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Whalers Get Fright in Tight Finish with Salix

Whalers CC vs Salix CC; King’s House Sports Ground; Sunday 16th June 2019

Two  weeks with heavy rain and without cricket didn’t dampen the spirits of the 11 Whalers that assembled for their only Fixture against Salix this year. Captain Jack won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch with variable bounce and slow outfield.

A typical slow start saw much playing and missing by Will and Dean. In fact Dean offered a catchable drive that just cleared mid on. Then the decision of the day arrived: Dean missed a ball, the fielders thought they heard a sound and the Umpire Roland remained unmoved. With no obvious deflection and with Dean holding his ground and probable pad involved the right decision was probably arrived at.

Soon Will was out to LBW to their bowler Sai for 11 with the partnership on 45 runs, Channa didn’t hang around also out LBW as well, beer goggles still on?  This bought Special K to the crease and Salix smelt blood bringing close catchers all around. Some prodding and poking was soon followed by a floaty cover drive that went for 4 much to the delight of the Whalers team.  By now Dean was in his pomp and was driving and pulling anything long or short.  Special offered a catch and was gone with the score on 100. Roland didn’t hang around either again another LBW decision with a Ball that was high. ??. Nearer his box than knee roll and whalers were 4 down [Editor’s note: Roland is writing this match report]. The collapse continued – our guest Whaler Amit offered a return catch and then their keeper missed a potential stumping / catch off Dean who decided to go for a run of the  misfield and  Aseem was run out without facing. Amit also departed which brought trusty Dan to the crease to give his usual doughty innings of ones and 2’s and offering Dean the strike. 50 Runs were added in the last 4 /5 overs and Dean soon passed his ton to finish with a super much needed 128. Extras on 22 and Dan third top Scorer on 13. Nick chattering away as normal having to pad up and not even get  out in the middle.

After tea the wind picked up and soon the heavy clouds drifted away and the sun made an appearance. Dan was in on the act and had the opener caught and then clean bowled their Number 2. Nick meanwhile bowled a beauty to remove their number 3 for just 16 runs and Salix were 3 down for about 40 runs. This bought out their number 5 batsman who began by blocking everything. The run rate was helped by the appearance of the wind and some wides. Jack came on as first change as was swinging it in nicely. Amit and Aseem were soon sharing the other end, but their number 5 was accelerating nicely.  

Jack removed their number 6 by a nice smart catch from Nick. Another easy catch was soon dropped by Channa. The ball was driven straight to him chest height, Channa mis-sighted it and ran in 5 yards only for the ball to strike him on the collar bone and he dropped down like a sack of potatoes .  Much mirth ensued. Then another calamity happened as Salix were running for anything – an edge went near the wicketkeeper then Roland threw it at the stumps and missed, Next Will had a go as well then another fielder had a shy at the stumps and missed another good chance. So 3 missed  run outs and Salix had run 3 ???!!!


Their Number 5 was by now past 50 and doing most of the scoring, with good support from their Number 9 who was running for anything and Salix were threatening the Whalers total . With 30-ish needed from the last 3 overs, Dan came back in to bowl and was soon tight as well and he bowled their Number 5 to really stifle Salix who finished on a classy 74.  Nick also came back on and reduced the free runs. Soon 19 Runs were needed of the last over and 2 run outs ended the compelling finish of a match. Dan finished with 3 wickets for 34 runs, Jack finished with 3 wickets for 20 runs and Nick bowled his 7 overs for just 22 runs and 2 maidens.  But 40 extras on wides and no balls told its own story of how close Salix came to pinching it.


Champagne: Kamal’s floaty cover drive for 4

MUPPET: Channa trying to catch it with his shoulder

MOM: Dean 

Salix report HERE

The One with Gouldy Gold and Deano Dynamite

Whalers CC vs Clapham Inn CC; King’s House Sports Ground; Sunday 2nd June 2019

The last time we met CICC was at the end of season social, a night that ended in a haze of rum and cokes. Today’s meeting was at a very different venue, with cloudy skies and goose shit across the outfield of an otherwise pristine Kings House. 

It was to be a reduced overs game, though I’m still not sure why. 30 overs each of the best that English cricket has to offer. 

Skipper, Will, won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Dean and Al got stuck in and the score started to tick over, though slowly. The partnership was short lived however with Al being caught for 17 in the 7th over. 27 for 1. 

Channa, on season debut, didn’t really trouble the scorer, when he was bowled for 9 in the 10th over. The Whale was 44 for 2, Roland in next. Despite some initial spluttering Roland soon settled in to playing a supporting role to Dean. The bowling had turned into  =some slow medium pies and Dean, who had not quite managed to find the middle of the bat initially, soon made up for with with a flurry of boundaries and a couple of back to back sixers.

