Whalers vs Strollers 06/07/03

Strollers 256 for 7, Whalers 71 all out.

It was a fine Sunday afternoon but omens were not good as our star player Gibbins had to withdraw due to a mystery accident the day before.

There was another hitch – Andy Clipsham was late with the much-anticipated teas. He turned up eventually to everyone’s relief and the match got under way.

As expected, the pitch was in a terrible state and the outfield was equally bad.

We lost the toss as usual and were asked to take the field.

Williams opened the bowling and did not find the pitch to his liking. He persisted however and made the breakthrough by having their no.1 batsman brilliantly caught at slips by Nelson.

Things went downhill from there and rest of the innings was carnage as visitors piled on more runs and reached 256 for the loss of 7 wickets.

There is nothing much to write home about our batting display. Debutant Mehul Patel batted defiantly for 20 and was given out LBW, yes LBW. Stand in skipper Baynes tried in vain to save the day and was bowled for 18. None of our rest of the batsmen reached double figures and we were all out for 71.

Baynes vowed never to skipper the team again let alone play – until next season.

If only Gibbins had turned up!

Man of the Match: Mehul Patel
Champagne moment: Clippo’s Direct Hit
Muppet moment: Clippo’s “Worst Dolly Ever”


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