Whalers 190-6 (35) beat Salix 151ao (31.4) by 39 runs.
The Whalers defeated Salix in a closely fought match in deepest darkest Harlington.
Winning the toss and electing to bat captain Gilo got off to a fast start opening with Dario and racing along to 43 before the Salix bowlers established some control after both Dario and Gilo were out in quick succession. Thereafter Kev and Oz set about rebuilding and after the drinks break pushing on, which we did with some success running between the wickets especially well. Kev top scored with 59 and with lively cameos from Oz (19) and Al (23) we posted a respectable 190-6 off the allocated 35.
A great start from Khalil and Matt restricted Salix early on in their reply, with Gilo running out one of their openers for a duck. Wickets for Matt and Duckfreys kept the pressure on, but luck was not on the Whalers side as Kev behind the stumps deflected an edge directly onto Dario’s face at first slip and Dario had to leave the field for some ice and rest. Fortunately the sub fielder Salix kindly lent us was on hand a few overs later to catch his cousin out at point and Salix looked in some trouble at 65 for 4.
Thereafter a solid partnership developed between Lumsden and Padmore; Salix kept well up with the required rate, and a tight finish loomed. Dario could find only a large pair of undergarments to hold the ice and it looked like his day would conclude crying into his pants. However Gilo returned to take the crucial wicket of Lumsden clean bowled after a stand of 74, and recalled Matt to finish the job which he did to devastating effect in a second spell of 4 wickets for no runs off 10 balls to finish with match figures of 5-12.
Man of the match: Matt Lucas (5/12)
Champagne moment: Rich’s catch
Muppet moment: Kev – flicking the ball into Dario’s eye and subsequent failure to write this match report