31st July 2005;
The Glaxo Sports Ground, Greenford
Whalers 217 all out off 39.4 Overs; Salix 180 for 9 off 40 Overs; Whalers win by 37 runs
On an uncharacteristic cloudy day, Whalers showed up for the annual battle with Salix at the glorious Glaxo ground. Maybe it was the weather or maybe the general failure to read Al’s email but an unheard of nine Whalers were present before the meet time. Although most seemed dazed and confused, a quick game of Frisbee and some Ashley Giles spin bowling in the nets Whalers v Salix brought everyone round.
With the pitch looking soggy and the familiar windows looking attractive at cow corner, the skipper elected to lose the toss and be put into bat. An unfamiliar opening partnership of Dario and Duncs lasted as long as Strauss and Trescothick facing Glenn McGrath and with an unsightly heave across the line from the skipper, we were staring down the barrel of 30-3. Up stepped Dan and Geoff to steady the ship with some straight batting, flat bat slogging and non-existent running. With the bowling flagging and the partnership closing in on a magical 100, Geoff decided enough was enough and ran himself out for a very respectable 58.
Up stepped Ed who tried in vain to find the middle of the bat on the slog heave and succeeded slapping a quick fire 26 before missing a straight one and refusing to walk. With Dan still managing the tail, things looked good for a score in excess of 250 but some straight bowling and interesting shot selection restricted the Whalers to 217 all out in the final over with Dan departing for this season’s high score of 77.
After tea and cakes, Whalers opening-bowling attack of Khalil and James bowled beautifully with the first 10 overs going for under 30 with few scoring chances being offered and all edges being avoided. Excellent support was offered from Clippy and Kamal and at drinks, Salix were 54-3 and in need of a heroic 20 over slog to get to the target. Up stepped the Aussie ringer and with some mighty heaves down the ground and general disdain for any pitched up bowling, Salix closed to within 100 with 10 overs left. However the pressure began to tell and the antipodean ringer finally fell to Al’s plan, executed by Dan and held superbly by Ed at fine leg. With the partnership broken, all that remained was for the few remaining wickets to be rounded up and Dan to cripple the number eleven with a fast one to the plums.
All in all a very enjoyable match played in good spirits.
|Man of the match:||Dan for a cracking 77|
|Champagne moment:||Ed’s catch at fine leg|
|Muppet:||Ed kicking the ball for two for the opposition|