Richmond Green – 7th May 2005
Whalers 122 all out, Cricketers 126-4. Cricketers win by 6 wickets
The 2005 season got properly under way as a mixture of Whalers old and new gathered in the sunny surroundings of Richmond Green. The pitch looked a vast improvement on last year’s minefield (you could actually see where it was, for starters), the oppo were tucking into the lagers, and Chris Sherratt was still in Camden trying to get his car out of his drive (allegedly he got stuck in his gateway and needed the RAC to come and release him, or something). Olly won the toss, and we were batting.
The Cricketers opening bowlers were handy, although not unplayable, but a combination of steady bowling and the odd freak bounce meant wickets fell regularly, with the top five all bowled. Geoff Judd and Duncs clumped a couple of boundaries each, Mike Dennis (26) and Ed (32) pushed things on well in the middle-order, and Khalil (19) and Dan Osgood (18) got us into three figures, but we still couldn’t last beyond 30 overs. Still, 122 all out was a lot better than last year.
We needed early wickets when the Cricketers batted, and a couple for Dan and a great catch by Geoff off Khalil kept things nicely balanced. But the Cricketers number 4 (who finished on 84 not out) got his eye in, and the only further success came when Olly sprinted 20 yards shouting “mine” to pouch a skier off Richard Giles. The Whalers fielded well throughout, but the end arrived with three huge sixes into the ranks of parked BMWs (we were playing in Richmond, after all) and we retreated to the bar to educate the debutants on the perils of arguing during the fines session.
|Champagne moment:||Geoff’s catch|
|Muppet:||Chris Sherratt for driving an MG and not being able to get it through his gate|
|Man of the match:||Dan Osgood|