An outstanding bowling display headlined by a searing new-ball burst from Jamie Hall fired Walmley to a six wicket Warwickshire Premier League success at Bablake.
Hall took full advantage of a difficult pitch to claim five of the hosts’ top six in a ten-over spell which eventually returned 5-18.
Leg-spinner Shayaan Tahir (4-26) then ended Josh Manning’s defiant knock before adding three further lower-order scalps as Bablake were bowled out in the 44th over for 104.
Despite finding life equally difficult at times against the new ball, a fine unbeaten half-century from Callum Herron steered the visitors across the line in the 23rd over.
Skipper Jon Newis was quick to praise Hall’s contribution to a win which lifts Walmley into third place in a densely-packed early-season table.
“It was a very good effort from our bowlers,” he said. “Jamie has bowled very well this year and he continued that fine form. Kiefer Woods also deserves plenty of credit as his eight overs at the other end only went for five runs which really built pressure on Bablake.
“It was a very difficult pitch, especially against the new ball, and they actually did quite well to get to 104 from where they were early on.
“Shayaan then bowled a really good spell for us and thoroughly deserved his four wickets.
“We said in the interval that we needed to play aggressively with the bat since there was always one coming along with your name on it.
“Callum’s 50 was outstanding, he played really well. Although we also lost a few early wickets he made sure there were no slip-ups.”
Bablake were soon 21 for five against the visitors’ seamers before wicket-keeper Manning dug in against Walmley’s change bowlers who were operating with a softening ball.
He added 31 with seventh-wicket partner Dhyan Patel to avert total disaster before falling to Tahir – one of three catches taken by Andrew Hendry.
This left the visitors needing 104, and their chase got off to the worst possible start when James Bristow was caught behind from the opening delivery.
With the prolific Sarmad Bhatti also being dismissed for the first time this season, Walmley’s response slipped to 45 for four against Ari Doak-Smith (2-10).
Herron was then joined by Peter Shackleford and the visitors’ fifth-wicket pair put together the biggest partnership of the day which was worth an unbroken 62 when the finishing line arrived.
Shackleford made an unbeaten 29 containing five boundaries, but it was Herron whose contribution stood out on a difficult day for both side’s batters.
His unbeaten 68-ball 55, which contained a six and nine fours, was described by his captain as “being worth 100 on most other days.”
Picture: Sarah Norell
Words: Paul Smith (Stumped4Words)
Video: Neil Guinivan