Elthorne C.C vs. Whalers C.C

Chiswick Civil Service Ground – 4th June 2005
Elthorne 141-7 (40 overs). Whalers 142-6 (34.1 overs). Whalers win by 4 wickets

Whalers scored their first win of the season in a testing, low scoring game in Chiswick. With Captain Bayne facing an unusual selection crisis (the dilemma being who to leave out), the team boasted a large number of old-timers. With Daddy Mildon given day release from the outlaws, a rare appearance from Clippy, and the President returning from overseas the Whalers had a distinctly retro 2001 look about them. Complete with the same haircuts that probably weren’t even fashionable back then. After a quick pep-talk (although no group huddle) from the skipper, he promptly lost the toss and we set about fielding under cloudy skies.

The Elthorne innings started slowly thanks to some sharp bowling from openers Osgood and Khalil. Just 13 runs came from the first 10 overs. The first breakthough was not to come until Mildon (8-2-23-2) replaced Osgood, with Oz snaffling a caught behind. Just as Elthorne looked to start scoring some runs, Clipsham struck at the other end with approximately ball 10 of one of his overs (and the incoming bat still had 2 balls to face). The brakes went back on and scoring ticked along at three or four an over with Hanmer picking up a wicket, and some sharp chances being spilled. Elthorne looked for tip and run singles, but the return of the opening bowlers brought wickets for Osgood (8-2-19-1) and Khalil (8-1-22-2). A notable wicket for Khalil with the last ball of his spell as Elthorne’s highest scoring batsmen top-edged a slower ball to Ads just behind square. Boundaries were few and far between as Elthorne finished on 141-7 from their allotted 40 overs. A tight performance in the field from the Whalers after being asked to bowl, but was our batting up to it?

After the first ball of the Whaler’s innings it seemed not, as Terrell having studiously avoided the ball in the field, edged to first slip, and Oz (having enjoyed his one ball rest) entered the fray to join skipper Bayne. Some classy shots from Oz dominated the partnership. The fun really started when the Elthorne spinner came into the attack with Oz facing. Analysis of the first over read: Drop catch, 4, 6, drop, 4, dot. The drops proved costly as Oz coasted to 51. However after three quick wickets, including Duncs running himself out for a duck after extolling the virtues of quick singles on the sidelines, and a dead crow falling out of a tree, the omens were not good, with a potentially tricky scoreline of 69-4. Dickenson and Hanmer nursed the score through three figures with scores of 32 and 10 respectively, before both fell in quick succession. This left the responsible fathers in the team Khalil, and not out specialist Mildon to guide their team home which they duly did with plenty of alarms to keep everyone interested, especially Sherratt who made sure he was fully padded up until the win was completed.

So the Whalers completed their first victory of 2005 with a very tidy team performance. Thanks to Elthorne for being so hospitable, and such commendable drinkers, tucking into another round at 1130pm as the remaining Whalers departed for tubes various. We look forward to the return fixture.

Al

Man of the match: Paul Mildon – batting and bowling contribution (Ed – Has anyone won man of the match before after dropping four catches?!)
Champagne moment: Khalil’s slower ball
Muppet: Khalil’s ‘camp flick’ in the run chase.

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