Below par Whalers fall to tight defeat

Railway Taverners vs Whalers (T20); Wednesday 19 June; North Middlesex CC

Railway Taverners 111-6 (20) beat Whalers 101ao (18.5) by 10 runs

The Whalers gathered at the North Middlesex Cricket Ground on a Wednesday evening for a 2nd week running and with the weather humid but dry it looked like we would avoid the weather debacle of 7 days earlier. It all started well Nick and Matt bowling tight opening spells which had the opponents restricted to 13 for 3 early on. . However some wayward bowling allowed the Taverners to recover to make a respectable total of 111 off their allotted overs. The 2 main contributors being their opener who batted the 20 for 47 runs and extras who contributed 36 runs including an astonishing 31 wides.

On a tough wicket Al and Rich started off the chase solidly making 32 without loss off the opening 8 overs. The problems began as the Whale looked to increase the run rate and wickets tumbled. Despite a couple of quality boundaries from Channa and Vish the we found ourselves needing 22 off the last 3 overs with only 4 wickets in hand. Some accurate bowling and sharp fielding ended our chances as we ended all out 100 with an over to spare. The mood after the game was unusually despondent as most agreed it was a game we should have won, however credit must go to the Railway Taverners for their victory and fine post match attitude.