Whalers V Lemmings; 18 August 2013; Kings House Sports Ground
Lemmings beat Whalers by 65 runs
The last time the Whalers played the Lemmings it was the Sunday match of the Oxford tour. Needless to say we were very hungover, didn’t produce our best cricket and lost accordingly.
The re-match was again on a Sunday and JT and Nick obviously hadn’t read the Whaler’s history books and were suffering severely from 11 pints the previous day. Nevertheless it was a warm day with sunny spells and a stiff breeze and (almost) everyone was keen to get started promptly for a 40 over match. Dan won the toss and elected to bowl so the Lemmings padded up to start their innings and get the match going.
We started with Khalil and Nick who looked sharp at the start but couldn’t make the break through despite some clear chances for Khalil. Nick lasted about three overs until the adrenaline failed him and his hangover really started to show, so he soon made way for Kamal.
Their number 1 was proving stubborn, being dropped twice off Khalil and Matt’s bowling, he was starting to look comfortable and made his half century soon enough. As the overs ticked along the whalers were wondering where and when the first wicket was going to come. It wasn’t until the 18th over that finally it came with a very cool caught and bowled from Kamal to dismiss their number 2. It was an uplifting moment to finally get the break-through but at 70 for 1 the Whalers still had a lot of work to do to prevent the Lemmings piling on a big score.
After a couple of overs Gilo stepped up to the mark with fire in his eyes and promptly bowled a long-hop which the batsman hoicked to Dan at mid-off and we had another wicket. Things were starting to look up but we still needed the crucial wicket of their number 1.
Kamal continued the party with a slick stumping by Kev but the Whalers really got excited when the key wicket of their number 1 batsman went as he flashed at one from Gilo which Dario took comfortably at fly slip. Although wickets had been hard to come by at the start, the Lemmings had never really hit out hard so with two new batsmen at the crease with the score at 124 for 4 after 28 overs there was a chance the whalers could keep the Lemmings to a below-par score.
And indeed the Whalers managed to keep the Lemmings in check with a solid performance in the field (except for one rush-of-blood-to-the-head by Dario, see below) and Dan, Khalil and Nick taking another five wickets between them. However a disappointing 33 extras on the score made the Lemmings total of 184 a lot healthier than it should have been.
Nevertheless in a 40 over match that score was easily within the Whalers grasp, all they had to do was “bat out the overs”…
Dario and Matt started the reply facing a tricky opening combination of probing accuracy from one end and pace and bounce from the other. Matt soon fell to a wicked ball with plenty of bounce and just enough movement to get an edge onto his stumps. Dario didn’t last much longer and Paul went for a duck so the Whalers were in trouble already and the target of 184 was looking a long way away. Gouldy was the one shining light in a dull opening order display but he was caught out after a smart 22 and it was 36 for 5 when Khalil strode into bat and we desperately needed someone to steady the boat. . Kev was looking comfortable at the other end and hope started to grow as the runs slowly ticked over and the wicket tally didn’t increase. But Khalil holed out with the score on 74 and when Kev went soon after any hope in the Whalers camp of winning this game was gone.
Gilo continued to bat with freedom, with assistance from Dan, Nick and Kamal, but his wicket was the last with the score on 119 and the whalers losing by 65 runs.
The headline for this game is the whalers batting capitulating despite a solid bowling and fielding performance restricting the Lemmings to a gettable 40 over score. But that takes nothing away from the Lemmings who batted steadily and bowled well and with depth to earn a well won victory.
Champagne moment – Kamal for his cool caught and bowled to take the first wicket.
Man of the match (joint) – Gilo for his bowling of 2-31 and leading run scorer with 32, and Kev for taking three catches and a very sharp stumping.
Muppet Moment – Dario’s rush-of-blood-to-the-head with a chance of a run-out at either end he duly sent it skyward to the middle of the pitch