Village CC vs Whalers CC
Saturday 6 September 2014; Peter May Sports Ground
Village CC (177-8) beat Whalers (118ao) by 59 runs
The Whalers convened in deepest darkest North East London for their penultimate game of the season which was against new opposition Village CC. The Whalers also fielded too CK’s for the first time with Channa being demoted to CK2 by Salix’s CK1. There had been some drizzle on the way to the game and the pitch looked quite green so captain Pip decided to bowl first. Khalil and Matt (after a shoe faff) opened and both bowled well getting some movement from the pitch to restrict Village to 20-3 from the first 10 overs (including a good catch from CK2). Batmen 1 (De Mellow) and 5 (Troja) weathered the early movement and both then started to get into their stride dispatching anything loose (included Nick’s first ball which was a head high beamer that was swatted for a huge six) so that they had moved to 70-3 at the 20 over drink point.
The old adage of drinks brings a wicket worked well as De Mellow went for another big shot only to hole out to JT on the long-off boundary. It was a real skyer so JT did very well to hold on. This bought Gupta to the crease who continued to move the score along with Troja who now looked in fine form and passed 50 but fell shortly after to a smart catch from Pip in the covers off the bowling of CK1. At the other end another debutant Tariq was bowling well and wickets started to fall regularly although the fast outfield and flattening pitch made it hard to keep the runs down. Tariq finished with 3 for 41 and then Matt and Khalil came back for the last few overs. Khalil took his third wicket to finish with 3 for 16 Village had made 177 for 8 from their 40 overs. This was more than it looked like they would get at drinks and would be a difficult chase.
After a great tea provided by Kamal, Al and CK2 went out to start the Whalers reply. The Village opening bowlers looked accurate and dangerous straight away and Al was out in the 3rd over playing on to a ball which nipped back. CK2 then shouldered arms to a ball which was hitting middle stump (cue strop) and Tariq played around an inswinger to leave the Whalers on 18-3 after 6 overs. Pip and CK1 then started to build a partnership and took the score to 46 before CK1 was bowled. Pip was playing very nicely and after JT went for 6, Matt joined him to take the score to 80-5 at the 18th over. We were up with the rate however would the loss of wickets hurt us. The answer was yes as Pip changed his mind at the last minute to late cut a wide delivery to be caught in the slips for 37. Jack came to crease and played a lovely drive before being turned back looking for a second run and being stranded on his back as he had pulled his groin. Troja was now into the attack bowling a variety of leg-spin, off-spin and some topspinners at a good pace and very accurately (which is very rare for the Whalers to face). He bowled Nick with a peach which pitched outside leg stump and hit the top of off. He also removed Matt lbw for 16 and after a few meaty blows from Khalil ended with him top-edging another Troja delivery we were all out for 118.
The Whalers then retired to a very dodgy pub which was just starting a school disco for the post-match analysis. JT was awarded Champagne moment for his excellent catch, Channa muppet for deflecting the ball onto the helmet behind him to give away 5 runs and Khalil was man of the match for his excellent bowling.