Saturday 25th July
Walmley 1st XI v Attock 1st XI @ John Findlay Memorial Ground
Walmley went in to their opening home league encounter on the back of two exciting victories. Debutant spinner, Yusuf Khalil, was brought into the side to replace Mo Sheikh, whose experience was going to be sorely missed. After early morning rain, the start was delayed 50 mins and the game reduced to 42 overs per side.
The visitors won the toss and stuck Walmley into bat on a day that had further rain in the forecast. Openers Pete Shackleford (13) and Dan Bromley (13) did very well to get through the first 10 overs, but it was wicketkeeper Demari Prince (32) who held the innings together as the hosts got to 95/4 at 25 overs.
We have come to expect big hitting from the lower order, and today proved no exception. Firstly Jon Newis (47) and Jordan Hoffman (26) put on 63 for the 6th wicket in only 7 overs. When both departed it looked like the innings would fizzle out, but Jamie Hall (42*) hit the ball to all parts to see the Whammers to 220 when 200 looked optimistic.
Walmley 220/8 (42 Overs)
At half time there was an air of optimism, as the destructive late hitting gave the total a definite ‘above-par’ feel. That combined with a short shower during the interval and the Walmley bowlers were eager to take to the field and get the job done.
Attock however got out of the blocks quickly. Eager to ensure that if rain did come they were up with the D/L Par Score. After 4 overs, they were 21/0.
Sachin Dubb (1/29) was the first to strike, with his first wicket of the season and when this was followed by a calamitous run out suddenly the score board looked a lot more comfortable. Jordan Hoffman (1/15) rubbed salt into the wound by sending the number 4 back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers.
Those 3 quick wickets saw Newis (5/40) bring himself on as first change, and what a decision it proved to be. After a few looseners, Jono found his rhythm and had the Attock batsmen struggling to cope with his variations of pace and flight.
With the game under control, it was pleasing to see the young spin trio of Kiefer Woods (1/12), Yusuf Khalil (1/13) and Dinuk de Silva working together to squeeze the run rate and remove any chance Attock had of winning the game.
Attock 152 all out (40.3 overs) – Walmley win by 68 runs (scorecard)
3 wins in a row now for the Walmley 1st XI, and so exciting to see such a youthful team getting results at this level.
Next up a trip to Solihull Municipal, who beat rivals Sutton today.