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Promising Start – Predictable Finish

Saturday 17th April 2021

Earlswood 1st XI v Walmley 2nd XI

As the Warwickshire League Division 2 campaign got under way, the weather could not have been more different than the arctic conditions faced last week. Away went the thermals and out came the sunscreen as the home side won the toss and put the Whammers into bat.

After the early wicket of Peter Shackleford, Anand Patel (35) and Dan Bromley (22) did a great job of building a partnership on a pitch that definitely favoured the bowlers. Runs were never flowing freely, but the opening bowlers had been seen off and the fielders looked jaded. At the halfway point, Walmley looked set to get up around 200

Walmley 71/1 (23 overs)

Earlswood turned to spin and the next hour resembled a military tattoo as one batsmen after another marched to the middle. Bromley fell first, quickly followed by Patel and the domino rally had begun. Max Southgate and Padraig Woods put up some resistance, but wickets continued to tumble and exactly an hour after the second wicket Walmley were all out.

Walmley 115 all out (41 overs)

After seeing the damage spin could do on this pitch, captain Southgate gave the new ball to Kiefer Woods (1/16 off 11) fresh from his 5 wicket haul last week. It was an inspired decision as the left arm spinner bowled superbly to keep the visitors in the game. Ably assisted by Shailan Srikanthan (2/31), all looked set for a nervy last hour.

Earlswood 71/4 (23 overs)

Walmley needed wickets, but unfortunately the 5th wicket pair were steadfast in their defence. Many oohs and ahs ensued but no wicket. With run rate not a significant issue, the batsmen grew in confidence and found the boundary with increasing regularity. With belief starting to wain, the visitors intensity dropped and thoughts turned to my sausage and chips for tea. David Clough came on to bowl his first, and the innings’ final ball, which was dispatched for 4 and condemned Walmley to defeat.

Earlswood 116/4 (36.1 overs) – win by 6 wickets

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