Whalers CC won by 47 runs
The Whalers ended their late-season losing streak in style with a comprehensive 47-run victory over Cairns Fudge CC at the weekend. Batting first, the top 3 of debutant James Battersby (57), Channa (24) and Ben Manzi (24) all scored Whalers bests, and built a good platform for some hitting from Dan (63* from 39 balls), Pip, Duncs, and Adam Strang, as the Whalers racked up an imposing 229-7 from their 35 overs.
In reply, the Cairns Fudge top-order was blown away by some quality swing bowling from Rob Eberstein. With Clippy keeping the pressure on from the other end, Rob took the first 5 wickets to fall, including 2 catches behind the wicket and a good catch from Matt to bag the 5th wicket, to get his name up in lights on the Whalers honours board (5-18 from 7 overs). The game drifted a bit after that, with the Whalers again unable to polish off the tail despite trying virtually all conceivable (and some inconceivable) bowling permutations, before we finally ran out winners with Cairns Fudge finishing on 182-9 from their 35 overs.
The game was also our chance to say goodbye to Adam Strang, who after 1 Whalers season is heading back to his native New Zealand. Adam signed off in style with 23* from 8 balls with the bat (including a giant six), got heckled by the oppo for his looks, and took 2-27 with the ball, before last being spotted leading some of the younger Whalers astray in the dingy bars of Clapham. Thanks to Adam for all his contributions this season, and good luck back home in NZ – hope you guys can retain the Bledisloe Cup.
Full match report to follow…
Whalers: 229 for 8 (35 ovs)
Cairns Fudge: 182 for 9 (35 ovs)
Man of the match: Rob Eberstein
Champagne moment: ?
Muppet moment: Channa x many?