Whalers CC won by 5 wickets
Whalers 2009 momentum increased with a comfortable and well-paced 5 wicket win at Chiswick. Tight fielding, good bowling and solid batting showed a team clicking into gear after a mixed start to the outdoor season.
Overcast conditions saw us bowling first (not tactical -Dan lost the loss). Showing the versatility and strength in depth of our squad, wicketkeeper/come opening bowler Stu ripped into the oppo early on. A combination of accurate bowling and good catching at the wicket and in the field saw him make inroads into the Mustard top order with an excellent 3-28. Skipper Dan kept it tight at the other end. He bowled with Flintoff-like pace and accuracy and was rewarded with figures of 1-14. With the pressure on, Dan turned to spin-twins Pip and Kamal to turn the screw in the middle overs. Pip’s spell of 3 wickets for 4 runs in 4 overs was pretty special and Mustard were struggling at 60 for 8. At the other end, Kamal struggled initially but fought back well with his last 5 overs only going for 16 runs. Unfortunately, some good hard hitting from the final batsmen (with the final pair putting on 50) allowed Mustard to escape a little to 150 in their 35 overs. A good performance in the field overall, with catches from Rob, Oz, VDP and Stu, but still something to chase…..
The Whalers reply saw Ads and VDP start solidly, putting on 31 for the first wicket. Ads, on a good run of form, looked untroubled in his bubble at the crease, nudging and nurdling alongside some bigger shots. Nick came in and provided further acceleration with some hard hitting anddodgy running. When he was (unsurprisingly) run out for a Whalers career-best 21, the platform was there. A couple of quick wickets gave Mustard a sniff and substitute fielder Stu gave them a further hand by catching Oz. After the good start, we probably let it get a bit closer than it should have been. However, calm and confident finishing by Rob and Ads saw the Whalers home with 15 from the last 3 overs required….Ads finishing on 67 not out and looking forward to a jug and some batting-for-average fines. His batting this season has been a revelation – more private coaching in the close season?
Mustard CC: 150 for 9 from 35 overs (Pip 3-4, Stu 3-28)
Whalers CC: 151 for 5 from 34 overs (Ads 67*, VDP 25, Nick 21)
Man of the match: Adam Hanmer
Champagne moment: Dans caught and bowled
Muppet moment: Pip’s jockstrap faff