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