Morden won by 4 wickets
After 3 disappointing losses it was time to get back to winning ways, which was going to be a tough ask against Morden Corinthians whom we have never beaten. We turned up at Raynes Park with Nick and Laurence on debut, kindly filling in at the last minute. Ads as captain promptly won the toss and of course decided to bat, what else would a Whalers captain do? The pitch was made that bit more interesting in that it was marked up for a junior game, so with the stumps repositioned at full length it left a lot of room for confusion as to where the actual crease was at one end!
Stu and Dario stepped out to the usual lively accurate bowling of Morden’s openers, with a few overs bowled Dario had gone for a quack and Al had followed soon after without troubling the scorers. Mildon followed soon after for 7 leaving us in somewhat disarray at 22 for 3. Khalil came in and steadied the ship with a useful 18 before perishing to their number 1 strike bowler who bowled a tidy 8 overs straight through and ending with 4 wickets to his name. Stu followed soon after with a useful 24. Someone had to get a real score for us to get to any sort of total to defend, cometh the hour cometh the Whaler on debut. Lefty Lawrence batting at 6 struck a majestic 55, like a true Whaler, mixing it up with some sumptuous off drives, a good bit of playing and missing and the odd heave ho. Phil or should I say G. Boycott (5) did a great job of keeping the partnership going and defending at the other end. This partnership helped us get to 168 with a few runs here and there for the rest of the tail, notably 21 from Neil, including a rather large 6. Ads wicket (5) batting at 10 was celebrated by the bowler as if he had bowled the great B C Lara, if we had been playing football it would have been a yellow card for over celebrating! In addition to this there was an excellent comedy moment close to the end with Dario not having troubled the scorers found himself umpiring at the other end to his duck with unknown to him the invisible crease. Dario no balled a legitimate ball, which Ed had decided to slog down Mid On’s throat. After much confusion and laughter from the pavilion it was declared a dead ball and we added a few more vital runs before Neil was out in the 35th over (we were playing 40 for the record).
So we had a total but it was going to have to be something special to beat Morden from here. Khalil and Paul started well opening the bowling with Paul bowling particularly well, getting 3 wickets for only 27 runs off his 8 overs on the bounce. With Khalil striking himself and taking an excellent catch at point, wickets were falling with Ed chipping in with a wicket and Neil swinging the ball nicely but not getting any joy. With a couple of tough chances slipping by we got to drinks with 5 wickets down, 100 odd on the board and 22 oversbowled. We were still in the hunt but we would have to bowl them out. With Ads getting the 6th wicket it was game on. However, the left arm opening bowler came in and decided he was going to have a bit of a heave. We were running out of runs to play with and with some rather fortuitous big hitting he saw them home. If a few tough chances had been taken and we had batted out our 40 overs it may have been a different story – a sadly familiar story this season.
Whalers 168 all out
Mordern Corinthians 169 for 6
Man of the match: Lawrence for 55 on debut.
Champagne moment: Neil’s beefy 6 well over cow corner.
Muppet moment: After launching his 6 Neil tried it again next ball and he lost his grip and the bat flew to backward point – further than the ball!
For the statistician’s out there, a single was run…