Whalers win by 88 runs
8 (yes, 8) Whalers converged on the Civil Service Ground to take on new opposition Lionel Length. The oppo had graciously agreed to lend us a player, and so the 9 of us were put in to bat after Al lost the toss. The opening bowlers initially proved a little difficult for Dario and Stu to get away,and in the 3rd over Dario was out caught behind for 6. This brought Al to the wicket and with some calm assurance, he and Stu began to push the ball about. With the score on 81, and the oppo’s accurate and wily spinner Marrow requiring great concentration, Al was caught behind for 26 cutting at a short ball. Kev then came out and started in a very circumspect manner (he was very tired, apparently – bless!). Meanwhile, Stu was striking the ball well, but got carried away and was the 3rd consecutive Whaler to be caught behind, for 44, chasing a very wide delivery. Channa came in and in his 2010 season style, promptly hit five boundaries in a row. Meanwhile, Kev was quietly piling on the runs, making lie very difficult for the opposition bowlers. He passed 50, and when Channa was out (you guessed in – caught behind!), he was joined by Dan. By now Kev was looking in great form, and when Dan was out, the Lionel Length player Richard came out to join him. He struggled initially to get bat on ball, and many would accuse Kev of farming the strike during their partnership – before mercilessly running our new recruit out with 2 overs to go! By now, the score was up over 190, and we eventually finished on 214 for 7, with Kev on 84*.
After tea, the Whalers had to take rather a long look at themselves and decide how they would get through the overs with 9 (+1 fielder), considering the number of injured players – Kev (shoulder), Stu (back), Dario (back), Dan (groin (we think – that’s where he kept ‘massaging’)). However, Khalil and Ben both proved to be in top form with the ball, and proceeded to cause many problems for the Lionel Length top order. Ben accounted for the openers, and Khalil, whilst not getting a wicket in his first spell, bowled with real venom. Then Dan came in and bowled one spell, off three paces, of 7 overs, taking 2 for 17. His impressive spell stifled the batsmen, and Richard (the new recruit) bowled some decent medium pace from the other end. Stu (2 for 24) and Dario (2 for 27) then chipped in with a couple of wickets apiece, and finally Ben (3 for 18) and Khali (1 for 11) came back to finish the job.
Overall, it was a very strong all-round team performance. The 8 regulars and new recruit all contributed well with bat, ball or both, and the final result was a victory by 88 runs. Kev then deservedly swept the board for the awards – MoM, Champagne Moment (classic cover drive for 4 to bring up his 50) and Muppet Moment (running out he player they had o graciously donated us).
Whalers: 214 for 7 (35 overs)
Lionel Length: 126 a.o. (? overs)
Man of the match: Kev Albury 84*
Champagne moment: Kev Albury Classic cover drive for four to bring up 50
Muppet moment: Kev Albury Running out their generously loaned player