29 Aug 2020
4ths v Four Oaks 3rds
The 4ths made the short trip to the pretty postage stamp under the Tamworth Road bridge. A rain delayed start, and credit to all groundsmen who got games one this weekend. A wettish to damp top, a lost toss and Walmley were batting in a shortened 35 over bash.
Dhruv Malhi and Shayaan Tahir opening and very carefully waiting for the ball to rise above the ankle. Forward defensive techniques were demonstrated as a steady start, building a good base of 38 before Dhruv falls to a catch for 12. Seb Tibbins gets an unlucky one before Reiss Chagar comes in. Shayaan’s rear guard to an excellent 23 finally gave a catch that was taken, and we moved into a middle order to support Reiss. Greg Rushton puts one up and is caught and then Viren Mahli lifts spirits with a six before getting a low one onto the pads, George Wyatt supports Reiss to push Walmley towards the 100 before running himself out in the chase.
Zain Ali came in and prowled the track looking for a ball with a little air to attack, sadly the damp top took all the air and Zain was stumped. Tom Cleaver came in with a flashing blade cameo and Reiss fell for a well batted 29. I joined Tom who got another low one, which brought Ridouan Asselman in for a last wicket push to get through the over and give us a total of 109 and something to defend.
A good bowling start by Ridouan saw the Four Oaks number two back in the pavilion before double figures were on the board. Unfortunately, the next partnership became comfortable pushing the score past 50 as we tried all, spin, pace and variations of both, but the short boundaries favoured the Four Oaks team. Zain Ali finally got the breakthrough with Ridouan taking the catch. Zain also go a second with a C&B as Four Oaks broke through the 100 barrier.
We held them until the 24th over and they ended on a 6 just as the rains started again, but too late to come to our aid.
By Alex Carey (Captain)