Report from memory. If anyone has the scorebook then can they add some figures at the appropriate times.
On a sunny(?) day at Dulwich, the team assembled to finish off last years rained off fixture against the boys from Brixton. With a 1pm start time quickly falling away, the skipper did the honourable thing and lost the toss allowing us to field whilst the other 7 players from their team sloped in.
After the standard start of wides, beamers and long hops, combined with the second string bowlers allowing their batsmen the option of destroying the conservatory at number 34, Brixton quickly whalloped their way to 150+ by the drinks break at 20 overs. Fearing the worst, Whalers turned to the spin twins of Hanmer and Dickenson to slow the pace. Some may have questioned the captains decision but would have had egg on their face as the boys returned with 6 wickets between them and reduced Brixton to a respectable, if slightly daunting 221(?). With their three key players rotating between bowler, wicket keeper and captain at steady intervals, Whalers were reduced to 15 for 2 with ducks for Gibbo and Dan Hall. New boy Paul stuck around to almost see off the left arm wizard but finally fell leaving Whalers at 35-3 with over a quarter of the overs gone. Enter El Presidenti to join Oz and through a mixture of wristy flicks and classy cover drives, the ship was steadied before Dickenson fell for a respectable 35 leaving Whalers needing 90 to win off the last 17 overs.
With Brixton having used their three main bowlers and with the Osbourne/Osborne partnership picking out the weak fielder with pinpoint accuracy the total was quickly knocked off with Whalers coasting to victory with 3 overs to spare. With Osbourne unbeaten on 89, the third win on the trot for the Whalers was celebrated with the first jug of the season.
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