milly Freeman and Ash Walters saw Ash bag a wicket, whilst Sami Hamid then entered the game, his leggies proved too tempting as OWW best batsmen pulled to backward square leg, only to find a fantastic catch by Reiss Chagar seeing him off for 84. At 160-4 there was a glimmer of a chance to get back in the game and with Sami getting another wicket at 167-5 things got tense, a dropped catch off his own bowling off the very next ball for Sami would have really made things interesting however the next wicket didn’t fall until 181-6 and OWW were able to secure the last runs required to win the game.

A tough day in the field for Walmley, particularly in the heat, not helped by some wayward bowling early on. Some good control from Milly, excellent bowling and catching from Reiss and Sami Hamid against some really good batting from OWW opener, was commendable, whilst massive positives again for the younger players with Seb (47) and Greg (48) helping to build an impressive total or Walmley was unfortunately not rewarded with a win…

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