Whalers CC lost by 29 runs
Bugger! After waiting for 2 hours while our opponents decided to turn up we put in a tardy batting display to lose our first game of the season.
Even after spending the majority of these two hours with intense fielding drills we did not reflect this on the field. Lucas and Osgood (0-23) provided some brilliant swing bowling, especially Lucas with figures of 7 overs, no wickets for 10 runs and, although the batsmen also played and missed on a plethora of occasions, we could not find the breakthrough.
Kay (0-18) also bowled tightly without luck and only a run out started the fall of wickets when Blackheath were on 40. Strang (2-32), bowling his leggies, then snaffled a sharp caught and bowled and then another wicket to start a mini collapse. Al then made a great tactical decision by dropping a catch but then throwing to the bowlers end to run the batsman out anyway.
Another run out was well taken, however, Deepesh played a sublime innings, finished with 48 no including a well timed 6 over the hard working Khalil’s head.
Blackheath ended up on 154 for 5 after their 35 overs, a gettable total.
However, as the sun started to drop in the sky so did our top order. Treadaway didn’t trouble the scorers with a 3rd ball duck and then the going was difficult for Dickenson and Khalil as young gun, left arm around the wicket Aman (4 for 14) bowled as tightly as a frogs blurter. Dickenson (5) was run out, as Khalil (10) made a fantastic impersonation of a statue at the bowlers end. Then he and Kirkness (10) fell in consecutive overs.
Bring on the new boys, Milanovic (19) and Strang (44), who made solid headway, until Milanovic slashed outside offstump to be caught behind. Strang then fell when bowled by the returning Aman He then bowled Osgood (0) in the same over. The sun was now teasing the horizon which was the beginning of the end with only a short resistance mounted by Lucas (8) and Kay (6 no) until they had to swing the willow and Lucas was caught. The Whalers all out for 125.
This was the “one that got away” but we look forward to the chance to beat the unbeatables, Mordern Corinthians, next weekend.
Blackheath Asian Forum: 154 for 5 (35 overs, Strang 2-32)
Whalers: 125ao (32.2 overs, Strang 44, Milanovich 19)
Man of the match: Adam Strang
Champagne moment: Milanovich’s backfoot straight drive for 4
Muppet moment: Treadaways dropped catch (sitter!)