The run rate escalated rapidly with the Whale reaching 100 in the 16th over.   Dean continued to tonk it around, soon reaching a well deserved century. He went on to make 112, before deciding that the gentlemanly thing to do would be to retire and give someone else a go. He was later fined for protecting his average. At the end of the 23rd over the Whale was sitting pretty at 161 for 2. A remarkable 100+ run partnership. 

Roland continued carrying out an admirable job at the other end, and joined by Sipper Will, kept the board ticking. It wasn’t much longer though until Roland was bowled for 33. 190 for 3, 26th over.

Seth was up next. Having flown all the way from Australia to play for the Whalers, he started his innings with a trademark nurdle. Skipper Will was never allowed the freedom to loosen up, and despite some lovely shots, didn’t really have time to get settled in. He was caught of the very last ball, trying to hoik. Very admirable Captaincy. He made 20, and alongside Seth took the Whale to an impressive 209/3 of 30. Next up, tea! 

Kings house Teas are certainly a lot different to the ham sandwiches of old. Cori chicken wraps, ploughmans thick, the occasional lemon slice. It was all happening. 

CICC came to the crease, and from the outset were aggressive. They had to be. Batsman 1 took a shine to Viren who was dispatched around the ground. Aseem, from the other end was bowling his medium pace off-cutters and finally forced batsman 1 to hit the ball straight to Gouldy at long off. The look of pure horror on Gouldy’s face as he saw the ball head towards him, and the utter relief on his face when he caught it, is an image that will stick with me for a long while. This is why we play cricket. He deservingly won Champagne moment for holding his nerve.

Aseem kept the batsmen busy and it wasn’t long until batsman 3 stepped forward for a hoick, only to hear the death rattle behind him. The score at this point was around 40 for 2 of around 5 overs. Keeping in mind that this was a 30 over game, and that batsman 2 was still in the crease and looking increasingly dangerous it was no wonder that the score board began to tick over. There was a bowling change with Kamal and Seth stepping up. It must be said that the Whale was sharp in the field, and limiting the singles soon forced batsman 4 to take a hasty run. Gould was up for it, throwing it to the keeper who ran out Batsman 4 for a well made 22. Gould was in the action soon after when he stepped up to bowl, forcing Batsman 5 to spoon one up to Skipper Will. 

The Overs were ticking over and with CICC at around 120 for 4, the in-form batsman 2, smacked the ball around. There were a few drops, notably from Dean, who managed to get his hands to one, only to juggle it a few times, before dropping it. Later at fines he was fined for 3 drops, which is absolutely what we saw on the field. With Roland now safely behind the stumps Dean stepped up to bowl, finally getting Batsman 2 to take a step too far forward, forcing a good stumping by the Hogg. Well done Gregory, (Batsman 2), on your 83.  

With the overs running out there was one final bit of excitement as batsman 6 was caught and bowled for 8. The remaining batsman got CICC to a very respectable 187 of 30, but they were outdone by the Whalers batting (and by that I mean Dean’s). Notable bowling by Aseem who bowled 6 overs, 2 maidens, 2 for 18. 

The win went to the Whale and we all celebrated with beers. 

Whalers 209 / 3 (30)

Clapham Inn 187 ao (30)

Champagne moment – Jimmy gould’s catch, preceded by a look of horror and then the look of utter relief.

Muppet – Deans drop, which went like this. Catch, juggle, catch, juggle, drop. 

Man of the match went to Dean for his terrific century, with honourable mentions to Roland for runs, a stumping and being involved in an fantastic Run out (thanks for Gouldys efforts)

Last Over Exile for the Whale

Whalers CC v Energy Exiles, 19 May 2019; King’s House Sports Ground


After last week’s batting woes, the Whalers gathered at Kings House keen to make amends against old foes the Energy Exiles. Dean lost the toss and we were, errrm, batting. And when Seth was bowled shortly followed by Rahul, and then Dillen, things were not looking great at 14-3 – especially as Dean had already been dropped once at the other end. However, Russell and Dean then put on a great partnership to turn things around, displaying a range of shots including a variety of lofted drives and flicks from Russell and a couple of sixes for Dean. As drinks approached, the batsmen decided to start offering some catching practice, but at halfway we were nearly 100 still with only 3 wickets down.


The catching practice continued after drinks, before Russell departed for a career best 33. Viren was then bowled for 11, and Dean accelerated to his first ton of the season before deciding to retire himself for an average-enhancing 103*. Dheeraj then kept things moving at one end for 32* including some good back-foot drives, but Amit, Dan and Aseem all departed fairly quickly. However, last man Kamal joined Dheeraj to see the score past 200, and the consensus was that the final score of 207-8 was pretty defendable.


