Whalers CC vs Hawks CC; King’s House Sports Ground; 26th May 2013
Whalers 91-3 beat Hawks 90ao by 7 wickets
The Whalers convened at Kings House in good ‘cricket’ weather for the first time this season in their sixth match. The Bank Holiday weekend had had a negative impact on numbers and the Whalers could only muster 10 players however this was 2 more than the opposition Hawks. Indeed at the 1pm start time the Hawks only had 6 players so it was decided that they should bat to get the game started and in the spirit of cricket their 2 lowest scoring players could bat again and they would be lent one of the cat like Whalers fielders.
Lucas and Kirkness were the opening bowlers and both took a wicket in tight first spells. It looked as though the Hawks batting wouldn’t be too strong so Lucas took himself off after 3 overs to ensure the full repertoire of bowlers could be used. Nick H replaced him and bowled an excellent spell proving too quick for the Hawks batsmen and after a lot of playing and missing eventually ended with excellent figures for 2-6 from his 6 overs. . At the other end Paul Luckett was bowling his slow swinging loopers which did cause the batsmen some problems but he couldn’t make a breakthrough.
A double bowling change was made after drinks with debutant Paul Clappison called into the attack and he took his maiden Whalers wicket with his second ball. At the other end Kamal was bought on. Proving too wily for the Hawks batsmen and bowling unchanged for 7 overs he ended up with the superb bowling figures of 4-14. At the other end it was now Dario turning his arm over and he was unlucky not to take a wicket when a smart chance was put down behind the wicket. Kamal’s fourth wicket bought the Hawks innings to an end however with them all out for 90 after 32 overs and also prevented Al getting a run out and showing why he still has the best strike rate in the club.
After an al fresco tea Pete N and Al strode purposely to the crease while Kamal confident of a Whalers victory and happy with his work for the day headed to a family function. Pete started in his normal style with a powerful pull through midwicket however a couple of balls later a strong straight drive was plucked out of the air by the diving mid-on fielder when everyone else was looking at the boundary. That bought Paul Luckett to the crease to display his swashbuckling style. After some very big swings failed to connect he eventually caught one very sweetly only to pick out the Long On fielder who again took a good catch. It was now Kev’s turn to try and get his season off and running and he seemed keen to get the game over quickly as a flurry of boundaries (including a big six) got the scoreboard moving until he was well caught/juggled going for another big shot for a quick fire 28. All the time Al was steadily accumulating at the other end and with Paul Clappison joining him they took us over the line after 18 overs with the winning runs coming comically off a Paul Luckett mis-field whilst fielding for the opposition.
All in all the game was a bit of a mis-match but it was a beautiful day, provided some of the Whalers a chance to improve their seasons averages and continued their winning run, now up to 5 matches.
Hawks 90 all out (32 overs) – Kamal 4-14 Nick H 2-6
Whalers 91-3 (18 overs) – Kev 28 Al 24 not out
M-O-M – Kamal, beautiful bowling
Champagne – Paul Clappison’s first Whalers wicket followed by exuberant celebrations
Muppett – Nick H dropping an absolutely dolly or a ‘Howesler’
Special mention for Paul Luckett, bringing the game into disrepute by mis-fielding the winning runs