Thanks to some excellent recruitment work by Stu in the staff common room, we had a typically well-balanced Whalers team (with no less than 9 bowlers) for what is usually one of our toughest games of the season, against Cricketers.
Having won the toss, Dan (controversially) decided to bowl first and (even more controversially) had agreed to a 40-overs game. When the first over disappeared for 11, the Whalers team thermometer was set to “long hot day in the field”. However, Jack’s first ball (uphill, into the wind) was a rank wide full toss, for which he’d already apologised by the time it reached the batsman. Who promptly slapped it to Ryan in the gully, where he pouched a very smart catch which set the tone for an excellent day in the field. A few balls later, Geoff took another catch off Jack, and when Khalil clean-bowled their number 4 and Dan got another wicket caught behind by Rob, the Cricketers were four down for about 40 and needing to rebuild.
Tight bowling kept a lid on things until drinks, but we needed to break their partnership and eventually Geoff got one of them caught and bowled. However, their opener had scored the bulk of the runs and was looking well-set. Cometh the hour cometh the man etc, and Paul Luckett’s first legitimate ball was edged into Rob’s crotch, eventually finding its way into his gloves. But despite another https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-en-ligne-en-france/ wicket for Jack, the Cricketers clearly batted very deep and some big hitting in the last overs saw them to a good total of 207-7 from their 40 (yes, 40) overs.
In reply, Rich and Stu got things going, and in a very un-Whalers-like fashion we were soon ticking along at the required run-rate with very few chances given, and with both batsmen displaying their full range of shots. By drinks we’d put on a century partnership. However, the slower pace of the Cricketers 5th bowler soon caused panic in the ranks: Rich and Stu were both out shortly after passing 50, and when Dario was LBW we’d lost three wickets for not very much and the game was back in the balance. However, neither Rob nor Geoff was in the mood to hang around, and some excellent clean hitting saw us to the point of victory. With two runs needed, Rob was caught for 42 and – for the second time in the day – enter the Dragon Slayer, who chipped his second ball over the fielders and the Whalers had won.
Overall, an excellent team performance to limit the Cricketers on a good track, and well-paced batting. Jack got man of the match for his bowling (3-19 from 8), and muppet / champagne moment went to Jack for his wicket with dross and to Ryan for his catch.
Cricketers: 207-7 from 40 (yes, 40) overs (Jack 3-19)
Whalers: 208-4 from 35.5 overs (Rich 52, Stu 52, Geoff 43*, Rob 42)