Strollers CC won by c.15 runs
The Whalers went down to another narrow defeat at the weekend, this time against the Strollers. Bowling first on a green, damp, sloping wicket, and the ball doing all sorts under plenty of cloud cover, the Whalers got off to a good start with 2 early wickets for Matt and one for Khalil. Some poor catching (especially from me) and over-keen fielding helped the Strollers rebuild, despite very tight bowling from Kamal and Si. However, with a number of extremely close LBW shouts being denied, we didn’t claim any more wickets until the last 15 overs or so, with a couple of wickets for Dan (2-25), Khalil (2-20) tipping a catch to Pip at mid-off, a good catch from Khalil off Matt (3-29), and a comedy run-out. The Strollers eventually finished on 157-8 from their 40 overs, of which Mr Extras contributed an undeserved 40.
With a short boundary on one side and the pitch having dried out a bit, we knew this was very gettable. However, and at the risk of repeating last week’s match report, the Whalers top order again failed to fire and for the fourth time this year we were 30odd for 5. Credit must go to the Strollers bowlers who gave us very little to hit throughout the innings – their number 2 and 3 bowlers were especially tight, with figures between them of 4-19 from 16 overs. Toby and Dan rebuilt with a steady partnership, and at 120 for 5 with about 7 overs to go we were definitely back in the match. However, we couldn’t push on from there, with Toby falling for 44 and Dan for 34 as the run-rate climbed. Even a quickfire 20 not out from Matt couldn’t help us get the runs we needed, and eventually we fell about 15 runs short with the last-wicket pair at the crease.
Strollers CC 157-8 – Matt 3-29, Khalil 2-20, Dan 2-25
Whalers CC c.150 – Toby 44, Dan 34
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