Whalers vs Isleworth Wanderers; King’s House Sports Ground; Sunday 18th June 2017
A combination of Fathers Day, the Champions trophy final and temperatures pushing past 30 degrees could not stop the Whalers XI making their ways to King’s House to play Isleworth Wanderers.
Winning the toss it was a grateful Whalers team taking the chance to bat, relax in the shade and let Isleworth toil in the field. Joe, dressed for the occasion in shorts due to “lending his whites to a friend for a stag do” and Dean opened up against a solid pair of opening bowlers. Dean watchful and picking up singles alongside one huge six and Joe offering a little catching practice between boundaries. For 9 overs and 41 runs all was well and multiple appeals for LB, run out and caught behind had been ignored but then Joe was given LBW (a little chuntering suggesting it may have been harsh) and Josh being yorked by a good ball first up.
In came Captain Stu to steady the ship and just needed nothing controversial to happen. Dean then pushed a ball round the corner to leg slip via the ground, cue another appeal and after an unprecedented conversation between umpires (Dan and Will) he was given out with disregard for the bump ball. Stu quickly followed giving catching practice to point and leaving us 65-4 at drinks. Isleworth continued to bowl well and It was left to Mark and Pete to push the score along past 100, Mark taking a little time to find his range, accurately placing the ball in the air between fielders before falling for a well made 20 and Pete almost walking for his own LBW for 34 (telling the umpire it was plum made the decision easier). The tail gave a little wag with Jiff, Paul and Dan hitting a few boundaries but all ending up being caught and even Kamal got to bat for average and 1 not out making the final score 151 – something to bowl at least.
During tea we saw India failing in their run chase against Pakistan and hoped this may inspire the Whalers. By this stage Joe had a new pair of trousers delivered which he decided not to wear and the bowling opened up by mixing youth and “experience” with Will and Paul. Both picked up early wickets with Dean and Stu taking catches to put Isleworth at 8-2 but this brought Sunny and Kishan to the crease and a combination of aggressive batting and good placements kept the scoreboard ticking over. Josh on the deep mid-wicket boundary was in constant action which must have had some reaction as after the drinks break we restarted a player short as he was requiring an urgent comfort break. Jiff, Kamal, Dan and Pete all tried to break the deadlock but even the tried and tested wide, wide, longhop trap was not working.
With 7 overs remaining and 6 required Will was given one last chance and as Kishan launched the ball to the long on boundary we thought that was game over and we all looking forward to a beer. However Dan had other ideas taking a stunning one handed on the run with a least one juggle and celebrating like a veteran Alan Shearer with the other arm. Whilst only prolonging the inevitable it was a great catch. Isleworth made it home with 152-3 after 29 overs.
Man off the Match – clearly the weather was the winner on the day.
Champagne Moment – Dan’s great catch
Muppet Moment – Joe forgetting trousers