Whalers CC vs Cricketers CC; King’s House Sports Ground; 10th June 2017
On a bright, sunny and windy afternoon 10 Whalers assembled for our annual home match against tough opponents Cricketers. The assembling was a bit haphazard as the skipper (yours truly) was 20 minutes late with several others later still. After a confusing toss (blame the skipper for this one too) the Whalers were batting on a good looking strip.
Against some accurate bowling the Whalers made a tentative start and found themselves 37/3 after 13 overs, the game may have turned shortly after when Dean slapped a regulation catch to mid off only to be reprieved by a bad drop, after which Dean went on the attack (including one straight six into the scoreboard), and well supported firstly by Pip and then Mark D, Dean started to dominate passing first 50 and then 100, eventually finishing on an impressive 120no form a Whalers total of 186/4. Although a good recovery this seemed like a par score on a good pitch.
After tea the Whalers took to the field, Jack opened up with three full tosses… a masterstroke as it turned out as the third one was sliced high into the air, the skipper took the catch and the Whalers were away, exceptional bowling, particularly by Nick (4/13) and fielding soon had the Cricketers at 18/5 and the Whalers change bowlers (Kamal/Andrew) continued to turn the screws. Perfect catching for the day and a rare Whalers stumping soon had the Opposition all out for 78, all the bowlers taking wickets well supported by a top fielding effort.
It was noted by some that it was nice that some Aussies had cricketing success on the same day as England were knocking Australia out of the Champions trophy….
All in all an excellent win over tough opposition who were gracious in defeat.
Whalers win by 108 runs
Mom – Dean, 120no, honourable mention to Nick, 4/13
Champagne moment – Deans six down the ground into the scoreboard
Muppet – Sam signalling a wide that then wasn’t given