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Saturday 29th August 2020

Walmley 1st XI v Streetly 1st XI

John Findlay Memorial Ground, Eldon Drive

After several days of rain, it was testament to the amazing ground staff who managed to get the place ready for play. With the start delayed by an hour and match reduced to 40 overs per side, this promised to be an exciting encounter with Walmley looking to reclaim second place from today’s visitors.

Walmley made 3 changes and welcomed back the experience of Recordo Gordon, Michael Waugh and Jordan Hoffman to a side that had lost their last two. As has become customary in recent weeks Jonathon Newis won the toss and decided to bowl.

Following last week’s impressive performance, Jay Martin (1/26) opened up and caused problems. He was partnered by the returning Gordon (1/11) who took the first wicket of day and both openers were back in the pavilion within the first 7 overs.

The third wicket however proved far more difficult to obtain, as they put on 62 and set a platform for them to accelerate in the later overs. When Newis took a sharp slip catch from the bowling of Jamie Hall (1/34) the visitors were 88/3 (21.4 overs) and 200+ looked likely.

A tight spell from the skipper, combined with wickets from Sachin Dubb (3/33) and Yusuf Khalil (2/26) pulled the brake on proceedings and kept Walmley in the game.

Streetly 188/9 (40 overs)

At half time there was a definite sense of honours even and this game was in the balance.

Yusuf Khalil (38*) opened the batting for the first time and gave a performance that oozed patience, class and no shortage of technical ability. Unfortunately, his more experienced peers failed to show the same resilience and for the third innings in a row Walmley were 4 wickets down with 30odd on the board.

John Newis (23) yet again offered hope of a fightback and when he departed Gordon continued to find the rope and just as an exciting 9 overs were coming into view, the umpires took the players off and the hosts failure to keep wickets in hand proved costly as they we well behind on the D/L Par Score. Constant drizzle meant that they didn’t return.

Would have been a fun last 56 balls . . . . .

Walmley 99/6  (30.4 overs) – Streetly win by 43 runs (D/L Method)

Walmley stay in 3rd and will be looking to get back on the winning trail next week at home to Solihull Municipal, who surprised league leaders Moseley Ashfield today by beating them with 4 wickets to spare.

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