Salix CC vs Whalers CC; Harlington; Sunday July 18th 2016
The final part of the 2016 Salix V Whalers series was hosted at Harlington. For the second week running Whalers arrived with only 8 players! Thanks to Salix CC for lending us two cricketers and one American who needed the game explaining to him.
The pitch looked to be a batting paradise and Whalers got off to a fantastic start with Will and Sandy putting on 70 in just 7 overs. 350 was the target from this. After a mix up with the batsman, Sandy was run out for 23. This was the start of the Whalers collapse with Kev holding up his end and watching the wickets fall at the other. A collapse of 41-6 got Salix straight back into the game. In came Geoff (23) who played some fantastic shots along with Kev starting to find the boundaries for a great 76. An unbelievable start, a poor 15 overs and a strong finish, set the Salix 213 to win.
The Whalers nearly had the dream start with a great first ball of the innings being dropped behind, this then led to the batsman hitting a straight dive for what should have been just a single but somehow the Whalers ‘ringer’ kicking the ball about 20 metres for four – catching the attention of QPR’s manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who then decided to watch the next few overs.
Some tight bowling in the first 17 overs kept Salix to 82 for 3 at drinks, with two wickets for Peter and one for Dan. After drinks saw some good bowling from Matt, keeping Salix behind the run rate. A strong 71 from Salix’s opener gave them a chance however after his dismissal, Whalers looked on top until two fielders left, leaving us to field with 9. This gave Salix the chance to find gaps and what should have been 1’s were now 4’s. Khalil bowled a great last spell but with just 9 fielders, 7 an over was too easy and Salix cruised home to a 4 wicket victory in the last over.
Another good all round performance from the Whalers but with some bad luck in the last 10 overs. Whalers take the series 2-1.
Salix CC 212 -8 (35 overs)
Whalers CC 213-6 (34.4 overs)
Salix win by 4 wickets
Man of the Match: Kevin Albery
Champagne: Will’s massive six in the second over
Muppet: Geoff’s throw (whilst bowling!) for 5 wides!