Immediate revenge as Walkovers defeat Grant Thornton (on the) Beeches
Walkovers bounced back from a disappointing defeat the previous evening in the JEP Cup against the same opposition, to beat Beeches by 6 wickets and cement the place at the top of the table.
Both teams were much changed from the cup match, but the Walkovers won the toss and fielded first for the second time in two games, with captain John Patterson preferring to chase.
Tom Kearns (2-19, including a maiden) opened up and as ever, tested the batsmen with pace and bounce - beating the bat on many occasions and getting his reward later on in the innings. Conditions for pace bowling were difficult from the bottom end, with a strong wind moving the ball over the place. Dan Birrell coped with this admirably though, bowling his overs straight through to take 2-24.
Despite some lusty blows from Beeches batsmen, Walkovers bowlers kept them in check - Ben Beeley causing them no ends of trouble with his leg spin in the death overs to finish with 3-19.
Despite Andrew Kearsey's unbeaten 50, Beeches were restricted to 112-7, which meant Walkovers chase had to go at just over 7 runs an over to win.
The chase got off to the worst possible start, with Ross Chadwick falling to the first ball of the innings and allegedly the first ever golden duck of his illustrious career. Worse still, Andrew Bouchard, his opening partner, proceeded to hit (allegedly) the first boundary of his career as he and Pugsley ended up taking 10 from the first over despite the wicket.
If you'd have been ok with 10-1, not sure Walkovers would have taken 12-2 after 2 after Pugsley was bowled by Duncan Ellis.
The dismissal of Pugsley however brought Ben Beeley to the crease and he proceeded to play his shots nicely around the ground, whilst Bouchard continued to waft suspiciously at Biggins. By the time Bouchard (22 from 25) was out however, the game had swung back in Walkovers favour and there was an air of calm within the watching team-mates.
This calm swiftly moved onto whoops of joy when first Beeley, and then Brewster smashed big sixes to show they could mix business with pleasure when necessary. Even when Beeley (42 from 25) departed following a great knock, the fun didn't finish, Birrell smashing two sixes of his own.
Walkovers made 115-4, chasing down Beeches target with 2 full overs to spare (8.21 per over) with Brewster (27* from 16) and Birrell (20* from 12) seeing them home.
A welcome victory, which puts the team clear at the top of Evening League Division 1