Whalers CC vs Morden Corinthians – 11th May 2008

Mordern Corinthians won by 5 wickets

After 2 games and 2 wins, Dan bravely handed over the reigns to number 11, James Gould, for his debut captaincy of the Whalers.  With a very short boundary on one side and the sun shining strongly, Gouldy lost the toss but still managed to get the Whalers put into bat.

A confident start from Al, combined with a complete lack of timing from Oz, meant that the scoring rate started slow and steady.  However the two-paced pitch would prove to be the downfall of Al who pushed at one that never came off the pitch and gifted a chance to cover.  Channa came in and swiftly departed two balls later having shouldered arms to a straight one on the stumps and gave the umpire no chance but to send him back to the hutch.

Oz and Duncs then offered small resistance before Duncs fell the same way as Al and Oz shortly following, it was left to Pip and Toby to add some sorely needed runs to the total.  With a par score looking to be around 160-170 and the wicket holding up pretty well, some good lusty blows from both moved the score on well but the Whalers were still running behind the rate.

In view of this, Pip then sliced one to gully, Ed offered a sharp caught and bowled and Khalil was triggered for walking in front of his stumps, it was then left to Mildon, Gouldy and Kamal to keep Toby company.  Unfortunately, Morden then released the known enemy of all Whalers batsman, the grenade thrower who skittled the last few including bowling Jimmy through his legs after a he’d thrown a good few swipes at the delivery.

After a tea featuring heavily on cakes and sausage rolls, Whalers strolled out with an opening attack of Gouldy and Khalil.  Morden’s openers looked useful with their number 1 taking a particular liking to Jimmy.  However, the combined efforts of Khalil’s aggression and Toby’s cat like leaps behind the stumps saw him removed before he could do too much damage.

There then followed a period of 15 overs where the Whalers kept Morden at a run rate of 3 an over but with little chances on offer.  Jimmy, Khalil, Mildon and notably Ed (3/25) bowled well but without huge reward as the Morden team slowly and steadily accumulated towards their target.  WithGouldy then spreading the bowling out and Morden, confident in the knowledge of wickets in hand, increased the scoring rate to reach the target with 6 overs to spare.

Overall, the Whalers needed more runs on a good day with short boundaries and as in previous years, the controlled batting of Morden saw them home in comfortable style.  With a rematch later this year, Whalers should take heed of this approach if they are to get their maiden victory against these opponents.

Match stats:

Whalers 137 all out off 32.1 overs – Toby 36, Al 22, Pip 20, Duncs 19, Oz 17

Morden 138/5 off 29 overs – Ed 3/25, Khalil 1/13, Pip 1/17

Man of the match:                 Toby

Champagne moment:           Toby’s catch

Muppet moment:                   Gouldy has tried to give it to Channa for shouldering arms and being given LBW.  In reality it was Gouldy, for the pathetic shot to end the innings, resulting in him being bowled between his legs!

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