Lacklustre Whalers fall short against Village CC

Whalers CC vs Village CC (Saturday 6th August 2016) Report by N. Howes

Lacklustre Whalers fall short against Village CC

On a glorious Saturday at Kings House, the Whalers fell short by 67 runs after  Village CC had made 187 for 6 from 35 overs. Village CC backing up last years convincing win against the Whalers but this time on the Whalers home turf.

At the start of the week, we had 13…somehow this plummeted down to 9…Gilo emailed to say he was injured so went back to 8…  then we went back up to 11 thanks to Jack and his friends…Pip texted on  Saturday  morning….”I’ve come down with a virus”…bugger we’re down to 10…quick text to Jack “you are in luck – one more onboard”… back up to 11. Cheers Jack for the support! Can I also add that Dan, Al and Dario have been fantastic throughout the year largely organising our team and fixtures…often a thankless task and without whom the Whalers would struggle to get a game. Sincerely cheers gents!

Perhaps the ominously fluctuating numbers should have been taken as an omen for the game ahead.  Moreover Dan had confessed to me during the week that Village CC were undefeated after he checked  their website. Psychologically this may have permeated the skippers mind as there was a definite lack of energy in the field, bowling and batting throughout the game.

We met as usual at 12.30 eager for a competitive game. Fielding a strong team including 2 Kiwis and 2 Aussies… the skipper was full confidence but was wary of the strength of the opposition. “I’ve been rear ended!!” announced JT as he arrived explaining his unfortunate journey to the ground. Now fielding  a rear ended injured Kiwi and missing Khalil, the skipper lost the toss, forgot to make an inspiring speech and the Whalers went out to bowl perhaps lacking focus.

Khalil finally made an appearance and Jack and Dan opened the bowling. Both bowled well with Ed putting down a difficult chance of the bowling of Jack early on. Dan battling an injury from a previous week gallantly bowled on before he decided to take himself off. Village chanced their bats and the runs started to flow. The first wicket surprisingly came from a 4 person team runout induced by Jiff after the Village openers made some mistakes calling between the wickets. Kamal put in a short spell and was unlucky to be taken off early before Nick and Khalil briefly stemmed the scoring. Nick picked up the wicket of the number 3 inducing him to play on to his stumps then was unlucky to not get the number 4, Dan putting down a difficult chance in slips. Pat came on post drinks and took two good wickets..the pick of which was bowling the batsman around his legs. He was on a hatrick but was unsuccessful and then pulled his hamstring. Charlie came on to bowl his only over. He took a good wicket confusing the batsman and the rest of the Whalers in between  his deceptive wides and no balls. Jiff, Dan and Jack finished off the bowling trying to restrict the villagers decent batsman. The pick of the bowling was Khalil, economically bowling 7 overs , 1 maiden 0 for 20; Jack 7 overs 0 for 27; Nick 7 overs 2 for 32 and Pat 3 overs (injured) 2 for 14. Special mention to Ed for doing a great job behind the stumps. Also the Cuban ball magnet fielding on the boundary with some zest. However, collectively a number of dropped catches, and poor fielding throughout the game provingly costly as the Village CC finished 6 for 186.

“So who fancies opening” queried the skipper to stunned silence over lunch. Dan and Joe eventually putting their hands up to have a crack despite a lack of conviction from the skipper. Joe played some nice shots and was looking good with 2 fine 4s before being yorked by a cracking ball from the opposition skipper. Ed came out and tried to get himself in but the pace of Nick from the villagers proved too much being caught behind for 3. Dan battled but  was unlucky to pick out the only fielder caught at deep mid wicket for 13. JT,Jiff and Khalil similarly tried posting the highest scores of 22, 20 and 19 amongst the Whalers. Charlie, Nick, Kamal and Pat went cheaply. Nick after castigating Jiffs poor stroke selection promptly went out in exactly the same way and headed quickly to the showers to avoid the smirking G.Judd (definitely deserving muppet moment of the match). Jack offered some resistance and was not out for 18. The unfortunate Whalers falling 67 runs short. Every cloud has a silver lining as both teams headed to the bar….early…to have a couple of beers in the nice weather.

Champagne moment – Pat bowling batsman around his legs…giving himself and opportunity for a hatrick but narrowly missing.

Least worst performance – Unfortunately no-one. The weather was the man of the match.

Muppet – Dan picking out the only leg side fielder to be caught on the boundary.

               – Nick for berating Jiffs cheap dismissal and then promptly replicating the same shot a couple of overs later.