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The Whale soars high in Clapham thumping

Whalers vs Clapham Inn CC, Kings House – 25th June 2023

With temperatures due to hit 30 degrees it was made clear to Suhaib on the right decision on winning the toss, irrespective of what the pitch looked like. However Suhaib had a cunning plan, by showing the opposition captain the wrong pitch (designed for under 16s) which looked good for bowling and then losing the toss Whalers still managed to get a chance to bat first. 

After the first ball where Dean was rather surprised by the closeness of the bowler it was decided to move from the 18 yard pitch to the close by full size pitch and which was far more suited to batting and created a fairly short boundary. Inspired captaincy ??

After the faff of moving the kit from behind the bowlers new run up it was Dean and Rohan to open the batting and an electric start. The bowlers were certainly hampered by a strong wind down the ground and Rohan was taking on the free hitting opener role with a range of firmly struck boundaries and starting the days six hitting challenge with 34 coming off the first 4 overs. After racing to 25 Rohan’s eyes lit up one too many times and was bowled bringing Fraser to the wicket. After a slow start (well a single and a two) the boundaries started to flow and when Dean was out giving catching practice the score was 68 off 10.

Kishan and Fraser then set out to dominate the bowling for the next 15 overs. Fraser continuing to strike hard to all corners with Kishan preferring to run 1 and 2s which would catch up with him later in the innings. With Fraser getting close that ever elusive Whalers Century a change of bowling brought a change of luck for Clapham and the first ball from Crowley did enough to clip to top of off stump with Fraser bowled for 82. This brought Paul to the wicket and the run rate slowly fell as the late cut was not a fruitful as in 2003. With the score at 185-3 off 25 the pundits on the sideline saw this as a 250 par pitch. A couple of lusty blows brough some much needed boundaries before a rather predictable run out (having seen Kishan and Paul almost running into each other the previous over) saw Paul leave for 23 but brought Geoff to bring the power. Unfortunately, his first ball saw a remarkable one handed above head catch at mid-on.  Suhaib and Kishan kept the run rate up with a number of well run singles and twos and by now Kishan was blowing. So when Dan came in in the penultimate over and did his signature dab for one it was only converted to a 3 with overthrows. Kishan finished on 77 not out and the whalers had amassed 267-6 which was deemed defendable even on a good batting pitch with a short boundary.

During tea the rumours started about a revolutionary tactic Suhaib had concocted to throw the opposition. With Sangamesh opening at one end with the wind at his back the ball was thrown to Kamal to open the bowling for the first time in his illustrious Whalers career. Both started with looseners which were dispatched but in his second over Sangamesh hit his stride and turned the game in two balls bowling the Clapham numbers 1 and 3 in consecutive balls with fantastic full length deliveries. Kamal then bowled the other opener with one that drifted in the wind and Whalers were certainly on top. 

Sangamesh thought he had his third with an LBW successfully given before DRS intervened and after a lengthy discussion a claim of an inside edge was upheld. Fortunately, his third wicket came shortly after when Paul M took a slow motion diving catch at square leg and managed to stand up afterwards. 

Dan soon replaced Sangamesh and took a wicket first ball whilst Kamal continued uninterrupted at the “building site” end. As the Clapham tail started to wag Kamal took two identical wickets with the classic full toss on leg stump and being caught by Dan at fine leg tactics. Dan soon copied this by bowling a series of looseners and leg side deliveries before a straight one confused the batsmen.  After Kamal’s gargantuan effort of a straight 7 over spell Arpit came on to wrap up the tail with some sharp bowling into the wind. After joining the looseners club he took two wickets including a successful LBW before bowling the final wicket which saw Clapham all out for 91.

The only dampener on a great result was the fact the bar had shut by the time we finished.

Final Scores:

Whalers – 267-6 off 35 overs (Fraser 82, Kishan 77*)

Clapham Inn – 91 all out off 21.2 overs. (Sangamesh 3-11, Kamal 3-33)

Whalers win by 176 runs.

