Morden Corrinthians 179 for 3; Whalers 162 all out
It wasn’t the most auspicious of starts for the Whalers 2003 season. Managing to find 10 souls to make it to Richmond at the end of April proved a major feat (B and Q had a big sale on – a captains nightmare). However despite the lack of numbers this was a good old fashioned Whalers performance of dropped catches, head in clouds batting and muppet moments, which will keep the end of season bash in beers, for an hour or so anyway.
It seemed like a new dawn with a new skipper winning the toss however the election to field was debatable (especially considering the clubs record at chasing totals) and it appeared that such a position had not befallen a Whalers captain to sek advice. Morden were fed a few nice long hops and full tosses along the way and the umpires kept themselves warm signalling the wides whilst the scoreboard kept ticking over. Unfortunately poor fielding again cursed the bowlers and a number of regulation catches were put down. The breakthrough finally came with a catch from Ed off Mildon’s bowling. Mordens innings continued in a steady manner with the number 3 scoring a hard hitting 66 not out and whilst Dave and Kamal both picked up wickets Whalers were unable to tighten the screw. Good bowling figures from most players but not the wickets that were required meant Morden managed to finish on 179-3 off their 40 overs (well 43.4 overs if we count the extra deliverys we kindly bowled !!)
A fantastic tea was soon polished off and Duncs and Gibbo set off to start the run chase. Things looked good and, despite Gibbo being up at 5am playing Twister with a couple of ladies and having ditching the hiking boots for the new season, a partnership developed. Kamals itchy finger at umpire soon broke this giving Duncs LBW with the score at 25 and it sort of went downhill from them on. Despite assurances that we had learnt from past mistakes far too many batsmen were watching the planes coming in to land at Heathrow and soon the score was 61-6. Enter Kirkness. Ed’s batting has not kept the scorers busy in past years however keeping to a well worked plan of twatting everything. With one end making singles the other scoring 6’s and suddenly it seemed not a lost cause. Kirkness finally fell for 34 trying one heave too many and Clipsham fell soon after bringing Duckfreys to the crease.
What followed was as fine a display of late cutting from Mildon and paddling from Duckfreys to keep the required run rate at 4 an over. Unfortunately in the end Duckfreys holed out to cover and the lack of an 11th player left us on 162 all out. Defeat was tasted but at least we seemed to find a tail that can wag – a little anyway.
|Man of the Match:||Paul Mildon|
|Champagne moment:||Ed Kirkness batting performance|
|Muppet moment:||Kamal full length dive whilst attempting a run|