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Whalers v Clapham Inn CC; Friday 23rd July 2021; The Hub, Regents Park

The Whalers kept their winning record going with a closely fought game against Clapham Inn CC last Friday eve. Most arrived on time at pitch 5 at the Hub and some got lost in Regents Park in the process. Pat Moore turned up a little late up post celebrating his last day of school a little worse for wear. But with his trilby hat on he was good to go. Matt the skipper elected to roll with the times and the Whalers first 100 ball game ensued. So the new format ensured 10 bowlers with 10 balls each (either to be taken as 5 at a time or the full 10) only Kishan our wicket keeper missing out.

Ross opened the bowling and with an audience watching made our standard of cricket look decent with his first very quick ball swinging in to hit the top of middle stump. Both he and Matt bowled some decent line and length balls keeping the scoring low. Will and Aseem (ignoring his first ball … extreme loosener) followed and also bowled well but the opposition dug in. Some comical fielding and missed run out opportunities didn’t help with Pat struggling to keep upright at times in the field. Vishal also refused to catch the ball putting down some chances. Both Williams and Lynch the opposition batsmen proved hard to get out. Nick tried some off spin and managed to stop a decent drive with his foot but couldn’t break the deadlock. Geoff also tried from the other end and bowled well. Dan eventually tempting Lynch into a lofted drive caught in deep gully. Williams eventually retired on 25 and Vishal got the other break through getting the new batsman to loft the bowl to a good catch from Aseem. Dan got an LBW and Pat and Amit K continued the fight with decent pace bowling. The best bowling figures however probably awarded to Dan, Ross and Matt. Also some great keeping from Kishan. Clapham CC setting 81 off 100 balls as our target.

Nick (who ascended the batting order from no. 11 to no.2) and Geoff went out to bat. Nick taking ‘leg guard’ batting tips from Dean to move his feet managed to play some nice shots in the first couple of overs. Geoff also did the same as the antipodeans got the score board going nicely. Nick eventually retired on 25 and Geoff soon followed maliciously being given out by Will LBW despite clearly hitting the ball for 10. Ross came out to bat and hit 2 nice 6s but got himself out caught behind off the back of his bat for 20. Kishan came out and played some nice shots but was also out caught. Amit K came into bat and then played some good shots. However with 2 runs needed both he and Pat got mixed up with Pat refusing to run the second run, falling over and being run out. With one ball to win Amit K thought it would be a good idea to try left handed batting… he missed the ball twice… embarrassingly delayed the game…deservedly got muppet of the match… and a no-ball unceremoniously and comically won the Whalers the game with a couple of balls to spare. We all headed to Primrose Hill after the game for a beer.

Man of the match – Nick Howes!

Champagne Moment – Ross – first ball top of off stump

Muppet

  • Amit K – Left hand batting unsuccessfully to try and win the game

(Muppet honourable mentions)

  • Aseem’s first ball
  • Pat Moore refusing second run then falling over and getting run out

Whalers CC v Salix CC (return leg) Sunday 25th July 2021; King’s House Sports Ground

Folk met early for the much anticipated return leg against Salix to be played at Kings House this time. Due to phones pinging and other reasons the team was down to 9 late on Sunday morning. The skipper put out a desperate last minute email plea for players with a battered and bruised Nick answering the call pushing the team to 9.5. The weather forecast was poor with thunder storms and heavy rain forecasted for around 4-5pm. Based on this both Matt and Yov the skippers decided on trying for a quick 25 over game.

Based on his personal best top score the weekend before out strode Dean and Will to open the batting. Dean wasted no time getting settled. He bludgeoned the first ball for four. Raj bowled some tight overs but basically anything bowled by the opposition bowlers that was legside and short was further belted out to cow corner as Dean continued to get the run rate going. Sai was very unlucky to have a dropped chance by the keeper off some good spin bowling. There were some other dropped chances put down as well. The umpire then suggested it a good idea to bowl over the wicket to Dean instead of around and was later heavily fined for this. Will took his time to get going and creamed a ball high into the sky unlucky to have not made it to the boundary go out to a long hop ball caught and bowled by Sai. Dean clubbed balls to all parts of the ground despite some good pace powling from Andy and retired on 102. Fraser came out and was run out by a good throw and was out for 5. Dan and Matt the left and right handed nurdlers of the ball caused the opposition fielders to come in from the boundary. Dan eventually being caught. Paul came out for one ball before the weather took a turn for the worse.

As predicted the heavens opened with thunder and lightening and after a short delay all walked towards the clubhouse. Dan and Geoff waited behind with the kit and the rain stopped. All turned around at the clubhouse with Matt declaring on 142 off 20.1 overs. Amit K and Amit J opened the bowling with thunder and lightening ominously billowing out and around the Kings house area. Amit K bowled with some real pace troubling the opening batsmen. Nick put down a tough catching chance in gully despite the treacherous conditions. Amit J bowled a few looseners down leg side and the Salix batsmen Raj and Will got their score going. At the start of the 4th over heavy rain prompted all to retreat to the clubhouse. The heavy rain continued unabated for the 30 minutes. Despite this Dan, Geoff and Paul refused to give up on the game and waited out by the ground. Dan refused the stumps being removed. However most had given up on the game and were either in the bar or in the carpark on their way home.

Match abandoned – no result

Man of the match – Dean for his 102 not out

Champagne Moment – Dean brutalising Salix for the second week in a row

Muppet – The 3 batsmen who got out