President’s XI continue winning run

Whalers Captain XI Vs President’s XI – 8th August 2015

After a seasons hiatus the Captains XI v President’s XI was back for its 6th outing. It was a fine Saturday morning when the team gathered at Kings house to pay homage to the gods of Cricket. A fruitful ashes series had got the team fired up and the Whalers pavilions were erected with much mirth. Owing to late injuries we were down to 21 men but as the sorting hat spoke it’s piece it soon became apparent that the president had the stronger batting line-up and the captains’ (headed by Channa) had the stronger bowling line-up.

After losing the vital toss captain Channa saw the president make the all-important decision to bat first.

First to the crease was Pip English and JT. The captain’s side got the early breakthrough when ‘one-game-a-season’ Gould dashed in with some sharp fielding removing both openers with two good run outs. This brought ‘one-game-a-season’ Emmerson and ‘daddy’ Albery to the crease. The Captains bowling was sharp but both batsmen soon got into a rhythm, i.e. Toby hitting the ball for four and Kev rotating the strike to Toby. Toby retired after a well-made 50, leaving the President’s cruising at 106 for 2 from 19. A few overs later Both Dickenson and replacement Richard Dawson were back in the pavilion courtesy of wickets from Giles and Terrell. Paul Mildon, next in, steadied the ship, helping Albery to his 50 in fine style. Reuben Mildon, in his first match for the Whale replaced the retired Albery (who promptly had to change a nappy). Reuben will go down in the history books as the first Whalers colt, though as pointed out by Giles it wouldn’t be the first father son paring at a Whalers Fixture (see English and English Vs Judd St Tigers circa 2013).

Reuben faced down some furious bowling from Gould making a fine pairing with Mildon Snr before Gould made the break through, removing the young colt with a nasty in swinging yorker. The presidents were in a good position with 162 for 5 from 27. Lucas was next to the crease and together with Mildon took the president’s XI to 190 from 31 before Lucas was bowled by an injury free Nicholls and Mildon bowled for a decent 24 of Howes. The president called Toby Emmerson back into the fray to support Luckett, who had started to smack the ball around. Luckett was eventually caught behind, bringing Albery back to the crease. With just two overs left the captains XI battened down the hatches, however it wasn’t enough with the last three overs going for 33 runs. The president’s XI had posted a very respectable 229 for 8 of 35, with Albery not out on 60 and Emmerson not out for 67. Pick of the bowlers for the presidents was certainly not Channa, however Nick had picked up two for 18 from 6 overs.

By this point a substantial crowd had gathered to watch the game. The number over attendees has recently seen an upward surge with the introduction of a dozen new mini whales (or whalies if you like). Much mingling and fun was had by all, while the music blared haphazardly in the background.

The entries into this year’s Cake Competition were as excellent as always. Madam president getting an honourable mention for her jammy scones and Mrs Terrell winning the coveted best cake prize for her cricket ball cake.

Back to the cricket as the Captains XI took to the field. Terrell and Nicholls opened the game, knowing they needed 6.5 runs an over. Matt Lucas and Paul Luckett opened the bowling a well-conceived plan that yielded a result in the second over; when Nicholls was caught behind of Luckett’s bowling (much to the latter’s delight  and the formers utter dismay). Gould next in helped stead the ship and it wasn’t till the 9th over and the bowling change that Terrell was caught by Luckett for 12. 62 for 2 of 9.

Peacock and Kirkness came and went with Pip picking up his second and Paul Mildon his first. The ship was rolling at 73 for 4 of 13. Giles was next to the crease and thus followed a period of rebuilding. The run rate improved drastically as Gould got to his Fifty and retired much to the delight of the President’s XI. Replacement Dan, sent to build on his excellent season was caught by Luckett of the President’s bowling, with Gilo following soon after (stumped of The presidents bowling) for 29. Channa followed thanks to a some medium pace from Pip and the Captains XI were once again struggling on 171 for 7 from 27. Geoff and Nick came in and didn’t hang around, pounding the bowling all around the ground. It was Nick who fell first, with an excellent 23 to his name leaving the Captains XI on a very healthy looking 216 of 31 overs. With four overs left and 10 runs needed it was suddenly looking all the more possible. Back in came Gouldy. Unfortunately Geoff, who was on a fantastic 41, was out in the next over after missing a straight one of Kev. 218 for 9 (playing with 10) needing 7 runs of 2 overs to win the game. Was it going to happen after all? In short no. Gouldy was out a few balls later. Final score was 220 of 34 overs, a close tense match that could have gone either way.

The game was followed by an excellent night out, beers and fun galore. Awards were presented to bowler of the day Nick Howes for his 2 for 18 of 6 and best batsman went to Toby for his 67 not out.

Bring on next year!