Whalers vs Judd St Tigers (Winchmore Hill Sports Ground)
Sunday August 14th 2016
Report by N. Howes
Excuse the cliché but what a difference a week can make in cricket. The Whalers turned around last weekends disappointing defeat by beating Judd St Tigers comfortably on Sunday. Judd St were kept to a score of 134 off 35 overs due to tight bowling from Dan, Khalil, Kamal, Jack, and Nick. In reply the Whalers comfortably reached 135 in 19 overs. The stand out batsmen being Ross 58, Kev 25, Channa 12 and Al 13.
The Whalers converged on Winchmore Hill from all parts of London for their annual North London clash against the Judd St Tigers. Most arrived on time and managed to watch some play of the Day 4 England v Pakistan. As they calmly sat around discussing the Olympics and the weeks events, the skipper decided to break the relaxed ambience by stating it might be a good idea to get changed and get play started. Eager to get the upper hand the skipper inspected the pitch with the opposition captain and then promptly lost the toss..we were bowling first. Eager to be more energetic and cohesive the Whalers under the direction of the skipper got some catching practice in, got a feel for the pitch and oval and were good to go. However to everyones surprise and the skippers muppet demise it was soon discovered we were practicing on the incorrect ground. We subsequently moved kit and bags to the correct ground,de ja vu cue more catching practice, the clouds parted, the sun beamed down and play was started.
Judd St came out firing scoring some nice fours off Khalils first over. Khalil followed up with tight bowling for consecutive overs unlucky not to have taken wickets. Nick tempted the opening batsman from the clubhouse end with combinations of some aggressive bouncers and good line and length. In over 3 he bowled a yorker removing the middle stump clear out of the ground..following this he managed to induce the other opener to hole out to Luke in midwicket. He finished his spell with 2 maidens 2 for 26 off 7 overs. Jack came on to replace Khalil and was unlucky not to claim the wicket of batsman number 3 Kev putting down a difficult chance behind the stumps. Kev made amends later on catching Wright off Jacks bowling.
Kamal replaced Nick and bowled easily his best spell for the season. He took 3 wickets for 18 off 7 overs with 1 maiden. Special was unlucky not to get 4 wickets as Nick put down an easy chance. The pick of his wickets included bowling the Judd St batsman around his legs, for which he won ‘champagne moment’, and removing the dangerous Johnson confusing the batsman with flight and spin into holing out to Dan. Osgood came on to remove some of the rest of the batsman aggressively bowling with pace an purpose. He finished on 6 over, 2 maiden 2 for 15, the pick of which was removing the off stump clear from the ground for batsman number 7. It should be noted that the skipper showed a lot of conviction with his field placements and was very vocal in firing up the Whale into an outstanding bowling and fielding performance.
With that in mind however Ross was asked to come on to bowl by the skipper. After bowling a great maiden, the skipper claiming that “it was all in his head” realised he had made a mistake in calculating the order of the bowlers. After great confusion to the bowlers and the rest of the Whalers, it was decided that Khalil and Jack would finish off the last 5 overs. Jack finishing 7 overs 1 for 35 and Khalil, 7 overs 0 for 25. Ross was unlucky not to continue with his bowling (evidently numeracy isn’t the skippers strong point). With some late resistance from the Judd st Tigers, the Whalers managed to restrict the scoring to 134.
Unlike last week their was fortuitously a number of established batsman to choose from. Post lunch, Ross and Will opened the batting and initially found the bowling of Mike difficult to contend with. Will after some promising strokes got out caught behind. Al came in and steadied the ship making numerous singles. This allowed Ross to get his eye in and eventually bludgeon the odd ball increasing the scoring rapidly. Al looked good and was very unlucky to be caught after middling the ball to midwicket. This enabled North London’s own Kev Albery to come to the crease. The partnership of Ross and Kev rapidly increased the Whalers score. Both hit some nice 6s, the pick of which were Ross’s straight drive down the ground clearing the clubhouse and a great 6 over backward point. They similarly hit numerous 4s and singles and on the approach of drinks the Whalers only needed 14 runs to win. Ross sped past his 50 and in enacting his inner Nostrodamus speculated he would either get out or retire. It was the former being bowled by the Judd Sts opening bowler out for 58. Drinks were had
The skipper approached the middle with blind optimism. He previously had entertained all with tips of his pre-season batting lesson at the Oval. Surprisingly in not following his own advice the skipper electing not to play the traditional block and get your eye in approach, hit 3 4s before mistiming a shot to be caught mid on. Luke came on with 3 runs needed but promptly got caught behind surprising Osgood into rushing to get his pads and gloves on and finally hit the winning runs. Albery, a local, calmly supported the batting line up and was not out 25. Ross deservedly winning the man of the match for his great batting and bowling.
NB: Special thanks to Lou and Kev for hosting a great relaxing BBQ dinner in their backyard garden post game. In attendance Kamal, Al, Nick and Channa got to see the strength of future Whaling lineups as a happy and healthy Milo entertained all with his hand eye coordination. They have however set a dangerous precedent for future returning games at Winchmore Hill!
Man of the match – Ross (honourable mention to Kamal’s bowling)
Champagne – Kamal bowling someone around his legs.
Muppet – Channa losing the toss, electing the wrong pitch to play on and confusing bowlers number 1 and 3.
Honourable mention to Nick’s dropped catch off Kamal’s bowling.
Some pictures from the day: