Whalers win by 3 wickets
Despite being a Saturday with B and Q open Whalers still managed to get 11 players to Dulwich unfortunately they were not all at the right ground, despite this being a home fixture, or on time. Furthermore as with all English cricketers the faces fell further when we found an opposition being a blend of Australian, New Zealand and South Africans. Still normality was set with the loss of the toss and another chance to field first.
The return of our man in Nairobi reinstated the opening pair of Mildon and Osgood which had benefitted many a runfest in previous years. A couple of early breakthroughs from Mildon seemed to put Whalers into the ascendance however the Cricketer’s no. 3 hit 20 off the 5th Mildon over and that was that. Williams had to leave the pitch for a brief spell after a dodgy Japanese the night before and this inspired Osgood to take 2 quick wickets. Only Ritchies return prevented the hat trick. Things were kept tight by Kirkness and Humphreys until S King 2 came to the crease. With a quite awesome display of batting the Cricketers managed to keep the scoreboard rotating at a regular pace. A numbers of keen Alan Titchmarsh’s in Dulwich will be cursing Kirkness after 4 balls were lost into various gardens in the area. However he did get his revenge with a fantastic catch at mid-wicket to dismiss King for 70 off the consistent bowling of Ritchie Williams who finished with 3-15. Sherratt finished things off with his usual array of bowling culminating in a wonderful full toss that dipped to clip the top of the off stump. Cricketers finishing on 179 all out with the fielding of Whalers again aiding this total.
The one thing that Whaler’s captains (both of them) have said is that if we bat for 40 overs we can chase any total. Al and VDP actually listened and batted well for 14 overs defending the good ball, playing the bad ball and offering the odd slip catch every now and then. Unfortunately Al finally edged one and was caught for 27 with the toatl on 61. Duncs went in a hit out making a fast 38. Kamals promotion to number 4 to allow him to go to a party led to 0 runs but more jelly and ice cream whilst Olly Baynes new bat beautifully chipped the ball like a nine iron to mid off. Osgood soon chipped the ball the cover this time and the run chase stuttered as usual. At 121-5 Ed Kirkness came to the crease and the crowd wondered if the last week had been an anomoly. It wasn’t another firey 20 brought Whalers passed 150 and his dismissal for 20 brought the skipper to the wicket to join Richie. So cleverly placed dolly catches tht fall just in front of the fielders mixed with sensible batting bbrought the total slowly closer. Victory finally came in the 36th over with 3 fours in a row, and only one of them through the slips. This is the highest total Whalers have chased and makes you realise that sometimes the skipper does know what he is talking about.
|Man of the Match:||Richie Williams|