In reply, Dan opened with several leg-side wides one of which the batsman was unlucky enough to tickle through to Dean behind the stumps. A decent partnership followed before Russell got a couple of quick wickets and then Viren bowled the number 5. However, the Exiles stayed in the game with another good partnership, and although there were wickets for Amit and Aseem, we never quite put the game away. There were a couple of drops but in general the bowling and fielding were fairly tight throughout, they just batted a little bit better than we bowled and put the bad balls away. Dheeraj was the pick of the 8 bowlers tried and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, but in the end we weren’t able to break the final partnership between the Exiles two opening bowlers who got them over the line with three balls to spare.


All in all a good game played in an excellent spirit, which was competitive throughout and finished as the shadows lengthened, everyone got to bat and pretty much everyone got to bowl. So it had pretty much everything except for the win – hopefully we can get the elusive first victory when cricket returns in June! 


Whalers CC 207-8: Dean 103*, Russell 33, Dheeraj 32*

Exiles CC 208-6: Russell 2-33

Man of the Match was shared between Dean and Russell. Champagne moment went to Russell for his slow ball yorker bowled, and muppet to Rahul for a dropped skier.

Whalers caught out by Cricketers in Pitch D woe

Whalers CC vs Cricketers CC; Sunday 12th May; King’s House Sports Ground

With the season well and truly up and running, a full Whalers eleven arrived at a sunny King’s House to turn things around after the first match. A strong side were slightly confused by the “agreement” that had apparently been made for The Cricketers to bat first, but the arrangement was confirmed by the toss and the Whale prepared to field. Jack and Russell got things going and, thanks to some fairly generous umpiring, the first three overs kept things tight. Unfortunately for Russell, the Cricketers’ openers decided they would start to free their arms and helped themselves to 13 runs off the fourth over. Amit was brought in to try and stem the flow of runs and bring a wicket, and he did just that when he bowled one of the openers for 17. Dan took over at the other end and maintained the pressure with a tight line and length. Nick, replacing Amit, capitalised on this pressure and bowled the Cricketers’ number 3, which sparked a run of quick wickets. Dan clean bowled the Cricketers’ number 4 before drawing number 5 into a loose shot which was smartly caught by Pip in the gully (with the obligatory dive for emphasis). A third quickly followed for Dan as he trapped number 6 LBW (and immediately hung his head in shame for potentially putting a debutant off ever playing the game again). At drinks the Whalers were feeling confident of keeping the Cricketers to a low score.

That confidence had clearly forgotten about the Whalers’ ability to demonstrate some particularly poor fielding. Several catches were dropped, some of which were much easier than others, the energy to attack the ball in the field apparently disappeared, and Nick decided that he would pick the ball up while straddling the boundary to throw it back in. Kamal and Matt did their best to restrict things, but the poor fielding and strong batting partnership of batsmen 2 and 9 pushed the fielders back and brought the Cricketers back into it. Matt ended the partnership with some excellent bowling to remove batsman 2 for 55, and the last few overs swing back towards the Whale. Two more wickets in the final over (one bowled, and a run out on the final ball) meant the Cricketers finished on 141 off their 35 overs.

Having gorged themselves on the new and improved teas at King’s House, Al and Dean strode out confident of being able to take their time to reach the target. Wary of some uneven bounce in the pitch and restricted by some tight bowling from the Cricketers’ opening pair, it was a slow start as they sought the occasional ones and twos. Al fell in the fourth over to a sharp delivery, but Pip and Dean looked to be starting to pick things up as they each found the boundary. Unfortunately for the Whalers, these were the only two times the umpires needed to signal a four in the whole Whalers innings, and both soon signalled the end of the batsmen. Pip looked to have got enough on a sharp drive but it was snaffled by a good catch in the field, before Dean top edged an attempted hoick over midwicket and was out caught and bowled. Will maintained a presence at the crease with some good looking shots, but was rapidly running out of batting partners. Matt went forwards, and then backwards, to a straight one and was out LBW, Russell could only watch as his first delivery went under his bat, and Amit picked out a fielder early into his innings to leave the Whalers struggling on 27-6.

A rejigged batting order meant Dan joined Will at the crease and it looked like hope may have been making its way back into the Whalers innings, before Will’s good run came to an end as he was bowled for 20. Special ‘The Wall’ K kept things out for a while as Dan looked for his usual twos, but there was one too many straight one for Kamal to deal with. Dan found the same fielder that Amit had, and it was left to Nick and Jack to try and salvage something, or get out quickly to head to the pub. Some interesting running choices from the two of them resulted in Nick being run out for one, and the Whalers were all out for 53 off 26 overs. Cue much discussion about how the season can only get better from here as it’s not really possible to bat or field much worse than had been shown on this outing.

