Whalers Vs Octopus CC; King’s House Sports Ground; Sunday August 5th
The sun was a flaming mass of boiling hotness and the mighty squid was taking on the mighty Whale for the first ever trident cup.
Skipper Will lost the toss and the Octopus elected to bowl. The harsh summer sun had burnt out anything green and the ball really didn’t want to come on to the bat. Openers Dean and Pip struggled against the opening pair of bowlers and with only 12 on the board (after 5 overs) Pipo had his stumped knocked about. Enter Channa, wielding the mighty Excalibur. With Dean starting to strike the ball cleanly the Whalers scoreboard ticked over. Channa and Dean managed to see the danger bowlers off, but were still only 45 at the 15th over. Channa was caught, soon trying to knock the stuffing out of the ball, for 17.
Whalers Debutant Nishan was next in. Having taken a seven year break from cricket he was understandably keen to get going. Unfortunately it was not to be and he was bowled for 8. 83 for 3 of 25.
Next up was Skipper Will, who played a cracker of an innings, easily supporting Dean, and also adding some well-timed boundaries. Dean was firing from the other end, with 3 consecutive sixes, getting the scoreboard to trot on. Dean was eventually bowled for 70, having missed a straight one. The Whalers were 131 for 4 of 30 and rapidly running out of overs. With 5 overs to go the batsmen tried to accelerate, with Mildon and then Dan supporting Will, who ended with 47. Kieran and Dan saw the last few overs out and the Whalers ended on 178 for 6 of 35.
Tea, cold compress, and losing the keeping gloves.
Dan and Amit opened the bowling with Dan really getting the ball to zing off the top. In fact he was so successful that he got a wicket in the first over, after the opener edged it behind. Dean took a fantastic one handed diving catch amidst much early celebration.
The Number two and three batsmen saw off a feisty Dan but kept the scoreboard ticking over. Soon they were finding the boundary on a regular basis and the Whale was beached. The score reach 96 of 15 overs before Whalers Debutant Nishan finally removed number 3 for a well
Made 44; Mildon taking an excellent catch on the boundary. The remaining opener didn’t last long, caught by Pip of Nishan’s bowling. 104/2 of 17. The Whalers hoped the tail would wag.
Despite some good bowling from Special and Nishan the replacement batsmen plugged away at the total. The next wicket didn’t fall until the 22nd over when the number five bat was run out after an excellent thrown from the boundary (Dean) caught him napping. Run out for 17, the Octopus on 135 for 4 off 22.
The Whalers were tight in the field but despite the effort, didn’t have enough bowling power, or in fact runs. Josh and Kieran added their weight, and the Whalers managed to take two more wickets. One, a smart stumping by Dan (replacing Dean as keeper) of Josh’s bowling and the other a lofted cover drive by the Octopus’s wicket keeper, who found Josh lurking in his favourite long on. 170 for 6, in the 30th over but it wasn’t going to happen. Not today at least. Octopus won by 4 wickets, but it was an evenly matched game and we hope there will be a rerun next season.
Whalers 178-6 (35)
Octopus 179-6 (31)