Whalers Magnificent 7th

Whalers CC versus Clapham In CC

Sunday 7th June 2015; King’s House Sports Ground

Whalers win by 91 runs

The Whalers reconvened from their successful French adventures on more familiar turf at King’s House. The weather was more Riviera style as for most of the day the ground was bathed in glorious sunshine. Early week squad numbers suggested 15 available but come Friday this was down to 10 until Channa was cleared to play on medical advice with the proviso he didn’t bowl, no doubt making no difference at all to Captain Osgood’s game plan. The toss plan went all awry though as Dan first didn’t have a coin, second wasn’t happy with the coin, and then the opposition skipper clean forgot to call. When the faff was resolved we were batting in a 40 over game.

On the basis that they were more batting allrounders than bowling allrounders Al, Ross and Channa were selected as the top 3, and the batsmen made a brisk start. Al played on for 8, but after giving an early chance Ross played aggressively including 3 sixes in his quickfire 52. Meanwhile Channa was even including some leaves in his innings and with Dan joining him at 4 Whalers were well placed at drinks on 97-2 off 20.

The middle order couldn’t quite keep the same pace and wickets began to fall under pressure of accurate bowling and consistent out fielding. Dan fell for 15, Channa 31, and JT for a duck. When Paul Mildon (the first of 3 Paul’s in the team) was run out without scoring after a ‘mix-up’ with Paul number 2 Clappinson Whalers were in some trouble at 132-6. However Paul C (42*) and Geoff (38) batted well first consolidating and then playing some impressive shots. A mighty 50 runs were plundered from the last 4 overs including a season best 1* from the DragonSlayer lifting the Whalers to an above par 214-7.

After tea Matt Lucas was presented with a cap to celebrate his 100th game for the Whalers – the eighth Whaler to pass this landmark. Opening the bowling was Khalil and Paul Mildon. Both bowled well and made breakthroughs in their initial spells – Dan snaffling a fine caught behind off Khalil and Paul clean bowling the oppo number 3. The Whalers worked hard in the field, but several catches went down as Clapham In moved along to 66-2. However a double breakthrough in the 16th over moved the game to the Whalers favour with a well executed run out by Matt and Dan, followed up by Geoff cutting one back in to remove skipper Frecknall for a duck.

As the rate climbed Whalers made regular in-roads into the Clapham In lower order, including a fine low catch from Paul Mildon off JT’s bowling to dismiss top scorer Ferreira for 42. After two wickets in 2 balls from Matt (although disappointingly for Geoff no opportunity to carry the hatrick ball between games) the end was nigh at 96-9. However some solid batting plus some disappointing fielding from the Whalers delayed the denouement for 7 overs until Khalil was brought back to finish the job off which he duly completed with his first ball.

Overall a fine victory – a margin of 91 runs didn’t really reflect two well matched teams. A game played in the right spirit with Clapham also timing their joining of the fines session well to remind us about Dan’s toss that wasn’t. Contributions from all team members had resulted in a record equalling seventh consecutive win for the Whalers, celebrated with a few beers in the evening sunshine. Happy days.

MOM: Geoff Judd for 38 and 2-12

Champagne: Paul M’s catch off JT to dismiss their highest scorer

Muppet: Plenty of choices in the fielding category, but ultimately unanimously awarded to JT for when he not only misfielded but also in the same move managed to kick the ball faster towards the boundary.