Whalers win by 8 wickets
A late cancellation by Morden resulted in the Whalers team travelling outside the M25 for the first game of the season for a game against Warfield’s Sunday side.
Following a somewhat suspicious universal failure of various team members’ sat nav systems the first challenge of the day was finding the ground, but with the majority of the team making it by the start, we were only missing our Captain, opening bowler and master spinner. They arrived just short of embarrassing late, however without time to change Matt marched out to the middle in his lumberjack costume. Winning the toss he took the grassy wicket and overcast conditions into consideration and opted to put Warfield into bat.
Following some vague fielding placements the Whalers got under a great start with Khalil bowling one of the opening batsmen in the opening over and Dan bowling taking the second shortly after.
Their number three batmen soon upped the scoring rate, but wickets fell around him as Dan and Khahil continued to pluck off the top order.
Time for a change of bowling. With a slightly damp wicket Rob struggled for grip in his grey Reebok classics but managed to take the wicket of the dangerous number 3 with an ingenious leg side delivery that ricocheted off of the batmen’s outstretch foot, flew between his legs and cannoned into the off stump.
Bowling up the hill Ed employed his usual mix of long hops (now known as the slower ball bouncer), good(ish) balls and beamers to pick up a couple of wickets. Following one wicket one of the oppo’s shorter batsmen strode to the crease, with clear instructions: “what ever you do don’t bowl a beamer” Ed proceeded to ‘pitch’ the ball at eye level.
The Whalers fielded well and Dario took some impressive ‘proper cricket’ catches at first slip, but the less said about the number of wides and drop catches the better.
With Jon picking up the final wicket Warfield ended their innings on 95 all out after 25.5 overs. With good old Mr Extras top scoring with 30!
Following somewhat controversial decision to delay tea until after the Whalers innings Dickenson and Forte made their way to the middle as the rest of the team shivered in the cold wind donning any jumper they could get their hands on.
Al got the scoring off to a great start with some blistering fours supported by Dario until the latter was bowled on 14. Dickenson looked in form to make his 50 before exposing his stumps and falling 9 short.
Pip then proceeded to use every possible edge of his bat to make his way to 22 with Toby striking a couple of strong fours before we reached the required total after 17.2 overs.
Whalers win by 8 wickets.
The tea having defrosted we settled down to an array of home made sandwiches, cakes and then some more sandwiches.
Whalers vs Warfield (10 overs – unofficial fixture)
With time still on our side it was decided that we would have an unofficial 10 over 1 over per bowler game. The Whalers opted to bat first continuing down the batting order from where we left off.
Jon and Rob opened the batting with Jon hogging the strike he smashed a string of 4s before an enormous 6 that almost took the lives of 3 small children playing some way beyond the boundary. Jon was retired at 26. Ed was up next scoring 21 including one into the road over long off before getting caught. Dan didn’t hang around long (golden duck). Matt also made a handy 20, with Kamal, Khalil, Dario all contributing runs before falling. Al and Pip ended up not out at the end of the 10th with the Whalers having posted an impressive total of 116.
With Dan behind the stumps we started with the odd opening bowling pair of Al and Dario. In what must be a first the score book reads Bowled Dickenson Stumped Osgood.
With good bowling contributions from all of the team and some good ground fielding Warfield finished the 10 overs on 52.
Whalers win by 64 runs.
Whalers: 98 for 2 (X overs)
Warfield: 95 all out (X overs)
Champagne moment: Dario’s second slip catch off Jon. Notable mention of Jon’s massive 6
Muppet moment: Ed’s “don’t bowl a beamer” beamer delivery
Man of the Match: Khalil bowling (6-1-17-3)
Notable scores (official game):
Al – 41 runs
Pip – 22 runs
Ed – 13 for 3 (3 overs 0 maidens)
Khalil – 17 for 3 (6 overs 1 maiden)
Dan – 9 for 2 (4 overs 1 maiden)