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Match Report: Saturday 5ths West vs Smethwick 4ths

Match Date: Saturday 25th May
Type: Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 13 West
Location: Hollyfields
Report: Luke Marshall, captain

Smethwick won the toss and put us into bat. A rapid fire start from Luke Gillam (34) and Ryan Van Wyk (34) helped to put some big runs on the board early on. Another impressive showing from young Yousuf Akbar (25) and a solid competitive senior cricket debut from Michael Shackleford (23) along with some big hitting from Calum Shackleford (41) meant we were able to post 226-9 from our 45 overs. A fantastic start and the top order all contributing which was great to see.

Two early wickets from Sam Lumb (2-11 off 5) really put us in the ascendency and it soon became clear that Smethwick weren’t capable of getting anywhere near our score. Two smart run outs when we needed the wickets kept the pressure on. Devin Fernando (3-33) bowled a good middle spell and Saj Hussain (2-1) helped to finish them off after a brief resistance from their number 4 batsman. Bowled out in 33.2 overs and 24 points in the bag. A brilliant all round performance with bat, ball and in the field too.

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