Whalers CC vs Lambeth Lambs CC; Sunday 26th July 2020; King’s House Sports Ground
The Whalers will head into August still unbeaten for the season, after overcoming Lambeth Lambs at Kings House. One of the opponents commented pre match that it was nice to play in July as on previous occasions we have faced off in May and there has often been rain in the air. The match was not without spells of light precipitation, but we were able to start on time and get a full game in. Captain for the day Dean won the toss and duly elected to bat on a slightly spongey but reasonable enough wicket.
With helpful overhead conditions, Lambeth’s opening bowlers were hitting a good line and length and bar an edge or two, scoring opportunities were pretty thin on the ground. However, Dean and Al (the latter sporting the essential cricketing accessory of the summer) were resolute in defence and the breakthrough came in the end from a run out, Al coming back for a second but a good throw from the fielder on the boundary meaning he didn’t quite make it and headed back to the bench and accompanying kit bags for 12. This brought Pip to the crease who formed a very fruitful partnership with Dean. Pip was patient, content to hit ones and twos whilst Dean was beginning to get his eye in and land some pretty hefty blows including an array of sixes down the ground. He soon passed 50 and the 100 came not long after, Lambeth’s change bowlers often dropping short and allowing Dean the opportunity to really get the run rate going. Unfortunately, the fun did come to an end not long after the 3 figures were reached- with a noble self-declared retirement coming at the end of the over, he was caught at long mid-on.
This brought Fraser to the crease, but he departed without troubling the scorers. Geoff, playing as a wk/batsmen was next up and with a solid platform to build on, was able to let loose and play the big shots which he did early on with a big 6 down the ground. This was soon over though, as he was caught for 7. At the other end, Pip got his 50 but he was dismissed not long after LBW for a solid 53. This forced Matt and Josh to the middle and with little more than 2 overs to go, the message was clear- ideally get the ball over/across the little white flags, but if not, run, run, run. There was a lovely straight 4, however in the main there was a lot of running. Josh and Matt both departed respectively, yet some more speediness between the wickets from Suhaib and debutant Abhay got the Whalers up to a respectable looking 209/7.
After a very quick ‘Tea’ the Whalers were back out onto the field, looking to take early wickets and keep the run rate in check. With Russell and Matt opening the bowling, we were able to do both. Matt in particular was hitting some good areas, but it was Russell who struck first with a LBW. Matt then took the 2nd and 3rd wickets, getting their dangerous looking number 3 caught behind and then bowling the next batsmen in with a jaffa. Suhaib and Amit were the first change bowlers and whilst Suhaib was struggling to find his range, Amit was producing some nice deliveries. His hard work paid off soon after drinks as he bowled the remaining opener. It’s fair to say, things weren’t going so smoothly at the other end. Josh, fresh from his year long sabbatical spent mostly telling anyone who would listen about how he was nearly the leading wicket taker in 2018 was brought into the attack. His 3 over spell contained a lot; runs (35 of them), extras, various dropped/missed catches, an attempted run out which went for four overthrows, and eventually a wicket- their batsmen managing to pick out Russell who managed to hang on. The one fairly vital component that it didn’t include was control and he was given a break and sent to the deep square boundary. Unfortunately, Fraser didn’t fare any better and the Lambs were beginning to believe. Thankfully Abhay was able to keep things tidy at his end and pick up wickets too- 3 of them in total to end with impressive figures of 3-24.
Dean had seen enough and brought himself into the attack, alongside running out their no 5 who was looking good on 43. His bowling created chances, chances that were dropped in what was agreed to be a fielding performance with room for improvement. Geoff made no mistake with a stumping chance and the Whalers walked off slightly relieved after looking very comfortable earlier in the innings. Overall, it was a good win for the Whalers with impressive performances from Dean, Pip, Abhay and Matt in particular.
Whalers 209/7 beat Lambeth Lambs 151 all out by 58 runs
Champagne moment: Matt’s wicket, inswinger hitting the top of off.
Muppet: Dean’s 3rd drop and then petulant overthrows
MOM: Dean (101)