The Whalers journeyed way up north battling rail replacement bus services, and the alarming realisation that most of the team were sober to face Octopus C.C on another cloudy day. After the routine losing of the toss, the team took the field with 8 players: Humphreys still dashing through red lights south of the river having confused the phrases meet time and wake up time and Sherratt lost in traffic.
It all started in spectacular fashion with Osgood and Mildon bowling at their best with Osgood wreaking destruction in his spell of 5-2-4-5. Bowling fast and straight and aided by 2 catches from Humphreys this was the first 5-wicket haul for a Whaler.
The skipper’s introduction of the change bowlers proved less than successful though as Sherratt and Clipsham were expensive as the Octopus middle order started playing some shots. The introduction of the new bowling talent of Humphreys righted the ship as he took 2-13 with debutant Kamal bowling tightly at the other end. With their middle order rally Octopus had climbed to 110 all out.
There have been some disappointing Whalers batting performances this season but this one just about took the biscuit. Indeed, if Mr Kipling made biscuits, this would have been categorised as a family size pack of Mr Kiplings. Desparate, stupid, self destructive, dismal are all words that could be used if I could put them into proper sentences. With Osbourn and Dickenson putting on 58 for the opening stand with relatively few alarms it all looked set fair against a solid but largely unthreatening bowling attack. However half an hour later, the Whalers were all out for 94, still sixteen runs short. For those who aren’t accountants that’s the last 9 wickets for 36 runs. On a slow pitch at well less than 3 an over required. The last four wickets went for 4 (2 of those thanks to wides). Not much more to say really apart from to note goldens for Gibbo and Humphreys, whose Whalers career as a wicketkeeper/batsmen seems to have come full circle to bowler/bunny.
So on a day of seemingly positive stats – first five wicket haul for Osgood, first ever Whalers 3 catches in the field for Humphrey’s (2 jugs in one game!) and Osbourn passing 200 runs for the season, the Whalers still managed to comfortably steal a defeat from the jaws of certain victory. OK, so it was a friendly and no-ones died or injured (apart from Mildon who managed to upper cut the ball into his head) but sometimes we might try and bat to at least look like we want to win a game.
Can I have my toys back now please?
|Man of the Match:||Dan Osgood’s five wickets|
|Champagne moment:||Dave’s catch diving backwards in the covers off Dan|
|Muppet moment:||Dave asking Sherratt to field at cover. He was bowling at the time.|
Al (still in a strop)