Whalers CC lost by 34 runs
On a cold and murky Sunday afternoon the Whalers convened at Chiswick to try and end their losing streak in a re-arranged fixture against new opposition Worcester Park 2nd XI. Makeshift captain for the day Matt obviously lost the toss with everyone rushing around for jumpers/scarves/handwarmers the opposition chose to bat first and got off to a quick start thanks to their opening batsmen Maloney who after being let off a very close lbw shout punished anything slightly loose on a very good batting pitch. He raced to 50 before really opening his shoulders and through some good shots and some very lucky shots was finally caught off Milanovic for 83. It was clear that the batsmen at the other end didn’t have this scoring power and the Whalers set about recovering some ground and slowing the scoring rate. Kamal bowled beautifully to take 2 for 27 and Matt combined with James at backward square leg (I like to think excellent field placing by the captain who may or may not be writing this report) to take a couple of wickets and Worcester Park ended up on 224-8 from their 40 overs.
It was already quite dark at this stage (if Chiswick Civil Service Sports Ground had light meters all the lights would have been on) and some of the supporters looked like they were set for polar expeditions so tea was taken fairly swiftly and the Whalers started their run chase. The run chase didn’t start particularly well as some accurate bowling meant we were 3 down early on with new Whaler Jon Grove one of those back in the pavilion (edge of the pitch). Stu and Dario then took on the re-building process and when Stu was out for 62, ending an 85 run partnership we were back in the game, all be it a fair way behind the run-rate. Dario followed fairly quickly after and Matt joined Ollie to try and get things going again. In very difficult conditions and with both players swiftly disposing of their caps to try and make the most of any light that might be they found it hard initially to score at the rate required. After a few overs of missing out with big heaves and after some comedy ‘shall we dance’ running the boundaries started to flow and there was a slim possibility of an unlikely win ensuing. Unfortunately that was as good as it got and Matt and Ollie were soon out going for big hits and the Whalers tail were left with a thankless task and we ended up on 190 all out.
Worcester Park 2nd XI: 224 for 8 (40)
Whalers: 190 a.o.
Man of the match: Kamal, excellent bowling spell including 2 wickets in 2 balls
Champagne moment: James M’s third catch, on the run and over the shoulder
Muppet moment: Matt and Ollie, ‘Shall we Dance’ running between the wickets