Whalers CC vs Cricketers CC, 17 May 2008

 Cricketers win by 81 runs

Twas a cold grey day with rain a constant threat that the Whalers met
a newly formed Cricketers line up on a classic Chiswick track. England
were playing down the road at Lords so the Whalers were keen to get a
game on. The aim was to put right their defeat from last week. With
the start time ticking past there was no sign of the captain,
obviously over excited from his birthday present of a new pair of
speedos from his German girlfriend. With the rest team buoyed by the
thought of incorporating them into a drinking game in Kenya, the toss
was duly won and with a rather limp bowling attack we went into

Dan started well, ably supported by Clippy. A few rusty opening overs
from Clippy and a couple of dropped catches allowed their solid
opening partnership to get off to flyer. It took the change bowling of
Piers to bowl the opener Numan (32) who had had lived a charmed life.
With the run rate ticking over at a healthy 7 an over it was tough day
in the field. A sharp easterly wind meant hands were in pockets in the
field and one jumper was not quite enough. Piers went on to pick up
another useful 2 wickets including their number 3 (Haydon) who got 50.
Hanmer and Osborne could not stem the flow, bowling at good bats who
had both eye’s in. Dan saw a fairly decent ball boshed back over his
head for one of the biggest 6’s you see at this level, which took me
back to bowling in Sri Lanka (Ahhh joy). Fair play Dan dotted out the
over and got his man in the next over along with the opener, who never
looked in much trouble compiling 73. Dan ended up with 3 – 15 and
Kamal offered his usual loop and guile and held onto a very good catch
off his own bowling to stem the flow of runs late on. Too many catches
went down and dropped in the gaps and the Whalers were happy to warm
up with a cup of tea and a sausage roll and look to chase down a
rather ominous 240 for 7 off 35

The old skool opening pair of Oz and Al strode to the crease wearing
his and her headbands. Whilst the Whalers committee are delighted to
see Whalers producing the next generation of cricketers they are not
so happy on the effect on Oz’s batting form. Some solid opening
bowling saw Al out in bizare fashion (for 4) top edging onto his
helmet (muppet!), which looped nicely to first slip. Sadly the top 5
didn’t fire, with Oz pootling to 10 and Duncs offering an unlucky 13
for his last Whalers outing, before heading East to the House of
Bamboo. Sadly Phil and Channa did not trouble the scorers and 7 overs
in we were 31 for 5!

Oli and Ads nursed the Whalers through till drinks with some solid
defence and a few runs here and there. The mountain was high and the
climb proved to steep. Ads (14) fell soon after drinks trying to force
the issue with the run rate pushed to 10 an over, Ol pushed onto 56,
milking some of the change bowlers.  The tail wagged and stuck two
fingers up at the top 5, with a good knock from Piers (24). Kamal and
Clippy showing they were no rabbits with 5 and 8 respectively,
including a sumptuous drive from Kamal through mid wicket. With the
total proving a bridge to far, much amusement was had with the opos
garb. Dan got bowled by a guy in pyjamas and Kamal was lbw to a chap
bowling in golf shoes. Sadly 159 was a good way short of 240 and the
Whalers were well beaten by a nice bunch of cricketers. 5 pounds of
fines in 60 seconds still proves the holy grail, even for Dan being
outrageously late on his birthday. But a warm shower and a couple of
pints helped warm the cockles and leave the Whalers dreaming of a win

Cricketers 240-8 – Piers 3-31, Dan 3-32

Whalers 159 all out – Ollie 56


Man of the Match:              Ollie with the top score of 56

Champagne Moment:         Dan’s delivery which clipped the off bail of one of their good bats after being hit for 6 the previous over

Muppet Moment:               Al hitting the ball into his own helmet and then getting caught at slip


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