Whalers CC won by 67 runs
Excellent recruitment work by Toby and Will R during the week meant that 11 Whalers turned up on Saturday to do battle with Streatham & Marlborough, and once we’d all been introduced to each other we were ready to start (those of us who had arrived on time, and not passed out drunk again earlier that morning).
Ollie and debutant Charlie Dewhirst opened the batting, but we were soon struggling at 13-2. Kev Albery (another debutant) joined Ollie and scored a fluent 20, before falling to the second-slowest ball of the day shortly after drinks, while Ollie was eventually caught for an aggressive 62, having used up most of his nine lives along the way. Further contributions from Toby (22), Khalil (30*) and Dan saw us to 169-8 at the end of our 35 overs – probably a defendable total on a fairly green wicket.
In reply, Streatham & Marlborough got off to a slow start against excellent bowling from Khalil, Will R, and Kyle Hogg (another debutant – we are assured he isn’t related to Roland Hogg, even though a family resemblance might have been detected in their collective failure to trouble the scorers when batting). The ground fielding was extremely tight, and Khalil took an excellent catch in the covers off Will (who finished with 2-16 from his 7 overs) to dismiss their dangerous-looking number 4. The prize wicket fell to our fourth debutant, Ockert Doyer, who in the best Whalers fashion flummoxed the oppo skipper with a variety of deliveries before doing him with the straight one.
By drinks Streatham & Marlborough were well behind the run rate, and further good bowling from Kamal and Dan continued to keep them pegged back. Something in the drinks seemed to affect our catching though, with a succession of chances going begging, including a juggling effort (was it three drops? Four drops? The post-match fines committee were undecided) from Kev in the slips. With the Whalers bowlers seemingly unable to hit the three wooden things, and the batsmen not really connecting with the red round thing, the main entertainment was provided by Toby’s efforts behind the stumps, as he proceeded to stop the ball with virtually every part of his anatomy except his hands. Eventually the overs ran out with the oppo still 67 runs shy, at 102-5 from their 35 overs.
Whalers CC: 169-8 from 35 overs (Ollie 62, Khalil 30*, Toby 22, Kev Albery 20)
Streatham & Marlborough: 102-5 from 35 overs (Will 2-16, Dan 1-11, Khalil 1-17)
Man of the match: Ollie Bayne
Champagne moment: Khalil’s catch off Will
Muppet moment: Toby’s Teflon-coated efforts behind the stumps