, 8 Jul 2006 SBU, Dulwich
Whalers win by 25 runs
Whalers C.C. 213ao (39.2 overs)
FCO C.C. 188-7 (40 overs)
Personal best scores from Andy Nelson and Khalil combined with mostly disciplined bowling continued the Whalers winning form with their fourth win on the bounce against new opposition the FCO.
Captain Hanmer won the toss on a cloudy day and with another strong batting line-up waiting in the wings had no hesitation in deciding to bat on a traditionally batting friendly SBU track. Oz and Stu got the innings off to a flyer with boundaries aplenty as 35 runs came off the first five overs. The fast start didn’t last long though as Oz perished giving catching practice off a full toss and Stu gloved one behind down leg for 33. This brought together Al and unlikely batting star Andy Nelson who proceeded to add 68 with little fuss. Nelson, defending the good ball and dispatching anything loose with a trademark leg side swipe was almost beginning to look like a number three batsmen. The Whalers looked well set at 118-2, but Al’s departure for a scratchy 25 led to a flurry of wickets and with FCO’schange bowlers looking more effective than the openers, the game slowed as FCO fought their way back into the match.
Duncs, making a welcome return from injury, managed just a single and Ads 10 as the middle order fell away somewhat, and when Nelson was bowled for a career best 42 an excellent start had become 151-7, and still 12 overs of the allocated 40 remaining. The Whalers bat all the way down though and the triumvirate of Osgood, Judd and Khalil added valuable runs. Khalil in particular looked solid adding a vital Whalers best 34 that was to prove crucial in the context of the game. Andy Clipsham made his first runs of 2006 (a stylish 2 off the glove down to fine leg) as he provided valuable support for Khalil at the death. When Khalil gave a simple caught and bowled in the final over, the Whalers had made their way to 213 all out, a competitive total.
With new ball partners of yesteryear, Khalil and Dan, reunited, the Whalers made a lively start against the FCO openers. Despite some attacking strokeplay Dan was first to break through clean bowling the FCO number two and breaking a bail in the process. Khalil’sexcellent spell went unrewarded at the radio mast end. With Andy Clipsham replacing Dan the Whalers looked to retain the pressure as FCO drifted behind the required rate. A few lapses in the field didn’t help as Geoff’s long guard failed him, and Clippy managed a‘matrix moment’ as the ball proceeded to go right through him on one occasion. It was Geoff’s introduction to the attack that really began to turn the screw as he reeled off 8-1-17-2 in double quick time allowing the batsmen no respite. The spell included a fine catch by Dan at square leg.
By the 20 over mark the rate was approaching seven an over and FCO didn’t look like they were going to have the extra gear to push on towards their target. Oz had a go at improving his radar at one end, with varied results (4-0-19-0) while Ads laid on a bit of a buffet at the other (4-0-33-1), the captain’s one success the trusty slow full toss leading to a clean bowled. With the required rate hitting ten Ads called back Dan And Khalil to complete their overs, and make the decisive strikes. The FCO opener looked the main threat as he passed fifty without undue risk, but the pressure was mounting and he was finally run out for 70 by Dan fielding off his own bowling as he tried one risky single too many. With that the FCO hopes of victory disintegrated and despite a few lusty blows they finished 25 runs shy with Dan picking up a wicket with the last ball of the game to finish with 8-0-30-2. A competitive game well won with the depth in batting and control in the field (despite the usual high extra count) being the decisive factors.
Man of the Match: Andy Nelson
Champagne Moment: Dan’s bail breaking delivery.
Muppet Moment: Clippy’s matrix fielding.