All round contributions seal close victory

Whalers CC vs Clapham Inn CC: Saturday 2nd June 2018; King’s House Sports Ground
On a sunny Saturday afternoon Whalers gathered for our annual match with Clapham Inn which has always proved to be a good battle, and this game proved no different. The Whalers 11 featured Amit on Whalers debut and 4 other season debuts, Josh, JT making a long awaited return and our friends from Cairns Fudge, Andrew and Marcos helping us out again.
After winning the toss (for the first time this year!) Will opted to bat on another good looking Kings house pitch. Dean and Marcos opened up with a fast start while the opening bowlers were finding their length but once they had things became a lot tougher as the run rate was pegged back. The breakthrough came when Dean received a pearler / jaffa / bonzer delivery from impressive opening bowler Langham which knocked off his off stump bail, by all accounts it was a great ball – Dean agreed but thought that might not quite have done it justice.  38/1 in the 9th over soon became 65/4 as the collapse was on, and the Whalers looked around for someone to halt the slide, step up Andrew who started hitting some lovely shots all round the wicket, including a huge baseball style straight 6, and along with Will added 58 for the 5th wicket. Cue the second collapse as 2 further wickets fell quickly including Andrew for 51. At 138/7 in the 29th over things were delicately poised but first Geoff and then Dan, both with good support from Amit were able to push the score through to 187 before Dan forgot that debutant Amit wasn’t familiar with ‘Dan’ running and Amit was left well short running a third. leaving Jack one ball to show off his cover driving skills, leaving the Whalers with a total of 189, which seemed maybe a hint above par, but early wickets would be helpful.
Jack opened up with Dan and with some good accurate bowling they both delivered an early wicket, bowling one opener each., the downside effect of this was it bought in their number 4 Owen who was playing some great shots including a huge effortless looking straight six off Geoff’s first over. Geoff and Amit then just about held things in check, the breakthrough came in the 14th over when Geoff grabbed a smart return catch, albeit with a juggle, and Amit followed this up in the next over with his debut wicket, a super diving catch from josh at backward point. Andrew chipped in with a caught and bowled and the run rate headed north of 8 with 10 overs to go but Owen was still in. With the game in the balance Will came up with a captaincy masterstroke and introduced Dean to the bowling crease with his array of highly effective low full tosses which bought immediate reward with the key wicket of Owen chipping a return catch. Dean followed that up with 2 further wickets and Dan finished things off with the last wicket in the final over for a 22 run win. All in all a great game that ebbed and flowed and was either teams to win until the final couple of overs.
M.o.m – Andrew for his key 51, 1 wicket and 2 catches
Champagnes – Jack for his cracking delivery to bowl the opener and Josh for his super catch
Muppet – Dan for running out debutant Amit.