Whalers CC won by 10 wickets
The Whalers cruised to their first ever 10-wicket victory at the weekend to round off the 2008 season in style. The early meet allowed for plenty of time to compare hangovers and get in some pre-Kenya fielding practice – any opposition which saw our attempts to hit a single stump from five yards’ distance couldn’t fail to be impressed.
Once we finally got under way, Dan and Gouldy got us off to a flying start with 3 wickets in the first 3 overs, and the Strollers never really recovered. Although Matthews held things together with 36, wickets continued to fall regularly at the other end, with Will Rossiter (2-7 from 6 overs) and Matt (1-5 from 5 overs) the pick of the bowlers. Highlights were good catches for Ben, Kamal and Dan, and a sharp run-out. Probable lowlights were the number of dropped chances as the Strollers struggled to come to terms with straight bowling and a slow pitch, Ollie’s persistent attempts to stump their teenaged tailender when he wandered out of his crease, and Channa’s bowling spell, which led to a number of planes being diverted from next-door Heathrow due to unidentified objects crossing their flight path. Eventually we polished off the tail and the Strollers were all out for 67.
Having demolished the selection of Mr Kipling’s finest, the Whalers numbers 3, 4 and 5 settled down with their pads on, ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice. But they were not to be needed, as Al and Pip put paid to any thoughts of demons in the pitch with a confident batting display. Al especially dispatched anything over-pitched to the boundary, but unfortunately for the rest of us he wasn’t able to reach his 50 before the Whalers reached their target in the 12th over. Al finished on 48 and Pip 18, and we retreated to the pub very early to fine Gouldy for numerous breaches of the traffic laws and to plan our first international victory on next month’s tour to Kenya.
Strollers: 67 all out (Gouldy 3-18, Dan 2-6, Will 2-7)
Whalers: 69 for 0 (Al 48*, Pip 18*)
Man of the match: Will Rossiter
Champagne moment: Dan / Ollie combining for the run-out
Muppet moment: Ollie trying to stump their teenaged tailender