Whalers lose by runs
After some fixture and date based confusion during the week, it was a pleasant surprise when 11 Whalers turned up at Teddington for a re-arranged fixture against Charing Cross Medics. Matt was vice-captain for the day and duly lost the toss and on a hot afternoon we were asked to run around the huge outfield. This wasn’t entirely a bad thing as he had 8 recognised bowlers to employ.
Khalil and Paul opened the bowling and kept things very tight and were unlucky not to take a wicket, one edge from Khalil’s bowling flying between keeper and slip. Matt and Neeraj (on his Whalers debut) were the next bowlers to be thrown the ball and both took a wicket in their first overs. Matt followed up with another one and at drinks the opposition had been limited to 65-3. Dan in his new role of batting all-rounder carried on the good work after drinks and exploited the uneven bounce in the pitch to take a couple of wickets. In amongst the falling wickets the Medics Number 5 batsmen Wahid had stuck around and was now starting to open his shoulders. He eventually fell for a good 67 off some good bowling from Clippy who then proceeded to wrap up the tail and finished with excellent figures of 3-15. Thanks to Wahids batting however the Medics had posted a reasonable total of 154 off 38.3 overs.
This was certainly a gettable total despite a little unevenness in the pitch however the Whalers batting woes from earlier in the season returned with a vengeance. When Al was dismissed for 4 in the 3rd over little did he think he would be the top scorer out of the first 6 batsmen to be sent back to the pavilion. This was what indeed happened however as the Whalers Number 2,3,4 and 7 batsmen failing to trouble the scorers and Number 5 only making 1. So with the score at a shocking 6-6 Dan joined Paul at the crease and proceeded to restore some respectability to the total. They were batting very nicely and had added 58 when Dan was unluckily caught in the covers off a double bouncer. Cue a second collapse and the Whalers were all out for 74 with Paul stranded on 32 not out. All in all a very disappointing finish to a day that had started very promisingly.
Old foes Salix are next to come so lets hope we get back to winning ways.
Charing X Medics: 154 a.o. ( 38.3overs)
Whalers: 74 a.o. (29.2 overs)
Man of the match: Clippy 3 wickets and 3 catches
Champagne moment: Matt’s inswinging Yorker to dismiss the Medics opener
Muppet moment: The Top order – 6/6