Match report: Whalers vs Elthorne 25/05/02
For the first time in their short London based history, the Whalers were captained by Andy Clipsham, who made an impressive start by winning the toss. He chose to field.
The Whalers side was bristling with new talent, including an untried Antipodean contingent of whom great things were expected. Dan Osgood opened the bowling with his usual pace and verve, exposing early the unusual qualities of the pitch. It wasn’t long before the first Elthorne scalp was claimed – the left-handed no 2, bowled around his legs. There was good support bowling from Andy Clipsham, Piers and the two New Zealanders, Andy Beale and Paul McDonnell. All bowled tightly and sensibly but wickets were hard to come by as Elthorne played safe when they needed to and punished the bad balls. The pitch was a particularly bad one with the ball sometimes leaping off a length and sometimes dying on impact. Nevertheless, the Elthorne batsmen rode their luck and put on solid second and third wicket stands. Their number three skied a delivery from Paul McDonnell, caught by Ollie at wicket keeper, making some amends from his earlier drop. Their fourth batsmen eventually fell to a penetrating ball from Morgan.
Elthorne then continued to make runs at a steady rate – about 5 an over losing wickets at regular, if not frequent, intervals late in their innings with Piers claiming 3 scalps. The Elthorne no 1 proved a particular thorn in our side as he went on to post an unbeaten century – the first against the Whalers. Somehow 25 wides were conceded despite some seemingly pretty disciplined bowling, especially from the New Zealand boys. Elthorne managed to post a daunting 197-5, extras were again a disgrace – contributing 38 to the total.
The Whalers went out to bat knowing there was plenty of time and that it only needed 5 runs an over to coast home. We got to a flying start with Stuart Terrell racing to 50 in double quick time – he was eventually caught after contributing an impressive 56 to a first wicket partnership of 67 off 14 overs. The Elthorne bowling was weak without anyone possessing any particular pace or accuracy and the Whalers should have capitalised on this. Nevertheless, following Stuart’s departure a Whalers collapse par excellence ensued with first Duncan being well caught on the boundary and then Adrian followed after being undone by the vagaries of the pitch. The slide continued with only Ollie showing some resistance and keeping the run rate moving but he was run out attempting a foolish single. The middle and late order evaporated away with only Piers and Andy C providing some final resistance before the Whalers were finally all out for 139, with 8 overs remaining
|Man of the Match:||Stuart Terrell|
|Champagne moment:||Stuart’s sixes|
|Muppet moment:||Damien’s bowling|