Whalers CC vs Village CC: 05/05/2019; King’s House Sports Ground
The Whalers season has officially got underway (even if it was a week late) and was welcomed by the traditional cold and breezy weather. A full 11 assembled at Kings House which included 2 debutants, Aseem and Rahul, however the day took on the added significance of marking the auspicious occasion of Kamal’s 200th Whalers cap.
Will, having won the toss and electing to bat (and agreeing to a 40 over game), sent Dean and Al to open up. Dean survived an early scare after top edging a hook shot, but wasn’t able to capitalize and was bowled for 1 off the pads in the 4th over. Some very tight bowling and a lot of playing and missing ensued for a number of overs, before Roland was out caught in the 10th. Will came and went after being trapped LBW (but would certainly have been overturned had DRS been in place) and the Whale was in trouble at 19-3 after 14 overs. Rahul on debut was next in and with the introduction of spin in to the attack, was able to lift the scoring rate with Al. Rahul was eventually bowled (in what appeared to be slow motion) by the left arm spinner for 13. Aseem joined Al who was now getting on top of the dual spin attack (and brought up his 50), moving the score along to 97 before Aseem was undone by a fantastic bit of leg spin bowling, resulting in him being caught at slip for 6.
Matt joined Al, but Al lost his wicket after slapping a short ball to point, caught for a well played 58 with 7 overs to go. Matt continued where Al had left off, scoring freely from the spin attack. Kieran came and went, out caught for a duck trying to keep the score moving. Dan also didn’t hang around, being bowled for 4. Russel at 10, dug in and was able to rotate the strike with Matt before being caught behind off the last ball of the 39th over for 5. Kamal joined Matt who needed 11 off the last over for a maiden Whalers 50, however it wasn’t to be, finishing the innings not out 44. The Whalers finished with 162 from their 40 overs.
Defending what was considered to be a below par score, tight bowling and regular wickets were going to be the key. Dan and Russel were handed the new ball and both started very tidily, but it was Russel who got the wickets with a double breakthrough in the 4th over. The opener was well caught by Kieran sliding to his right at mid off for 7 and the number three being adjudge LBW after being trapped back on his stumps for a duck. More tight bowling and playing and missing eventually drew an edge that unfortunately ran wide of slips. Matt took off after the ball and the batsman attempted a risky second run. A good throw over the stumps to Dean resulted in the run out of the Village number 4 which made the score 26-3 after the first 10 overs and the Whale were in the game. More tight bowling and playing and missing ensued. Dan was the first bowler replaced after going for 20 off his 6 overs. Russel bowled his 8 straight through, going for just 10 runs to go with his 2 wickets. Matt replaced Dan, and Kamal replaced Russel. The tight bowling only resulted in the score at drinks being 52-3.
Matt got the breakthrough in the first over after drinks with the remaining opener caught by Roland at deep point for 27, trying to lift the scoring rate. Matt finished with 1-19 off his 8 overs. Another strong partnership was the result as the batsman went on the attack taking a liking to Kamal as well as Kieran. The next breakthrough came in the 31st over with a sharp single pushed to Matt at mid off (off a Kieran no ball) which was never on. A direct hit resulted in Matt’s 2nd run out of the game. With 9 overs to go, Village still needed 58 to win but had half their wickets still remaining. Aseem was introduced in to the attack and was able to get the ball fizzing. A bit of luck to the batsman with half chances just going out of reach on several occasions resulted in Village getting on top of the run rate. A double change resulted in Will and Rahul coming in to the attack and Will got the wicket of the number 7, but with only 11 required and 3 overs to go, there was too much for the Whale to do and Village got home with 13 balls to spare.
Whalers 162-9 (40)
Village 164-6 (38.1)
Muppet: Kieran for attempting to throw a ball in from fine leg only for it to go backwards towards the boundary
Champagne: Matt’s run out off a no ball
Man of the Match: Matt for his all round performance of 44 not out, 8 overs 1-19 and 2 run outs