Whalers C.C. versus Not Quite XI. 

Not Quite XI – 173 all out

Whalers C.C. 177 for 7

 Whalers won by 4 wkts

After a convincing win against long-time opposition Salix the previous week, the Whalers faced an unknown quantity in the never before faced Not Quite XI.  We were (unreliably) informed prior to the match that the team we were facing were a “shambolic operation” who could only field 10 players, so confidence before the toss was high.  Spirits were dampened somewhat though when late arriving captain, Ad contrived to lose the toss on a scorching hot day – vicious rumours that he had won the toss and chosen to field first were later proved to be unfounded.

The Whalers took to the field with 10 players as Australian ringer Wazza had fallen foul of the London transport system, but with another antipodean soon to enter the fray to join fellow “Ozzie” Jeff, the Whalers still felt confident that they would come out on top.

Khalil and Rich opened the bowling with some very tight overs to provide a promising start for the home team, however the Not Quite openers soon found their feet and looked well set until Khalil trapped Benbow lbw.

The Whalers improved fielding showed with debutant Wozza taking a fantastic diving catch off the bowling of Clippy.  Soon however, the Not Quite middle order started to notch up a few runs before Ads brought himself on to bowl, taking four wickets from five overs, standout wickets included a typically nonchalant catch by Khalil taken off a rasping cover drive, and a beautifully disguised slower full toss which hit half way up middle stump.

The pick of the bowlers though was Khalil who kept the run rate down and mopped up the Not Quite tail with some fantastic swing bowling, finishing up with a caught and bowled to leave the Whalers chasing a target of 173.

Having been told by the oppo that their team consisted of eight batsmen and only two bowlers the Whalers felt that they could comfortably reach their target within the forty overs.  Al and Will strode out to open and were both looking in good touch until Al was bowled by a beauty.  After Duncs fell without troubling the scorers and Ad was bowled for 7 the Whalers looked in trouble and a lot depended on Khalil, promoted up the order to number five, performing as well with the bat as he did with the ball.  The task was made even more difficult after Will’s innings was cut short by a muscle strain , and some over enthusiastic running by Phil.

Khalil was unfazed though and went on to make a Whalers career best 63 with some powerful hitting.  When Khalil was finally dismissed Rich and Wazza came together at the crease with some work still to do, but between them they racked up the remaining runs in quick time to give the Whalers a well deserved 4 wicket win.

Man of the match – Khalil for his three wickets, three catches and 63 runs

Champagne moment – Wazza’s diving, over the shoulder catch

Muppet moment – Phil’s overly enthusiastic running between the wickets

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