Whalers Win by 8 wickets
On a chilly Sunday with jumpers a definite consideration the Whalers assembled at Chiswick keen to put an end to a recent run of poor form. Going against years of Whalers convention Rich won the toss and decided to have a bowl. Khalil and Clippy opened the bowling with the former looking very dangerous from the first ball. It wasn’t too long before he had his first scalp and in an extremely impressive manner. A good ball just outside off took the edge of the bat and flew low to the right of Duncs at slip. As the rest of the Whalers looked towards the boundary Dunc through out a right hand and took an incredible catch. “Best Whalers catch ever” was certainly heard from a few fielders. Khalil took another shortly after and Lucas took two in two balls when he was introduced to the attack. A third proved a bit too much despite the extremely attacking field. Despite the wickets falling the West number 4 looked very solid and punished anything loose so that by drinks they were 97-4 with the game very much in the balance. With orange cordial coursing through their veins the Whalers bowlers then started to up their game with a superb spell of bowling from Stu limiting the batsmen to 21 off his 8 overs and taking 2 wickets in the process. The other bowlers also slowed the run rate and Lucas took a couple of late wickets to see West XI finish on 182-8 from their 40 overs. With the pitch playing very true and a large and fast outfield this was certainly a gettable target.
The Whalers opened the batting with Duncs and season debutant Milanovic. The start was a brisk one with the newly named ‘Milanovic Paddle’ being employed to good effect. The signature shot was to be his undoing on 12 and that bought Dickenson to the crease. The two batsmen then proceeded to flay the bowling attack to all parts with a mixture of proper cricket shots and heaves. Al was eventually out for a fine 48 (jug avoidance) but Osborne continued the run fest. The target looked like it would be achieved within 30 overs before a check of the scoreboard revealed Duncs needed 15 for a maiden Whalers ton and only 20 runs were needed for victory. Cue some very unselfish defensive display from Kev (even defending balls way outside leg stump to prevent byes) and some nervous batting at the other end. The last four runs were all taken in singles (one per over) and just as everyone on the sidelines was about to fall asleep the hundredth run was scored. A great effort! Kev then duly smacked the next ball for 4 and we could all go and celebrate a fine victory and great performance from Mr Osbourne.
Champagne Moment – Duncan – ‘Wow, what a catch’
Muppet Moment – Clippy – Attempted run out without the ball which destroyed the stumps and left him with a dislocated finger / his ‘special’ shining trousers / bad chat “Come on Matt, grease up the harpoon”
MOM – Duncs, maiden century and superb catch