Whalers lose by 4 wickets.
A warm and muggy day saw the Whalers head North of town for the first time this season. Hangovers there were aplenty but the Whalers were keen to purge the memories of a painful defeat at Octopus last year and to put an end to a run of disappointing results.
Skipper Mildon, continued his good work with the thumb by winning the toss; he elected to bat. The Whalers top order held reasonably firm in the face of an excellent opening spell but runs hard to come by and wickets inevitably tumbled. At the half way stage we had struggled to 58 for 3, with Paul Osborne making a valuable contribution of 21. The loss of our third wicket saw the arrival of the Welsh wizard who waved his wand for some hefty blows bringing the run rate along to more respectable levels. Unfortunately, no-one else managed stick around much – a combination of poor shots and farcical running left us reeling at 105 for 9 – barely enough to defend. Fortunately, Clipsham and Kamal added some face with a valuable 20 for the last wicket: there was some fine stroke play and some not so fine running. It was all over at 125 – hardly a towering total, but something for the Whalers pacemen to bowl at: we’d done it before.
And the Whalers opened in exactly the right fashion. Mildon lead the way by ripping through their opener’s defences with his second ball and Clipsham followed his example by producing a wicket with his first ball. At 0 for 2, 125 seemed a long way off for the Octopi. Mildon continued to bowl well, yielding only 17 off his eight overs and was again unlucky not pick up more wickets. Octopus restored some stability to their innings with a stand of 46. But fortunately for all, the annoying glove-fiddling and pitch-prodding number 4 was mercifully bowled off a full toss by Kirkness. The full toss ploy was applied with the very next ball to dispatch the incoming batsmen immediately: he muttered menacingly, but vainly, about the sightscreen and stormed off. At 46-4 Whalers were very much in the ascendancy. Kirkness struck again with a vicious lifter that caught the glove of their No 3 who was caught behind. Just rewards for a good spell from Kirkness.
And further success was soon to follow as Octopus were left struggling at 65 for 6 after a fine pick up and throw from Paul Osborne caused a run out. The Whalers knew another hard won victory was in their grasp. But alas it was not to be. An excellent 7th wicket partnership full of clean hitting and good running saw the Octopus home with 5 overs to spare.
|Man of the Match:||Ritchie Williams|
|Champagne moment:||Paul Osborne run out|
|Muppet moment:||Ed Kirkness trying to bowl in a hat, twice.|