Whalers vs Elthorne 31/05/03

Elthorne 194 all out; Whalers 195 for 10

On a stunning day in Perivale the Whalers gathered to put to rest the fielding woes of the previous week, and hopefully record a first victory in a Whalers Elthorne contest.

Although half the side failed to make the pre match fielding practice, it didn’t seem to affect standards too much, when, after the inevitable toss loss, we got to put our practice into, well, practice, straight away.

With Mildon leading the way and Clipsham also getting swing both ways, the early breakthrough came when the Elthorne opener and skipper mistimed a pull and skied it through to the keeper off Clipsham without scoring.

The Whalers proceeded to field to a standard that was most un-Whaler like for the rest of the innings, with Humphreys and Vanderpump particularly effective in the cover-point area.

Whilst Elthorne’s batsmen punished the bad balls the Whalers kept chipping away and took wickets regularly through the innings.  Mildon was particularly dangerous, but, as is often the case at this level, it was just as often the bad balls which got wickets.  To which, we come to Richie (most fines) Williams and Chris (orbit ball) Sherratt, who both bowled some good stuff during their spells, and some absolute shite to pick up three wickets apiece.

With the opposition quick to punish the slightest width with a wide call, the Whalers mopped up the last wicket in the final over, for a slightly disappointing total of 194.

Following tea, Whalers openers Vanderpump and Dickenson got us off to a solid start and were coasting serenely if a little behind the required rate when Will was lost to a fine catch at square leg for 15.

Osbourn came to the wicket and quickly moved to 16 before falling foul of the old dolly the crap ball straight to the fielder trick, which brought Hall in for a career high 19.

With Dickenson quietly accumulating at the other end things seemed nicely balanced until Hall and then Osborne were dismissed in rather quick succession (I’ll say no more Duncs). As the Whalers started to fall behind the run rate drastic action was required and Dickenson perished for a jug avoiding 49.

Williams and Morgan then set about restoring some pace into the Whalers innings with some excellent running between the wickets and some lusty blows, but wickets continued to fall (as well as catches) and we still had much to do.

With the departure of Williams, the opposition began to scent another victory, but Mildon had other ideas, forming valuable quick fire partnerships with Duckfreys, who must be in danger of shedding that tag for good, and finally, with Clipsham, whose last over 1 ball, 1 run effort got Mildon back on strike at the critical moment to strike the winning runs with a whole ball to spare.

The champagne moment also came in the run chase: an all run 4, which stato believes is another Whalers first.

The skipper then picked up the MOM award, with Duncs claiming Kermit and half the side scooting off to a gig being played by Duncs mate.

Thanks to Elthorne for such a close encounter in which cricket was surely the winner.


Man of the Match: Paul Mildon
Champagne moment: Running 4 (Clipsham & Mildon)
Muppet moment: Duncs


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