Cricketers CC 141 ao (35)

Whalers CC 53 ao (26)

Muppet moment(s) went to Nick generally, highlighted by his questionable running when batting and the active decision to throw the ball in from over the boundary. Pip’s catch off Dan’s bowling took the Champagne moment (partly because it was the only catch the Whalers held), and Dan’s excellent bowling figures (4-19 off his seven overs) earned him Man of the Match.

Whalers Go Down To Village In First Game Arm Wrestle

Whalers CC vs Village CC: 05/05/2019; King’s House Sports Ground

The Whalers season has officially got underway (even if it was a week late) and was welcomed by the traditional cold and breezy weather. A full 11 assembled at Kings House which included 2 debutants, Aseem and Rahul, however the day took on the added significance of marking the auspicious occasion of Kamal’s 200th Whalers cap.
Will, having won the toss and electing to bat (and agreeing to a 40 over game), sent Dean and Al to open up. Dean survived an early scare after top edging a hook shot, but wasn’t able to capitalize and was bowled for 1 off the pads in the 4th over. Some very tight bowling and a lot of playing and missing ensued for a number of overs, before Roland was out caught in the 10th. Will came and went after being trapped LBW (but would certainly have been overturned had DRS been in place) and the Whale was in trouble at 19-3 after 14 overs. Rahul on debut was next in and with the introduction of spin in to the attack, was able to lift the scoring rate with Al. Rahul was eventually bowled (in what appeared to be slow motion) by the left arm spinner for 13. Aseem joined Al who was now getting on top of the dual spin attack (and brought up his 50), moving the score along to 97 before Aseem was undone by a fantastic bit of leg spin bowling, resulting in him being caught at slip for 6.
Matt joined Al, but Al lost his wicket after slapping a short ball to point, caught for a well played 58 with 7 overs to go. Matt continued where Al had left off, scoring freely from the spin attack. Kieran came and went, out caught for a duck trying to keep the score moving. Dan also didn’t hang around, being bowled for 4. Russel at 10, dug in and was able to rotate the strike with Matt before being caught behind off the last ball of the 39th over for 5. Kamal joined Matt who needed 11 off the last over for a maiden Whalers 50, however it wasn’t to be, finishing the innings not out 44. The Whalers finished with 162 from their 40 overs.
Defending what was considered to be a below par score, tight bowling and regular wickets were going to be the key. Dan and Russel were handed the new ball and both started very tidily, but it was Russel who got the wickets with a double breakthrough in the 4th over. The opener was well caught by Kieran sliding to his right at mid off for 7 and the number three being adjudge LBW after being trapped back on his stumps for a duck. More tight bowling and playing and missing eventually drew an edge that unfortunately ran wide of slips. Matt took off after the ball and the batsman attempted a risky second run. A good throw over the stumps to Dean resulted in the run out of the Village number 4 which made the score 26-3 after the first 10 overs and the Whale were in the game. More tight bowling and playing and missing ensued. Dan was the first bowler replaced after going for 20 off his 6 overs. Russel bowled his 8 straight through, going for just 10 runs to go with his 2 wickets. Matt replaced Dan, and Kamal replaced Russel. The tight bowling only resulted in the score at drinks being 52-3.
Matt got the breakthrough in the first over after drinks with the remaining opener caught by Roland at deep point for 27, trying to lift the scoring rate. Matt finished with 1-19 off his 8 overs. Another strong partnership was the result as the batsman went on the attack taking a liking to Kamal as well as Kieran. The next breakthrough came in the 31st over with a sharp single pushed to Matt at mid off (off a Kieran no ball) which was never on. A direct hit resulted in Matt’s 2nd run out of the game. With 9 overs to go, Village still needed 58 to win but had half their wickets still remaining. Aseem was introduced in to the attack and was able to get the ball fizzing. A bit of luck to the batsman with half chances just going out of reach on several occasions resulted in Village getting on top of the run rate. A double change resulted in Will and Rahul coming in to the attack and Will got the wicket of the number 7, but with only 11 required and 3 overs to go, there was too much for the Whale to do and Village got home with 13 balls to spare.
Whalers 162-9 (40)
Village 164-6 (38.1)
Muppet: Kieran for attempting to throw a ball in from fine leg only for it to go backwards towards the boundary
Champagne: Matt’s run out off a no ball
Man of the Match: Matt for his all round performance of 44 not out, 8 overs 1-19 and 2 run outs