Whalers out beavered in the dark

Whalers vs Battersea Beavers (T20)

29th July 2015 (Barnes Common)

Whalers lost by 10 runs

The Whalers began to mass at Barnes Rail for the prompt start at 6 as rain began to fall. The captain went looking for flags and stumps at the local clubhouse but returned empty handed. The executive decision to use Whalers kit as boundary markers drew some mirth from onlookers. Prior to the start of play no-one would have thought we would need 9-10 balls to get through the game. Unfortunately that was the case. 2 pink, 2 white and 4-5 red balls falling victim to the Barnes common undergrowth and dying light. Channa losing the toss decided to open the bowling…Dario a late arrival joined the team as bowling got under way.

The skipper sacrificed his shoes to allow one of many “muppet” contenders, Nick the chance to bowl. His flip flops (thongs for those bilingual), facial hair and absent mind symptomatic of a teacher during the summer. The Beavers came out hard hitting a number of 4s off Howes. Jack started at the other end with a maiden first over. After 5 overs the run rate was at a hefty pace before Nick induced a caught behind to Dan to remove the dangerous opener. Jiff was introduced and with his short run up speed bowling ensuring the Whale would not be accused of ‘slow play’ peppered the batsman with some tight bowling. Kamal replaced Jack from the other end and took a couple of very needed wickets including an LBW, finishing on 2 for 27 off 3. Jiff continued to bowl well controversially claiming a stumping to Dan…there is still some debate as to the difference between a stumping and a run out. Gilo was by far the stand out bowler as his figures of 4 wickets off 3 overs for 18 will attest. He also claimed a very good run out putting pressure on the Beavers run rate. Pete bowled courageously finishing at 0 for 30 off 2 overs, and Nick came back on to claim another wicket caught and bowled finishing 2 for 28 off 4. With 5 dropped catches (3 to the skipper; Channa, 1 to Pete and 1 to Kamal), the Whalers have definitely bowled and fielded better and would need to bat very well to chase 173.

Al sporting his good luck headband and Pip came out to bat and did a good job of scoring runs. Both looked very settled scoring 4s freely getting the Whale up to around 75 off 8 overs. A classic Whalers collapse would however ensue. Both Al and Pip holed out (Al finished on 39 and Pip finishing on 31) in consecutive balls bringing Dan to the crease…he departed quickly being bowled for a ‘golden duck’ (Dan debuting for the inaugural ‘most ducks of the season’ award). Pete although not directly part of the hatrick this time can claim to have played in all 3 of the hatricks of hatricks against the Whale this season further reinforcing his title of the ‘Jonah’ award. There is some speculation that perhaps his aura has had an effect on the Whales scorecard.

Channa came in and steadied the ship playing some nice strokes. Jiff hit a huge 6 (the ball perhaps landing on the railway line behind the common) and then proceeded to play the same shot…missing…head in clouds…bowled..departing for 7. Dario came and went also for 7 run out. This introduced Gilo to the centre. The good friendship between Channa and Giko built a strong partnership before their comradery was brought into question as ironically poor communication resulted in another run out…Channa out for 24. Pete came out and injured his shoulder playing a shot and retired promptly. Nick came out and added to the suicide run outs for 2. This left Kamal and Gilo the task of scoring 24 runs off the last over to win. Gilo’s no ball 6 left the Whale searching for 11 off the last 3 balls before getting out and ending the game


Man of the Match – Rich Giles 30, 3 overs 4 for 18.

Champagne – Geoff’s huge 6.

Muppet moments – Channa for 3 dropped catches, losing the toss, losing as captain, poor running between wickets and failing to bring an extra pair of cricket shoes for his fellow cricketers…amongst a plethora of reasons

(Honourable mentions) – Pete’s Jonah award inducing a hatrick of hatricks against the Whale.

  • Dan’s golden duck completing the hatrick.
  • Nick for forgetting his cricket shoes.