|Date:||18th May 2002|
On the back of last weeks performance some serious words were uttered by the captain to avoid a potential repeat. Unfortunately, due to his late arrival, these were only heard by himself and the random punters on the tube. However after winning their second toss in a row (this must be some kind of record!), Whalers were spurred into a controlled batting performance with an aim of lasting out until tea and posting a total in excess of 150.
A storming opening partnership between Osbourn and Vanderpump of 43 in 16 overs laid the foundation for the innings. Piers arrived at the dismissal of Vanderpump and scored a quick 13 in a partnership of 32 in 6 overs before being dismissed to the first of the dubious LBW decisions of the day (Hawkeye had it missing leg stump). Ian soon followed in similar fashion with Hawkeye having this one down to pass the wickets at head height This brought the recent signing from Cheam to the crease who showed great flair with two fours square of the wicket. However overconfidence, often a problem with some of the greats, was again his downfall and was dismissed when, on facing a straight ball, he tried to hit the cover of the bastard. Osbourn soon followed after a great knock of 56 to leave Whalers on 105/2 after 32 overs.
A quick fire 30 followed between Ollie and
Al which was again ended with Ollie trying to put the ball into next week. Andy Clipsham started in impressive style with a three off his first ball and entertained the crowd with dives, somersaults and his general tactic of defending the bad ball and hoiking anything of good line and length. His run back to the pavilion earns particular comment as, after attempting a suicidal third run, he followed it up with the comment ‘I didn’t think the fielder would throw that’ prompting Al to arrange some midweek ‘Know you Game’ coaching. A final flourish from Mildon left Whalers on a score of 167-9 dec at tea.
With Ed Kirkness in fiery form, Whalers started with a first over wicket prompting comments that we could be in for a quick victory and a rematch in the five a side. However we soon found out that England’s 12th man had taken a leave of absence from the Lords test to get
some match practice. After taking 4 for 11 off 11 overs with the ball, he then proceeded to build a substantial innings giving little optimism to the fielding unit. It became apparent that to win this game we would have to remove his batting support and leave him stranded.
Good bowling from Kirkness, Mildon, Clipsham, Morgan and Sherrat offered chances in the field which were squandered and the score began to gain momentum. Needed around 5/over from the last twenty Emmanuel cruised to a victory with 8 balls to spare despite Osbourn best attempts to remove the batsmans head with rocket paced beamers in bad light. Extra again made a significant contribution to the score with 25 and brings the season total to 76 after three games. Something to work on there for the next match.
Overall a much improved performance from Whalers but still a need to score a bit quicker with the bat and to be a bit sharper in the field to bring up the first victory of the season.
|Champagne moment:||Superb runout by Al with only one stump to aim at|
|Comedy moment:||Andy’s commando roll|
|Man of the match:||Paul Osbourn for making our first half century of the season|