CRICKET: MARSTON Green hosted a youthful Walmley side on Saturday at Bickenhill Road.
Skipper Meek won the toss, a crucial one as the early evening weather forecast suggested rain was on its way.
Marston put Walmley into bat on a dry wicket despite buckets of rain during the week.
It became evident from an early stage that wickets would be hard to take, so Marston opted to contain and chase with a powerful batting order.
The young opening Walmley pair batted sensibly, ably assisted with some very average ground fielding.
They both made decent contributions, 70 and 81 respectively, but never hurt the home side with strike rates of 47 per cent and 72 per cent.
The introduction of Olly McMullan helped Marston make the breakthrough while the score was on 140.
McMullan helped himself to a second wicket moments later and returned with figures of three wickets for 34 runs.
Sami got his first bowl and was tidy ending up with two wickets for 18 runs off five overs at the death.
Mo Khan bowled well without success and a customary Conlon run out in the midst of all that ended the Walmley innings on 198/6 off their 50 overs.
Sloppy fielding cost Marston at least 30 runs, though 199 appeared a getable target.
With rain creeping in, Marston quickly opened and Sumit Sharma was the first to go for a run a ball 19.
Raj Dohal joined Walker at the crease, moving up from five to three in the order.
They combined beautifully to put on 111 before Walker departed yet again in the 90s.
His hard hitting 94 came off 78 balls with 18 fours and one six.
It was left to Mo Khan and Dohal to finish it off.
Dohal’s 51* (57 balls two fours three sixes) and Khan’s 26* off 27 balls helped Martson achieve their target inside 29 overs with drizzle starting to fall.
A 20 point success leaves Marston four points clear of 2nd place.