Man of the Match – Fraser for a fine innings of 82 runs

Champagne Moment – Sangamesh’s two wickets in two balls at the start of the Clapham innings.

Muppet Moment – Suhaib for setting the pitch up on a junior wicket.

Match Report by Paul Mildon

Middle Order Hot Streak Downs the Itinerants

Whalers CC vs London Itinerants, 11th June 2022, Barnes Common CC Ground

A very warm and hot day saw Russell ,with 8 Whalers assemble and ready to take on a 10 Man Itinerant  Team. Sensibly the captains agreed to a 30 over game and the losing tosser got to field first.

Russell choose Sangamesh to open and he got the Whalers off to a tight start with a magnificent Maiden.!! Vish got to open at the other end plus in his second over got their opener caught for 14  scored and Whalers were on their Way. Sangamesh then followed up- with a beautiful ball in his 3rd over and bowled their second Bat. With overs being restricted keeping the scoring rate down was also an effective tactic. 

After 6 overs the oppo  score was  32-2 .Rohan our debutant calmly stated that he fancied a bowl at first change and soon got his wish and his accuracy was rewarded with just 7 runs off 2 overs. Saurabh was rewarded with a wicket off his first Ball and the Itinerants were struggling 3 down and their top scorer so far had departed on 26. Nevertheless their number 6 had other ideas. Saurabh was only given 3 overs as he couldn’t quite strangle their batsman down but did get to bowl another batsman going for his shots and finished 2-25.

 Russell was trying to rotate the bowlers bought himself on and his second over disappeared for 17 runs. Rohan first 4 overs was only at 17 runs in total with his pace and accuracy he had also bowled their number 7. After Drinks more tight overs were needed but Batsman number 6 was in the mood and was pulling and driving at will to good balls. Russell Departed with 4 overs going for 46. Arpit had the challenge of stemming the runs. Rohan had bowled himself out with a creditable 6 overs going for  2-28. The Openers had to be bought back in . Batsmen number 6 second half innings went even quicker with 2 more 4’s an d 2 more sixes bringing up a brutal ton and hence his retirement, He was dropped twice in the 80’s one of them by Our captain and a spectacular juggler by Saurabh. More sloppy fielding meant the Intinerants finished their 30 overs at 216 for 7.

The Whalers Reply got off to a quick start with Will hitting 4 fours and a couple of singles but he didn’t quite hit the ball through with a follow throu  and was easily caught for 18. With the Wind picking up and some now cloud cover Amit was bowled by Nish after 4   balls for a Duck and Roland went the same way to Nish with an outswinger for a nice looking 8! It was 28-3 

Rohan was in at 4 and was hitting the second change bowlers nicely with Roland’s bat . Arpit started slowly but also got into anything loose and hitting through the ball as well with anything pitched up at the Stumps as well,,. Rohan missed a straight one and was given LBW and Whalers were 4 down with only 98 on the board. This Bought the Mighty Sangamesh to the crease and with a few wickets left a win looked well off. However, the Bowlers grew a little tired in the heat and Sangamesh also took a likely to some classic pulls and driving and was putting pressure on the field with easy singles as well. Arpit got to his fifty first a much rememberable hit for those that witnessed it. But the match swung back again with Nish having been bought back on Bowled Arpit for a classy 65 and Nish had 3 wickets all bowled for 24 runs. The Whalers 5th Wicket Stand was for a sold 79 runs, 

Vishal  With Some careful defence and strike rotation gave the strike as much as possible left the Hitting to Sangamesh who bough up his 50 and guided the Whalers home to 218. Yes 218 as Will had slightly cocked up the scoring !!!!

A great Game played with friendly camaraderie and some excellent all over cricket.

Fine of the Day – Russell Losing Tosser, Dropping their Number 6 and some Buffet Bowling- Not to mention Slightly hungover  

Man of the Match –  Sangamesh 59 not out and 3-29

Muppet Moment – Arpit not bringing a BAT out to bat and should have been timed out!!!

