Whalers vs Quokkas 29th of May 2022, Kings House Sports Ground, Chiswick. 29/5/22
The Whalers had a good win last Sunday by 78 runs against a valiant Quokka team. The quokka is a small marsupial found only on Rottnest island off the coast Fremantle, WA. Some may question the oppositions founding name considering the team consisted of an Irishman, a Kiwi, an American, some Brits and only one Aussie. To be fair there isn’t a mariner with whaling experience amongst our playing list. None-the-less, the teams gathered at the usual 12.30 on a cold and overcast day at the recently refurbished Kings House sports ground for the battle of the mammals.
Viren and Saurabh arrived very very late which was duly noted by all and recognised later in the fines. Viren gratefully volunteered to make up the number 11 for the Quokkas. The skipper lost the toss and we were surprisingly put into bat on a good batting wicket. With a couple of quick throw downs, the absence of inspirational speech from the skipper Suhaib, Dean and Amit K strode out to the crease and very quickly got the run rate going. Faggie and Frutti bowled well for the Quokkas but both Dean and Amit played some great cover drives and pulls shots punishing anything short or loose. The author having a great advantage point as the umpire and the runs flowed freely. At drinks we had a healthy score of close to 140.
Not too long after drinks Dean got out to an admittedly poorly timed shot but a decent strike rate and score of 50. Geoff came out to the middle and hit two 4s off his first two shots. The runs kept coming with both Geoff and Amit running well between the wickets until Amit K was caught out for 85. Raman came out to make a quick 9 and Geoff mis timed a shot being caught on the boundary for 41 (the first of Radio’s victims) so debutant John, having not played cricket for some time, should have expected some support from the tail…little was he to know what was about to unfold.
With about 6 overs left the oppositions ‘Radio’ proceeded to harpoon the whales tail. Radio bamboozled the proceeding 5 batsmen and bowled really well taking 6 wickets for 6 runs off 3 overs. His action resembling our presidents. This also included a hatrick victimising Kamal (bowled), Matt (stumped) and Surabh (bowled). Nick also only lasted a single ball given LBW by Amit. He however graciously left the ground and did not mention the incident again for the rest of the day. The skipper made 2 being bowled by Viren. The combined last 6 batsmen contributing 4 runs to the Whalers total of 232. Special mention to John who had to watch the demolition, finishing not out on 29.
With a quick tea break, Suhaib and Nick opened the bowling confident that 233 would be a difficult total to reach. Both kept the run rate low with Suhaib breaking the drought trapping Driver LBW for 11 and getting the dangerous Faggie out caught behind. Vishal and Matt replaced the openers and kept the run rate low. Vish bowled a jaffa hitting the top of middle stump taking out number 4 and Matt got Scott out caught behind by Geoff (his second caught behind for the day).
Post drinks the run rate looked tricky and Dean and Kamal took advantage of the pressure both bowling well. Matt continued to bowl some tight overs and had Viren under pressure inducing a retired hurt (pulled shoulder socket). Dean bowled Yak and had Jatin soon after caught out by Suhaib. He also ran out the tail and contributed greatly to the field. The same could not be said to be true of some mis fields from Raman and Amit K. Amit being singled out by Matt in particular for refusing to put his knee down to save a boundary. Debutant John bowled really well and claimed a wicket and Suhaib cleaned up the tail. Best bowling figures – Suhaib 6 overs 3 for 25, Matt 6 overs 1 for 20, Dean 3 overs 2 for 10, John 3 overs 1 for 14. The Whalers winning by 78 runs.
Champagne Moment – Nick’s football flick into hands trickshot and celebration thereafter
Muppet Moment – Amit K’s terrible fielding on the boundary
Man of the Match – Amit K’s Ponting esque batting
Fine of the day – Nick for largely not accepting his method of dismissal