UNHAPPY Jamie Spires branded Walmley’s wicket as a joke after Knowle and Dorridge crashed out of this season’s ECB National Clubs Knock Out.
The popular Spires pulled no punches with his criticism of Walmley’s pitch and insisted: “I don’t want to sound bitter, but the wicket ruined the match as a spectacle.
“I complained to the umpires about the wicket, but they said there was nothing they could do about it, because it wasn’t dangerous.
“The wicket was completely dead and a nightmare to play on. The ball was turning from the very first delivery.
“It was such a shame for everyone who turned up. We took a large following hoping to see a great game of cricket, but all they got was a game of roulette!”
Batting-wise, K&D never got out of the blocks and were bowled out for just 116. Their big batting guns failed to fire and it was left to Alec Baker and Tom Payne to supply top score of 24 each.
Walmley’s bowlers gave little away with Marc Russell and James Burnett conceding just 16 runs between them from 15 overs.
However Walmley didn’t have matters all their own way in reply, especially when they reduced to 10 for three.
Once again wicket keeper Chris Booth came to the rescue with 38 while Dutchman Tim Gruijters added a further 33, the pair putting on 75 for the fourth wicket, which was to prove a match-winning partnership as Walmley raced to 120 for six in the 34th over.
* There was better news for K&D in the Birmingham League Premier Division where they beat second- placed Shrewsbury to extend their lead to 41 points at the top.