Whalers CC won by 3 wickets
After Andrew Strauss had finished carting the Australian bowlers to all parts of Lords, The Whalers and Beamers lined up for an evening Twenty20 dash in Crouch End (a rare and pleasant change for some of the Whalers North London posse). As usual Dan lost the toss so we were bowling, and as usual Mr Milanovic was late, very late and latest so we took to the field with 10 players. Despite the leg-side wide rule being enforced (fortunately power plays and free hits weren’t) Dan and Matt kept things pretty tight early on. However when the spinners came on the batsmen’s eyes lit up at the exceptionally short boundary and on one occasion the game was delayed whilst Dan struggled to find his way back on to the field after vaulting a fence to retrieve the ball. Adam and Pip stuck to their tasks well however and both took two wickets. Adam also chipped in with a superb run-out. At the end of their 20 overs the Beamers finished on 144-6, certainly a competitive total with the light fading.
The Whalers began their run chase in typical fashion and were soon 34-5 off 8 overs. At this stage the win looked along way off. However a very fresh James (he only fielded for about 3 overs) then came to the crease and the runs suddenly started to flow. There were a couple of cameos from Pip and Matt to get the scoring rate moving and then Adam came in, in conditions that could only be described as dark. Partially helped by the fact that the fielders couldn’t see the ball some excellent shots meant that quite amazingly the Whalers breezed past their target with almost 3 overs to spare. Excellent timing in more respect than one as their ensued an enormous thunderstorm around 10 minutes after play had finished much to the annoyance of one player who up until that stage was looking forward to being able to walk home from a game rather than taking an elongated train/tube/bus combination.
Beamers: 144 for 6 (20)
Whalers: 145 for 7 (17.2)
Man of the match: James M
Champagne moment: Adam Strang’s direct hit for run out
Muppet moment: Kamal’s scoreboard antics