Champagne Moment – Arpit for his lovely hit 6 – The Only one of the Whalers Innings 

Honourable Mention – Roland’s Bat = Never seen so many runs played off it in one day having nbeen shared around but a few off out players 

Match Report by Roland Hogg

Rohan breaks the bank down South

Whalers CC vs Southbank CC, 18 June 2023

After the usual faff involving the kitbag which was somewhere in Surrey, and another last-minute non-cricket-related sports injury, the Whalers gathered at what is now the Dulwich Sports Trust ground on Turney Road. This was an opportunity for some of the older Whalers to remininisce about how this used to be our original London home ground – it was even where your correspondent scored their first (and realistically, only) Whalers century some 20+ years ago. Back then, I’m not sure we used Excel as the way to set out the day’s tactics, but anyway…

Amit K was today’s captain, and after a bit of a chat with the oppo and a “non-toss”, we had agreed to field on the grounds that two of the opposition had been delayed on the way to the ground. Someone then noticed that we also were two short as neither Bilal or Nirmal had arrived yet either, but by then it was too late and we were ready to start bowling. Nirmal arrived just in time for the first ball and then spent the next couple of hours gradually putting on more and more cricket kit. Bilal had a more leisurely change under a tree, not realising the chaos this would cause for the captain’s spreadsheet which had him opening the bowling…

Sangamesh and Bilal (eventually) opened the bowling on a bouncy pitch where the odd one popped up. Both of them bowled pretty well but one of the their openers in particular was quick to hit anything loose to the boundary, helped by quite a few early Whalers misfields. Dan and Nirmal came on first change, and Nirmal eventually got the breakthrough when their opener top-edged a pull shot to Dan at fine leg. This was just a couple of minutes after a fielder had been moved to deep square leg and then dropped the very next ball. Relief all round, although Southbank were off to a pretty quick start.

Their number three also looked pretty handy, although he also benefited from some Whalers generosity when Sangamesh tried to catch a dolly with his face rather than his hands. The day’s champagne moment followed when Nirmal took an excellent catch in his follow-through to get rid of the other opener, and at drinks they were 90-ish for 2 and the game was fairly evenly poised. Their number three then accelerated after drinks, before Nirmal took another catch off Saurabh to get rid of him for 68. Russell got the next wicket, but by now Southbank were well-placed for an imposing total. However, they didn’t get there thanks to Rohan who bowled an excellent spell to take 5-15 from four overs, with double hat-trick avoidance (two wickets in two balls, twice).

Southbank 198 all out (Rohan 5-15, Nirmal 2-27, Geoff 3 catches)

By now it was raining gently so the Whalers were glad to scarper inside for a traditional cricket tea and watch England lose a couple of wickets. The weather forecast was looking a bit iffy so we were keen to get on with things again post-tea. What followed next was a bit like watching the King’s Coronation all over again, as no fewer than three other Whalers helped Arpit pad up – wrapping the thighpad around him, adjusting his helmet, checking he was wearing a box this week…

Eventually Will and Arpit strode to the middle. The Southbank openers were fast and accurate, and again the odd one popped off a length. Will managed to get hit in the chest and break one of the club bats, all before getting caught in the covers for 1. Arpit went the same way for 24 after some excellent shots (and less excellent running). This brought together Amit and Geoff, who both had a couple of sweet hits. With the weather looming, Amit was caught for 23 but it then started to rain properly and that was game over. 

Whalers 66-3 from 13 overs (Arpit 24, Amit 23, Geoff 17*)

Match drawn

Overall a pretty even game which was nicely poised, although we would have helped ourselves if we’d taken some of the early catches! Duckworth-Lewis had us roughly level until Amit’s wicket (prompting a fines committee debate about whether the skipper could be fined for “losing the game” or just for failing to understand enough spreadsheets).

Man of the match was clearly Rohan for his excellent bowling

Champagne moment was Nirmal’s smart caught-and-bowled

Muppet moment was very hotly contested, but eventually went to Arpit’s “King Charles experience” when padding up, with Sangamesh attempting to catch it with his face a close second.

Match Report by Dan Osgood