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Cricketers hold their nerve in low-scoring thriller

Cricketers CC vs Whalers CC: Richmond Green; Sunday 25th September 2022

It was the last game of the season at Richmond Green against cricketers and everyone wanted to finish with a high. It turned out to be a very low scoring thriller. Al and Channa started the innings for the Whalers. Channa was slightly out of practice and gave away his wicket on the third ball by edging one to the wicket without troubling the scorers. Will joined Al at number 3, but unfortunately he couldn’t hold the fort either and went away with a duck. Pip came in and got a decent start with a couple of fours. He almost started to look good when he got caught at 9. Amit joined at number 5. Al and Amit started rotating strike pretty well and had a very good partnership of 69 runs for the 4 wicket, the highest partnership of the game.

Things were looking well in control and then Amit edged one to the keeper, a bouncing delivery on the leg side and went back to the pavilion at 37. It was the start of the great Whalers collapse. Suhaib came in next and started with a single and a boundary and then got caught at 5, continuing the collapse. None of the following batters troubled the scorers except Saurabh with a magnificent boundary on the off side. Whalers managed to put a score of 99 in 30.2 overs.

Whalers started the bowling with Bilal and Nirmal. The cricketers started smashing Bilal all over the ground. The score was ticking very quickly when Nirmal got the first breakthrough, thanks to Pip’s excellent catch. Bilal got smashed again in his following overs but managed to get the opener lbw and Nirmal bowled the number 3 at 17. Mohammed Azam was bought in as first change and got into the right areas very quickly. He was very economical. He bowled the highest scorer Gents at 23. Suhaib came in as second change and was right on the money and created a chance but was dropped by Amit at Mid-wicket and he dropped a half chance on his delivery and injured his fingers and palm quite badly, but kept going irrespective and got even better and took their number 5 and 6 at 13 and 0.

Mohammad continued his great run with the ball and got their number 7 for a duck. It started to look like there was light at the end of the tunnel and then their number 8 batsman scored 18. Al bowled the last over to get the last wickets but managed to concede 9 runs without a wicket and Cricketers managed to hold their nerve and win the match.

Whalers 99ao (30.2)

Cricketers 102/8 (15.5)

Cricketers win by 2 wickets

Tigers dominate Whales

Whalers Vs Winchmore Hill Tigers – September 11, 2022; Winchmore Hill Cricket Club

While the saying ‘Winning is a Habit’ is true, losing can be infectious too as has been the case with Whalers this season.

On a bright Sunday afternoon of September 11th, Whalers for the second time this season travelled to Winchmore Hill, a place brimming with cricketing legacy. Having lost four of their previous fixtures on the trot, playing Winchmore boys on their home turf was a welcome change. The place after all witnessed Whalers pulling off one of their more dominating wins this season against a quality opposition on back of some individual brilliance by Aman. 

The day started on a good note for Whalers as they had lady luck pouring some much-needed love on Devon boy Josh who resumed his captaincy duties after a brief hiatus and won the toss deciding to bat first on a damp wicket with an awfully wet outfield, a decision giving him a few glares from the opening bats.

Brushing their grin aside to a sheepish smile from Josh, the Whalers openers, Aman and Nishant walked out to bat facing a relatively young attack from Winchmore. Nishant with an awkward looking stance fended off a fiery first over from young Thuran who delivered bouncers at will, uncharacteristic of a Sunday fixture. Aman on the other end started the proceedings from where he left in the previous fixture with Winchmore as he played a few aggressive shots before getting castled at 18 to a genuine inswinger from 16-year-old Amir who unsurprisingly was over the moon seeing the back of their team’s nemesis. An inspired change from Josh saw him promote himself up the order to    

no vain as he got bowled for a duck. Josh’s smile while on his way back to pavilion no way indicative of his ‘heroic’ feat on the field.

Nishant continued to fend some hostile bowling with an odd boundary as he was joined by Raman who looked in fine touch right from the start hitting 4 sublime fours in quick succession. As president Ale looked on, mightily impressed and somewhat surprised by his leggie’s batting prowess, Raman missed a slower one from Chalendra bringing end to yet another knock that showed promise but fell short. Chalendra by now had smelled blood as he unleashed his looping slower ones to get rid of next two Whalers with Nick being the ‘big wicket’ having promoted up the order falling just 88 short of a much -anticipated century. The Kiwi in Geoff missing no chance to give it back to the pavilion returning Aussie. Nishant and Ale went in quick succession and by now even the pigeons in the ground knew that the famous ‘Whalers collapse’ was well on its way. From 102/5, the Whalers batting succumbed to a paltry 130 all out with star batsmen Geoff stranded on one end, playing for averages which only he knows how to calculate.

Set a modest total to chase, Winchmore boys got off to a sluggish start with Sangamesh taking two wickets in one over before Winchmore veteran and half Whaler Kevin took over the proceedings, dispatching Whalers attack to all parts of the ground. As the bullying from Kevin continued, Whalers fielding played fetch to the ball waiting for the onslaught to get over with beer on the menu waiting to be brewed. It was payback time for Nick as Geoff in his unfamiliar fielding position on the boundary dropped a catch and in proceed lobbying the ball over for a six much to the joy of Nick who till date doesn’t fail to remind the Kiwi of his antics. Josh with yet another inspired change brought himself to the attack and in process surprising himself by getting rid of Kevin who finally departed for 71. It was too late for any further surprises as Winchmore boys completed the target in 18 overs handing Whalers yet another defeat, making it 5 in a row.  

Whalers 130ao

Winchmore Hill Tigers 131-4

Winchmore Hill Tigers won by 6 wickets

Player of The Match: Suhaib, 5-0-11-1

Champagne Moment: Sangamesh for sending the stumps packing

Muppet Moment: Geoff dropping a catch lobbing the ball over for a six