Whalers CC lost by 148 Runs
On a gloriously sunny day the Whalers gathered at the beloved CSSC in opposition to their well matched rivals Elthorne CC. Almost a year to the day that the Whalers pulled off a nail biting victory against the very same opposition, all and sundry were wondering if it could be done again.
Unfortunately for the Whalers one of their recent imports had gone a bit soft in the head and forgotten that the game was on SATURDAY not SUNDAY. This meant that they would have to take to the field with a mere 10 men. At this very moment Mr English, who was on his way to a BBQ, walked up to the huddled circle of Whalers. Before he knew what hit him he was dressed in oversized whites and blue trainers!
After losing the toss, Dan strode back to the huddled group and disclosed that on this scorcher of a day, we would be fielding first. With the wind in our hair, the new ball was taken up by Dan and Matt and the game began. Straight away the batmen were given very little space by the bowlers (apart from the odd wide) and decent close-in fielding saw the opening pair tightly restricted. Unfortunately for the Whalers there were very few loose strokes and when the ball was in the air it inevitably fell between two fielders. The opening pair continued their relentless march but failed to cut loose and eventually both of them fell (to the bowling of Osgood) between the 30th and 35th over, with neither batsman making a century. It was another high score for Mr Extras as 28 extras were given to the opposition (most being wides). Given that the Whalers only had two late wickets and for half of the game had 10 players on the field (Pip having disappeared at around the 25th over) Elthorne would have been disappointed with their 199 for 2.
After a refreshing tea break, the Whalers opening pair of Dickenson and Bayne strode to the middle and made a start towards the magic 200 mark. Things were going smoothly until the 8th over when Mr Bayne was caught flashing his bat outside off-stump and was caught neatly by the fielder at point. Ironically this was the same fielder who had dropped Mr Dickenson twice in the previous over. Before the number 3 batsman had a chance to hit a ball Mr Dickenson was out (bowled), leaving the Whalers on 27 for 2 (9 overs). Having been in this position (or worse) previously one would have thought that experience would have helped us through. It was not to be! Whaler after Whaler was brought down for single digits (or less) eventually slumping to an embarrassing defeat, having been bowled out for 51 runs in 24 Overs.
Lets just hope that this was our ‘blip’ for the season, and that we get back to the decent level of cricket we are used to.
Post-game drinks helped lighten the mood and season debutant Ben Blane was fined for spilling beer all over the already poorly score book, Dan was fined for giving players bogus information about ‘building works’ at Barnes Bridge and Adam Strang was named ‘Muppet’ for his incomprehension of the difference between Saturday and Sunday!
It was a lovely day for cricket and while the Whalers fielded well, it was the batting collapse (as ever) that let us down.
Elthorne: 199 for 2 (Osgood 2/38)
Whalers: 51 a.o.
Man of the match: Kamal
Champagne moment: Seems to have been unawarded, probably for the best.
Muppet moment: Adam Strang: wrong day mixup