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No Result at the Inn

Whalers CC v Clapham Inn CC 18th June; King’s House Sports Ground

Rain affected the end of the days play against Clapham Inn, bringing a somewhat unsatisfactory end to what had to that point proved a close contest. Shaking hands on a draw under the eaves of the clubhouse as the rain tipped down, the swings and roundabouts of the game hitherto hadn’t quite got the finale they had probably deserved.

The Whalers batted first, having been put in by the opposition after skipper Suhaib lost the toss and agreed on a 40 over contest. Some side glances at the weather forecast hinted at trouble to come but with the sun shining well enough in the early afternoon, all hoped for the best. Partnering Amit, Nick was elevated ‘a place or two’ up the order to open the batting, who soon settled into a rhythm of some watchful defence combined with the more familiar, natural-game, golf-swing defence. The first opportunity for Clapham Inn came early doors but Whalers had had the good sense to have their own captain fielding in the covers, having lent the opposition 3 players to help field for the start of the game while latecomers trickled into the King’s House ground. Suhaib’s good sportsmanship won out though, evening this drop with another one later in the game for his own side. The oppo bowling was more than accurate enough to keep our batting honest, with careful run accumulation the order of the day. Well, that and wickets falling to edges behind, apart from Nick who kept things fresh being bowled for 2.

Geoff was the first to climb into double figures but just when it was looking like 40 overs and rain would be the least of anyone’s concerns, Josh came to the crease and provided some stability to the Whalers innings. Through a combination of watchful defence and the occasional meaty boundary, Josh put on a partnership with the captain, making 36 himself before also succumbing to an edge to the keeper (vain attempt to hold his ground notwithstanding). Saurabh came in at no9 and held fort for a while before unsettling the close fielders with a drive to the boundary. It was not much longer before he was joined by last man Russell with the score on 119. Hope was not high among the Whalers but the final partnership proved its worth, save for some notably odd and amusing running between the wickets, not least with Russell shouting for ‘ONE’ when the ball had actually already been edged to the rope for four, or his cry of ‘WHAT’ when Surabh had the temerity to ask for a second run. Russell was 15no by the time Saurabh had lofted a drive to mid-on for 12 in the 38th over. The final score was 143, almost certainly shy of par but with a veneer of respectability. Tea-time entertainment consisted of Suhaib regaling anyone who hadn’t yet been told (not many) about his match-winning 50 the previous day for a different club.

Post-tea, Russell opened the bowling and found that the left-hander facing him took an unfortunate liking to knocking him for 4s. Dan at the other end was bowling much more tightly (ending the day on 0-18 from 7). Nonetheless it was Russell that struck first, finally getting a few balls at the oppo Captain and finding a thin edge through to Geoff, keeping wicket. So thin in fact the umpire didn’t give it but thanks to some earnest pleading from Geoff in particular, the batsman was persuaded of his need to leave the field. Vishal was first change and found his radar wayward, offering up a varied diet of wides for Geoff to go fetch. That target of 144 was looking very much in sight for Clapham Inn. However, at the other end Suhaib had brought himself on and duly went about the pick of the days bowling, accurately probing around off stump and ending with figures of 3-12 off 8. Having broken through the first couple of wickets of Clapham Inn, the softer underbelly of the batting line up was there to be had. Raman replaced Vishal and found his leg-spin almost unplayable by the oppo middle order, accruing 3-22 from 6, the highlight being a sharp caught and bowled. Suddenly victory seemed very much in sight for the Whale. Such was the pressure on the oppo, that Josh was asked to come in for a second slip while the leggy was bowling, a move that seemed surprising enough for him to emit an excited little ‘ooooh’. Imagine Winnie the Pooh had just discovered a jar of honey when he thought the larder was empty and you can recreate the moment in your mind well enough.

Lamentably the weather had taken that turn for the worse that had been feared. Having battled through to the end of Dan’s over, the decision was taken to run from the field and take cover from the rain. Dan had decided he had seen plenty and hit the showers almost immediately, which Suhaib took as a hint that the game was up. Hands shaken on a draw, the oppo later declared over a beer they thought they had crept ahead off the last ball on the Duckworth Lewis method. Inconclusive all round perhaps, but an opportunity to get a win remains for both sides when the T20 is played in a few weeks.

Nick Howes remains undefeated in 2022.

