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Tight finish away at Walmley

14 June, League, Away, Walmley

The Over 40s opened the bowling with tight overs from Martin Rose and Paul Smith. The first wicket fell when David Woakes pounced sharply on an attempted quick single and ran out Appleby with a direct hit. Kayani then began hitting regular boundaries, and the hosts reached the half-way stage at a run rate indicating a total nearing 200 could be in reach. An outstanding four overs of off-spin by Shashi Thakor included the vital wicket to halt Kayani on 65, and a later stumping was efficiently executed by captain and wicket-keeper Chris Wooding. The Over 40s then saw one their greatest spells of bowling and fielding as the run-rate slowed considerably. Woakes added to his early two economical overs to complete three overs for only 16, Abdul Rahim’s four overs went for only 17 and Paul Smith returned to take late wicket in a high-class final over, all helped by boundary fielding of John Page and Rob Bartlett in their first game of the season.

Walmey’s 136-6 looked straightforward if batsmen could remain at the crease. Austen Imber hit regular boundaries before being caught in the fifth over for 35. Simon Bowen and Wooding then guided the visitors steadily through the next ten overs before a flurry of boundaries from both batsmen, including 14 runs off the 15th over, left what appeared to be a coast to victory with 12 runs needed from four overs. However, the return of the impressive Ellis saw Bowen bowled for 44 and Wooding bowled for 27 in the same 16th over. Panic set in as the Manor lost two further wickets, both to catches with failed attempts to clear the pressurised ring-field. Seven runs needed from three overs had fallen to six off two overs and then four off the final over. The final over task fell to Matthew Buttle and Smith. After scraping two singles, one run was needed from the final ball to Buttle. Walmley fortunately took their extras total to 30 as a leg-side delivery ran for byes, giving the Over 40s their hat-trick of away league wins at Walmley.