On a beautiful afternoon at King’s House, an intrepid Whalers side first watched England win, lose and finally win the first Ashes test match before setting about trying to beat a decent Cricketers outfit with just nine players. The opposition kindly helped us out by letting us have one of their players (thanks Sohail) so at least we had a nearly full complement of fielders to cover the outfield in the 30 degree heat. Nick and Khalel bowled a good opening spell and were unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Their openers laid a good platform for the rest of the team and each Cricketers player made a solid contribution to set a decent total of 248 from 35 overs. Quick mention to Kamal for a solid spell with two good wickets and a decent turn from the Dragonslayer before he ruined it with a baseball style over (i.e. all full tosses) which went for 20
Chasing down the total, Whalers lost a couple of quick wickets before Sandy and Kev put on 60 odd for the third wicket. Sandy then contrived to get himself out as usual, and Nick Howes saw off the Dragonslayer lbw to a delivery which was a no-ball by about 2 yards. That left Kev, together with Khalel, to take us up above 140 with a great partnership before we lost both of them in quick succession. Good little knocks from Matt, Nick and an injured Rob got us above 200 before we ran out of batsman as the run rate increased.
A decent effort on a hot day, and a nice evening to have a beer with your team mates before the spectre of Monday morning and work. Kev went home to try find out who stole his hubcaps. Credit to the Cricketers, who were nice lads and worthy winners.