Battered Whale

Whalers CC vs Roehampton Bats – 25 May 2014

Whalers 127 (31 overs) lost to Roehampton Bats 128/8 (34.1) by 2 wickets

The designated meet time came and went, the designated start time came and went, still only six Whalers. However by the time the local colts league match occupying the pitch finally vacated a ‘full’ compliment of 10 Whalers had arrived sighting all manner of excuses.

The toss lost the Whalers were sent into bat. After some desperate searching for recognised batsmen the opening pair of Stu and Dragon Slayer strode out to the crease.  The wicket was green and soft, and the outfield slow, however the scoring was quick with runs equally shared between the two batsmen (although the manor of getting them was not). Dragon Slayer was bowled in the fourth over having reach 13 of 12 bringing Toby to the cease. The score marched on to 63 before Toby was also bowled bringing in Ed who uncharacteristically only scored 2 of the first 8 balls faced (mostly playing and missing rather than genuine leaves or defensive shots. At 83-2 Stu was caught out (literally) as a ball sat up and he played though the ball too early. Ed went the very next ball Khalil then departed without scoring. The score had gone to 83-5 all too quickly.With Matt L restored the team’s score with a well earned 23 supported by Paul M, Dan, Tony (of Salix fame) and Kamal.Whalers all out for 127 in the 31st over.

With teas consumed Khalil and Matt L opened the bowling restricting the opening bowlers but wicketless. Dan replaced Matt for 3 overs of fast, but variable bowling. Paul M and Kamal then bowled 7 overs each of tight and actuate bowling keeping the scoring low and picking up 2 wickets each. With Paul bowled out Dragon Slayer was passed the ball, this coincided with the batsmen deciding the hit out and the run rate nearing a run a ball. Ed, carrying an injury, only bowled one over that included the Champagne moment of the day with Toby’s superb diving catch off the final ball. With 5 overs remaining Khalil and Matt returned but with the batsmen swinging it proved too difficult to limit the runs and scores were levelled at the end of the 34th over. The winning runs came soon after. Whalers lost by 2 wickets.

The bowling the fielding were strong, we just needed to bat out the overs.

Man of the Match: Paul M – 7-1-15-2

Champagne: Toby’s diving catch

Muppet: Stu throwing ball into own face