MOM: Suhaib for 3-12

Champagne: Raman’s C&B

Muppet: Russell’s calling for ONE, when the ball had been hit (edged) for 4

Cricketers Take First Of Double-header

Whalers CC vs Cricketers CC; Sunday 12th June 2022; King’s House Sports Ground

This week’s fixture against Cricketer’s took place at Kings House with the weather looking fine and fields lush, it was set to be a great day of cricket. (Was) being a particular focal point as you’ll soon realise later in the report. 4 Whalers managed to arrive at Kings House on time, waiting for the rest of the team and any direction from an imminent arrival of Russell, captain for the day. As we approached our 1pm starting point, it looked like all Cricketer’s had arrived, however there were drips and drabs of Whalers turning up, but no Russell. We soon received a message on the Whalers whatsapp group to say he had missed his train and that we needed to get changed and ready to start play. We were eventually joined in the change room by Russell and the rest of the Whalers team and it seemed we were at a full team to get started.

It took some time thereafter to get boundary flags put out, stumps hammered in and a toss to take place, but we were soon on our way with Russell losing the toss and opposition electing to bat first. Ross and Bilal kept things tight at the top of the order, but it took a few overs from both sides to finally get a breakthrough, Ross bowling a slightly back of a length delivery which caught the edge and well pouched behind by Geoff.

Cricketers were getting into a solid flow and runs were starting to come from both sides, until Whalers decided on a bowling change and Amit K struck a good line to find another edge and Olly was back in the hut for 17. Elwell then joined Badders at the crease who was going well and swinging across the line on anything short. He middled a few fours until eventually Bilal struck on the front pad LBW for 34.

Cricketers continued some heavy scoring with the next two batsmen who pounced n anything short or wide and put stand together of about 70 until Amit Kumar found an edge and caught well behind by Geoff. Young Louis then came to the crease and smashed about 36 off 12 only to miss a straight one from Ross who was brought back into the attack. A few extras were added by the next batsmen and Cricketers finished their innings of 198 which we thought was good, but achievable on a good batting wicket. Change of innings and everyone retreated to the clubhouse for a great lunch!

The Whalers batting innings started in very similar fashion to the bowling one, two or three batsmen padding up with the rest of the contingent either filling up on extra sandwiches, some playing football and some getting lost in the car park (it seems). We eventually had two openers ready to go in Ricky and Amit K and we were looking forward to getting a strong start upfront.

It was immediately noticeable that there was absolutely no pace from the opening attack from the Cricketers and they had clearly opted for a more accurate approach. This led to Amit miss-hitting a slow delivery by Sunil and getting caught for 10. Our number 3, John, then made his way to the crease and looked in good nick coming off an unbeaten 29 two weeks prior. Ricky and John kept a few good deliveries out until Ricky missed a Jaffer off the wicket by Jeff and was out bowled for 6. This brought in Ross and survived an early scare, being dropped by the keeper from a seeming delivery from Jeff. His luck didn’t continue though as he was given out LBW for 0 when the opposition had appealed for an edge onto the pads. It seemed that the collapse had started, however Viren had now joined John at the crease and both looked to get themselves in. Scoring wasn’t quick, but the bowling was accurate and patience was needed. Some slightly dodgy running followed by a few well times fours by both batsmen  until Viren was caught for 19. Geoff soon followed after timing a good boundary but was out for 5.This time it was Bilal who strode to the wicket and looked in good form, flicking anything near his pads and respecting some of the good length deliveries. The partnership between Bilal and John started to grow until John was bowled by a brilliant delivery by Taker. Amit Kumar then came to the crease and looked solid with some good forward defence. Amit’s eyes soon lit up with a half tracker by Carlisle and mis-timed pull went straight to the man at mid-wicket. Russell continued his day to forget by missing a straight one from Louis and was clean bowled for 1. Special came to the wicket, with the main aim of staying in and blocking anything on a length. A few good forward defences, and suddenly decided to pelt a drive passed the bowler for 4! Bilal and Kamal tried to hang on to a very inevitable ending but unfortunately Bilal soon nicked one off to the keeper and that was the game over. Thank god Geoff left a little earlier to pick up some jugs before the clubhouse shut!

Cricketer’s 198 for 5 beat The Whalers 115 all out by 83 runs


Champagne moment: Three catches behind the stumps for Geoff

Muppet: Amit Kumar giving Ross out LBW when opposition were appealing for caught behind.

Hon. Mention: Russell, overall terrible day out as captain.

MOM: Bilal for scoring 23 and bowling tightly with figs. of 1/27