Saturday 22nd August 2020
Moseley Ashfield 1st XI v Walmley 1st XI @ ‘The Graveyard’ – Yardley Wood Rd
With dark clouds in the sky and the bitter taste of defeat in the mouths from last week, Walmley made the trip to B14 knowing a victory could see them regain top spot. The hosts were looking to replicate last week’s victory and history repeated itself when Jonathon Newis won the toss and decided to bowl.
Walmley had made 3 changes. They welcomed the return of Demari Prince behind the stumps and offered debuts to opening bat Sinel Gunarathne and tall paceman Jay Martin.
After strong bowling performances throughout the season, Jamie Hall (1/38) was entrusted with the new ball and responded with an excellent opening spell. He was well supported by Sachin Dubb (2/47), Martin (1/33) and Newis (2.23) as they did a great job of restricting the league leaders to 58/4 at the half way point of the innings.
However the division’s leading run scorer was still at the crease and he continued his impeccable form, reaching his century in the final over of the innings. Despite another excellent spell from young off-spinner Khalil (1/46), he found enough support to rebuild the innings and accelerate in the last 10 overs.
Moseley Ashfield 215/7 (45 overs)
216 looked achievable, especially if the top order could keep wickets in hand for the explosive lower order but the outfield had looked slow and every run would have to be earnt.
Callum Herron (20) led the way and saw off the opening bowlers displaying a growing confidence and sound technique. His partnership with Prince had the visitors well set for a successful chase as they kept up with the run rate. Unfortunately the loss of the young opener led to 3 wickets falling in quick succession which proved fatal.
Like last week, Sachin Dubb and John Newis (51) came together to provide hope of a fightback. The captain scored his 3rd half century of the year and put on 50 with Dinuk De Silva for the 9th wicket. However, the damage had been done and the final Walmley wicket fell with only 33.2 overs bowled.
Walmley 132 all out (33.2 overs) – Moseley Ashfield win by 83 runs
Walmley drop to 3rd and host second placed Streetly next Saturday looking to get their shortened season back on track.