WEMBURY opened the batting against Walkham on their beautifully manicured pitch. Openers Atkins and Dellow couldn?t get much change out of Rich Berry, but took a hefty toll of the other bowlers before Atkins fell to an athletic catch by J Berry off Simon Ward for 14. Dellow and Ray then continued the run feast, Dellow retiring undefeated on 33, and Gray eventually succumbing to a straight ball from Palfrey for 29. Williams and Bromridge continued the onslaught until Williams was bowled by Sandy Ralph for 15. Bromridge and Newhouse kept the momentum going, Bromridge retiring on 33 to bring in Maltby, who also helped himself to some very generous gifts in his lusty 27 not out. Newhouse fell to Ian Smith for 14 and Spence went cheaply, bowled Roger Smith, but then David Lakey remained 25 not out in an exceptional total of 210 for 5. Pick of the Walkham bowlers was Rich Berry who went for only 6 runs off his allocated 3 overs, whilst the wickets fell to Palfrey with 1 for 12, Ward with 1 for 17, Ralph 1 for 19, Ian Smith 2 for 22, and Roger Smith 1 for 29. Needing an improbable though gettable seven runs an over, Walkham were soon in trouble when Palfrey went for a duck in the first over, but Rich Berry and Ray Spreadbury steadied the ship with a partnership of 15 before Spreadbury was bowled by Maltby for 8. Mike Kearney and Rich Berry were going quite soundly, but then Berry was caught at mid off for 10 off Maltby and two more wickets clattered in quick succession, Everett for 3 and J Berry for 1, bringing newcomer John White to the crease. He kept Kearney company in a vigorous partnership before Kearney retired on 31 not out. White eventually perished for 13, which included a mammoth 6. Roger Smith was joined by son Ian and both set about the bowling, though they struggled to find the necessary boundaries as the Wembury fielders were on their toes. Ian Smith fell to Maltby for 9 and then Simon Ward was stumped for 4. Roger Smith retired on 23, leaving Ken Kay and Sandy Ralph the unlikely task of scoring an 80 to win off the final over! In the event, Walkham finished well short on 138 for 8, with Kay not out 4 and Ralph not out 1. Maltby with 3 for 4 and Dellow with 2 for 7 inflicted the damage, though the result could have been closer but for some sloppy bowling and fielding by Walkham earlier in the piece.