Energy Exiles win, 6 balls to spare.
The morning after the night before was not a pretty sight as Ad, Al and Osgood woke up at the Spiritual Home of the Whalers (16a Grove Hill Road) a tad worse for wear after the annual tequila fuelled summer BBQ. If only we were playing at Dulwich! It was off to Morden for a day when records were there for the taking. After 3 wins on the bounce a fourth Whalers win would allow a new chapter to be written in the annals of Whalers History definitely something to tell your grandchildren. It was a tough ask after being well beaten in last years encounter.
Mr Mildon lost the toss and we were put into bat on a muggy summers day with rain always threatening and a pitch where anything short came gift wrapped with four written all over it. Vanderpump and Osborne got us off to a shocking start with Oz giving catching practice to their bowler and Will to their wicket keeper in the first over leaving us 2 for 2. Gibbo went out to the middle with much promise – he had got home at 05.30 so surely he must get some runs. He played solidly with a bleary eyed Al trying to build a recovery partnership after the ship was rocked early doors. The scoring was slow with consistent line and length bowling from the Energy Exiles.
With the score at 25 for 2 off 11 overs the oppo bought on Douglas who bowled in an Ed Kirkness style with a real mix of balls one of which pitched in short nipped up and bit Al on the lip. The big man didn’t know much about it as he hit the deck and more importantly his stumps. With his lip split in two and a good healthy patch of blood on the pitch he limped off and was taken to hospital by Clippy. Two batsmen gone in one ball and things were not looking good. Piers then came in and hit a lovely 68 with a mixture of fine stroke play and good solid defence. The score was much improved at 120 in the 32nd over when Piers fell to a very good catch in the deep but still there was some impetus needed to the innings to get a total to defend. Hanmer with no form to speak of scored a quick fire 17 largely off the edge of his bat and pushed it along with Ed having been promoted up the order with a solid hard hitting 19. Mildon had a brief outing with the man from Nairobi to finish at 167 – 8 respectable after a wobbly start and two of our players in hospital.
Tea was taken along with some catching practice and it was out to defend this total.
Mildon and Osgood started well with some good pace and line and length. Osgood was particularly hot and targeted that corridor of uncertainty just outside off stump. He deserved more than his 23 runs off 8 overs (only 6 runs off the last 5). Kirkness was brought into the mix with the score ticking over at the asking rate. The spell was a usual mixture of good bad and indifferent. Not many chances were offered with Gibbo spilling the only one of note when the batsman went on to score unbeaten 71. A wicket which was desperately needed was delivered by Kamal with some great line and length bowling and a sharp slip catch (first and probably the last of the season) from Piers. Whalers were still very much in this game but wickets were needed. Cliphsam and Al rejoined the action with half the game left to play. Clippy came on and got a wicket to keep the Whalers hopes up but in the end it wasn’t enough with solid play from the energy exiles they steered the ship home with 6 balls to spare.
|Man of the Match:||Piers – 66 and a fine slip catch|
|Champagne moment:||Piers slip catch (genuine I might add!)|
|Muppet moment:||Al too busy thinking about his hot loving action the night before took one in the face|