Whalers unbeaten start to the season ended by Lambs

Whalers v Lambeth Lambs. Barn Elms, 22.05.2022

It was a beautiful May day for cricket, the pitch looked good and for the first time in what feels like ages we won the toss and chose to bat against Lambeth Lambs in a 30 overs a side contest. Things were feeling positive. Dean and Pip went out to open and were faced with some testing and quick bowling from the Lambs opening bowlers. Dean was the first to go well caught on the fine leg boundary pulling a short one. Then followed a slow spell of consolidation as runs continued to be hard to come by. The change bowlers came on and continued to bowl well, Pip departed caught behind and Fraser joined Amit. At drinks we were around 40/2. It was roundly agreed we needed to pick up the pace. Amit took the call to arms and in the first over after drinks and hit a couple of boundaries but fell soon after lbw for 24. Geoff came and went quickly, also well caught on the boundary pulling a short one. Fraser hit one huge six but was then the next to go. Bilal joined Ross and with the help of some more bowling changes started to pick up the pace with a flurry of boundaries and good running. The opening Bowlers came back on but couldn’t stem the flow as both batsman continued to score all around the ground. Ross finally fell for an excellent 40 in the penultimate over, again well caught on the boundary after getting a leading edge to a waist high full toss. Bilal finished on a very well played 28no as the Whalers posted 157/6, a good recovery from drinks but a score that still felt a little short.

Dan and Suhaib opened the bowling and found good lengths and a bit of movement. One of the openers went on the attack and hit a couple of 4’s before Dan got the first wicket with a well placed yorker on off stump. The other opener was looking in control but then got a leading edge playing a touch early, it looked like it might fall into a gap but Dan took a one handed catch on the dive to complete the caught and bowled. The next 10 overs or so saw the Lambs batters start to take control with a series of good shot all round the ground. The bowling remained good but anything slightly loose was punished. Drink saw the Lambs well in control at 91/2. After tea Dean came on to bowl some spin but it was Bilal who got the breakthrough with an lbw, good reward after bowling well through a difficult time of the game. Kamal then on to replace Bilal took a wicket and hope lifted further when Dean got the edge of their Number 4 who had played really well and he was caught behind. Runs were running out however and when Josh came on and got a wicket first ball with Dean taking an excellent running catch on the long on boundary there 10 runs needed. It wasn’t to be for the Whalers though as the Lambs got home with a couple of overs, and 4 wickets to spare but it was good effort in the field and all catches were held, including several tough ones.

MoM : Ross, 40

Champagne : Dan’s diving one handed catch.

Muppet : Josh, failing to retrieve the ball after it had gone under the covers.