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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