Somewhere south of Croyden – 20th June 2004
Morden Corinthians 146-8 after 35.5 overs
A gloomy and overcast Sunday saw Whalers converging on the Corinthians’ ground somewhere South of Croyden. The morning had seen a flurry of showers but the rain seemed to have moved on and optimistic Whalers plastered on the suncream.
True to form and tradition, Bayne lost the toss and the home side chose to bat. The pitch looked challenging so having a chance to see how it would play was not altogether a bad thing. Osgood opened the attack with fiery aggression making full use of a ridge on the pitch that made the ball rear up off a full length. At times he was unplayable and Morden’s batsmen hopped about, played and missed and generally looked uncomfortable. The spell brought two good wickets. The skipper, seeing the advantages of having the pacier bowlers coming in from the ridge-assisted end employed the hitherto untried tactic of tying the oppo down at this end whilst offering them the temptations of the Whalers spin-twins Forte & Kamal at the other end.
After a shaky start, however, the Mordens consolidated with a good 5th wicket stand and with the Whalers heads were beginning to drop – along with a couple of chances – a tactical taken drinks break was needed. As so often happens, it provided the impetus for a flurry of wickets. The Whalers men took their chances as they had been doing the previous few weeks. With Pritchard bowling well on debut from one end, Kamal weaved his magic to take 4 wickets in his 7 overs. He formed a particularly handy partnership with Dickenson in gully where the big man took two smart chances.
Unfortuantely, the rain started to come down and became increasingly strong. The fall of 8th wicket saw the players retire for an early tea. But there was no let up – the rain continued to fall and after an hour or so, it was agreed no more play would be possible.
This was a great shame as, once again, the Whalers had played well to get themselves into a good position. With a good batting line up we had the ability to chase down a target of 150 or so and should have been confident of victory. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
|Man of the Match:||Kamal|
|Champagne Moment:||Al’s catch off Kamal|
|Muppet Moment:||Ollie dropping the ball after telling everyone to keep it off the ground|