Sunday 30th August 2020
With no Sunday games, a friendly Walmley team travelled to Kenilworth Wardens for a 35 over battle. The sun was shining, even when Shailan the rainmaker from last week arrived, it continued to beam down.
Invited to the middle, a softish outfield led to a dry(ish) track and I actually won the toss and put Kenilworth into bat. I had a team with some maturity with a couple of Walmley elders coming out to show the youngsters how it is done. One great thing about a Sunday is watching the pride of dad and lad playing together.
We opened with Yohan Mudalige and Amarni Anwar with a tight attack and by 7 overs only 15 was on the board. Amarni’s first three overs only going for eight and Yohan doing a full turn and finishing with great figures of 8 overs, 3 maidens, 4 for 8 runs.
A spin attack of Shailan Srikanthan and Shayaan Tahir tied Kenilworth down further and they got two apiece. My own attack was a little interrupted as I was wicket keeper number 2 in a game of three and a sharp bump on the head is not recommended albeit it saved the runs.
The regular wicket taking kept Kenilworth in check and they never really got started. Michael Owen, playing in his first senior game, came on and got his first senior wicket with Ben Pyke, keeper number 3 (Rishi Dadwal had started) took a stumping to end the Kenilworth innings on 86.
The sun was still shining as dad, David Owen walked out with Yousuf Akbar, two ends of the Walmley family in perfect harmony. David showed he had played the game once or twice before and he matched and pushed Yousuf to a 10 over 54 opening stand. The boundaries were big at Kenilworth, but Yousuf made short work with some very big hits as he carried his bat to an unbeaten 56.
However, the award for achievement must be given to David Owen, playing with son Michael was one milestone, however he needed 20 to have reached 1000 runs, which he did with a four through the covers. David went on to make 27 before dancing down the wicket and falling to a stumping. Very well-done David and congratulations from everyone.
Martin Geddes came in with some agricultural shots made it to double figures, before David Owen (you cannot keep a good man down) considered a shout for LBW and like a roman emperor signalled the end of Martin. Rishi Dadwal came in to join Yousuf to see Walmley home to my first victory as a Captain.
Well done to everyone for a great team spirit, but today David Owen, the start of the next 1000 and perhaps, you will don the whites a little more often as today is your milestone to celebrate.
Alex Carey Captain