Westminster University Sports Ground, Chiswick – 10th July 2005
Whalers 210 all out; Mighty Wanderers 122 all out; Whalers win by 88 runs
For a third consecutive week, the Whalers juggernaut rolled into the plush suburbia of Chiswick. Bright skies and strong team had the Whalers in high spirits and hungry for victory.
Things got off on the right track when the skipper won the toss and, noticing the hot sunshine all around, decided it was best to bat. Dario and Ollie strode out to the crease full of purpose and determined to build a good foundation for the team. The Wanderer’s opener was quickly on the mark and posing some difficult questions however, the openers were able to able to reach 50 without loss after 10 overs with Dario being particularly tough on anything wayward. But we Whalers don’t like to make life easy for ourselves and having advertised our own weakness against spin on the website, we were subjected to 15 consecutive overs of the stuff (7 of which game from a female which was a new, if rather nerve-wracking experience). True to our word, the runs completely dried up and we lost two wickets – wild swipes that were snaffled in the field (the visitors took their catches well). But fortunately managed to avoid our instigating our customary collapse although we teetered on the brink at times. With Dario holding up one end and keeping things ticking along (just), eventually the runs began to pick up again. However, wickets did fall at regular intervals and it was never clear that we would tally a big enough total. There were nonetheless valuable contributions from Geoff & Toby which kept a decent score with our grasp. But it was vintage Kamal-Osgood stuff full of ruthless clubbing from Dan and reckless running from both of them that, taking full advantage of the Wanderer’s customary tour of bowlers, took past the 200 mark to 210 all out. The 10th wicket stand also saw a searing Kamal cover drive that posted his first ever Whalers four.
After tea, a fired up the Whalers set out secure their fourth victory of the season. However, neither James Gould nor Khalil were able to make the breakthrough in the first 10 overs. With the Wanderer’s No1 looking in particularly ominous form and with Whalers contributing generously with wides and no-balls, it looked far from certain that we would be able to maintain our unbeaten run against the Wanderers. It was getting scrappy in the field and heads were dropping but the introduction of Dan and Geoff heralded a new phase in the game and despite two dropped chances behind the stumps we dislodged the No. 2. Following this breakthrough and with Dan and Geoff bowling in tandem we ripped the heart out of the Wanderer’s response – the key moment being Geoff’s bowling of the remaining opener. Dan in particular gave the batting side plenty to think about. Kirkness had just enough time to throw down a few ‘Sherrat balls’ par excellence and pick up a wicket before Kamal’s sensational direct hit (another Whalers first) and a final wicket for Geoff saw the visitors all out for 122.
The margin of victory suggests an easier result than it was: we worked hard for this win and were tested by a strong Wanderers side.
|Man of the match:||Dan Osgood|
|Champagne moment:||Kamal – his four and his run out|
|Muppet:||Geoff’s wild overthrow for 4|