Whalers CC vs Drovers CC; Sunday 16 June; King’s House Sports Ground
The Whalers have yet again continued their winning form this year with a 6 wicket win over the Drovers. The game, played at Kings House, was won under testing weather conditions. Fortunate for us the Drovers choose to bat first. The wet outfield and good bowling from Matt, Ben, Paul M and Khalil slowed the scoring rate. Conversely when the Whale was batting the sun was beaming down and the wet outfield dried quickly to allow Pete, Al and Kev largely reach the runs in 23 overs.
Arguably it wasn’t just the captains’ nous that enabled a quick victory rather an initial poor decision to bat in the rain on the Drovers behalf. Lucas nonetheless demonstrated his unbeaten record as captain happy to not join Giles, in his words, as a “losing captain”, despite some questionable counting of overs and hence allocation of bowlers. The rain fell as the game got under way and despite a brief break Khalil, Matt, Paul and Ben were the cream of the bowling attack.
Matts bowling figures of 7-1-13-3, were exemplary taking the successful captain’s lead by example approach. His best a seaming off the pitch ball catching out the Drovers dangerous Carrington caught behind for 32. Although wicketless, Khalil ended up with solid and economical figures of 7-3-15-0 with great line and length deliveries. Nick finished on 7-1-25-2. Season debutant Ben with 7-0-32-2 was outstanding. Some great aggressive bowling taking the scalp of the dangerous Epsom (52) with a bouncer inducing caught in first slip by Nicholls leading to a critical wicket. With 4 dropped catches, Paul M was unlucky to not have taken a wicket. His good bowling going unrewarded. Perhaps the antipodeans in the team could do with some catching practice, Howes 2 dropped catches and questionable footwear, Tippins 3 dropped catches and plenty of theaterical ineffective dives over the ball awarding him muppet moments of the match. Paul L finished on 1-0-9-0…strategically claiming runs hit off his bowling enabled him to bat.
Out to open were Pete and Pip. Pip was the first man to go caught deep in gully with a good catch after initially looking very settled with some nice shots. Pete had a point to prove however dispatching the opening bowlers to various parts of the ground. He made a game winning 46 with plenty of 4s, 2s…yet controversially jug avoiding a half century. Kev despite a medical condition induced from his trip to Mallorca managed a gallant 19. His form with the bat also matching his wicket keeping skills. However his rapidly developing facial hair and choice of post-match slippers brought in heavy fines. JT the dragon slayers apprentice made a quick fire 9 brought undone by some good quick bowling. Al was solid with 25 not out. Another steady and reliable innings seeing the team home with efficacy. Luckett (dragon slayer master) composed and reeling from his expensive bowling smashed the winning runs with poise and grace finishing 4 NO
Champagne moment – Ben Blane bouncer caught by Pete Nicholls in slips. Matt Lucas’s bowling
Muppet moment – JT’s fielding
Man of the match – Matt Lucas 3-13