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Khalil takes 5 in top of the table clash

Saturday 15th August 2020

Walmley 1st XI v Moseley Ashfield 1st XI

The John Findlay Memorial Ground

On a muggy afternoon with rain forecast later in the day, Moseley Ashfield made the trip to Eldon Drive knowing a victory could see them leapfrog Walmley and take top spot. The hosts were looking to maintain their 100% start to the 2020 campaign, and welcomed wicket keeper, Daniel Bevan, and left arm spinner Shailan Srikanthan for his 1st XI debut.

Walmley won the toss and decided to bowl on pitch that did have a visible green tinge. Unfortunately, the bowling unit did not hit the correct lengths to make the most of this and the visiting openers raced to a century partnership inside 20 overs.

It was down to 14 year old Yusuf Khalil (5/44) to take the first wicket of the day, with the scoreboard on 102, thanks to an excellent catch from the returning Bevan. From this point the hosts did a good job of bringing the run rate back under control until the visitor’s number 4 batsmen hit an incredible 19 ball half century which put Walmley firmly on the back foot.

From here 300+ looked more than possible, but a further 4 wickets from the impressive Khalil, tight bowling from Jamie Hall and the second spell from John Newis (2/51) saw the Whammers apply the brakes somewhat and restrict our guests.

Moseley Ashfield 265/8 (45 overs)

At half time, there was a feeling that 266 was a big ask but it could have been much more.

Unlike last week, wickets fell early and after 9 overs the response looked in tatters at 8/2. Primarily, down to some excellent bowling that kept asking the batmen questions in the infamous corridor of uncertainty. The questions kept coming as 4 experienced seam bowlers proved too hot to handle and with only 17 overs gone the top 5 were back in the pavilion.

Sachin Dubb (36) and John Newis (52) came together and momentarily gave the home crowd something to cheer about as they put on 94 for the 6th wicket, scoring at 8 runs per over. This partnership did strike a little panic into the visitors as they brought the impressive opening bowler back early for a second spell. This did the trick and when both fell in consecutive balls and the faint glimmer of hope was gone.

There was time for an entertaining knock from Jordan Hoffman (26*) but no one could stay with him and the last rights were read with 9 overs remaining.

Walmley 167 all out  (36.1 overs) – Moseley Ashfield win by 98 runs

So after 5 wins on the spin, Walmley suffer the bitter taste of defeat and lose their place at the top of the table. Much to work on in training ahead of the away leg next Saturday, when the Whammers will be looking to put in an improved performance and take their place back at the top of table.

If only Newis and Dubb could have stayed in for 10 more overs . . . .

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