Whalers CC won by 78 runs
For my first game of the season I have to wonder how the Whalers haven’t gone undefeated this season cause this was the most complete whalers performance I’ve seen in the 30 odd matches I’ve played, The Batters all scored runs, the bowlers all took wickets and there was some very sharp catching. Only the fines kitty would be disappointed with a small return.
After a history of domination over our traditional rivals Salix they had beaten us twice in a row entering Sundays match held under overcast skies – defiantly time to get back to winnings ways against them.
Dan won the toss and opted to bat – Will and Al strode to the middle and proceeded to establish the platform with a solid first wicket stand of 60 in 16 overs. With wickets in hand and Dan yodelling something about how it was now a 20/20 batting situation Duncs took to the crease to help up the pace. Will also took up the call and started peppering a 20 degree angle on the leg side with a series of pull type shots that sailed to the boundary. Duncs was also looking in good touch timing it nicely including a cracking off drive. Both fell close together after a very handy partnership of 60 in 8 overs or so, Will top scoring with 67. Channa stepped up and hit his first ball for 6 over the longest boundary on the field into the wind, feeling confident he immediately started calling for drinks every couple of balls, none was provided. Stu was also at the crease and in the mood as he and Channa added 80 or so in the final 10 overs (the 3rd 50 partnership of the innings), Stu hitting 3 big sixes on the way to 60no including one on the back of what can only be described as a ballet pirouette pick up shot that cleared the clubhouse. Channa finished with a pb 24* as the Whalers racked up 213/3 off 35 overs.
A quick tea and it was into the field. Matt opened up and soon regretted they hadn’t varnished the stumps before play, their opener had a very good eye for the leave on several occasions. The first wicket fell when Channa lunged right and low at short cover to grasp a ripper. The other opener followed quickly when from the other end Dan took a similar effort from the same position. Matt took another when the number 4 hit a regulation catch up too long off and all was looking good but the number three was looking handy. Jiff came into bowl and bowled a decent one that the number 3 tried hitting into his favourite spot on the on side but caught a leading edge that travelled quick, low and right of Stu who was keeping – no worries, Stu thrusts down a glove and snaps it up – an awesome catch and perhaps the key moment of the match, there number three out for 40. Ben picked up the next – good catch in the deep off a skier by Matt who made amends for blotting the team copy book with an earlier drop. Kamal came on and immediately enticed an edge, more good catching from Stu and the game was pretty much over. Geoff bowled the number 8, Kamal out guiled the number 9 with a full toss that smashed the stumps and Dan mopped up the tail as the light rain started falling, only the number 11 offering any further resistance with a hard hit 22no.
Really a very good team performance
Whalers: 213 for 3 (30)
Salix: 135 a.o. (?)
Man of the match: Stu, Quick 60no and 3 good catches (and 2 drops!)
Champagne moment: Stu’s outstanding first catch to remove there top scorer
Muppet moment: Kamal’s matrix fielding