Whalers caught out by Cricketers in Pitch D woe

Whalers CC vs Cricketers CC; Sunday 12th May; King’s House Sports Ground

With the season well and truly up and running, a full Whalers eleven arrived at a sunny King’s House to turn things around after the first match. A strong side were slightly confused by the “agreement” that had apparently been made for The Cricketers to bat first, but the arrangement was confirmed by the toss and the Whale prepared to field. Jack and Russell got things going and, thanks to some fairly generous umpiring, the first three overs kept things tight. Unfortunately for Russell, the Cricketers’ openers decided they would start to free their arms and helped themselves to 13 runs off the fourth over. Amit was brought in to try and stem the flow of runs and bring a wicket, and he did just that when he bowled one of the openers for 17. Dan took over at the other end and maintained the pressure with a tight line and length. Nick, replacing Amit, capitalised on this pressure and bowled the Cricketers’ number 3, which sparked a run of quick wickets. Dan clean bowled the Cricketers’ number 4 before drawing number 5 into a loose shot which was smartly caught by Pip in the gully (with the obligatory dive for emphasis). A third quickly followed for Dan as he trapped number 6 LBW (and immediately hung his head in shame for potentially putting a debutant off ever playing the game again). At drinks the Whalers were feeling confident of keeping the Cricketers to a low score.

That confidence had clearly forgotten about the Whalers’ ability to demonstrate some particularly poor fielding. Several catches were dropped, some of which were much easier than others, the energy to attack the ball in the field apparently disappeared, and Nick decided that he would pick the ball up while straddling the boundary to throw it back in. Kamal and Matt did their best to restrict things, but the poor fielding and strong batting partnership of batsmen 2 and 9 pushed the fielders back and brought the Cricketers back into it. Matt ended the partnership with some excellent bowling to remove batsman 2 for 55, and the last few overs swing back towards the Whale. Two more wickets in the final over (one bowled, and a run out on the final ball) meant the Cricketers finished on 141 off their 35 overs.

Having gorged themselves on the new and improved teas at King’s House, Al and Dean strode out confident of being able to take their time to reach the target. Wary of some uneven bounce in the pitch and restricted by some tight bowling from the Cricketers’ opening pair, it was a slow start as they sought the occasional ones and twos. Al fell in the fourth over to a sharp delivery, but Pip and Dean looked to be starting to pick things up as they each found the boundary. Unfortunately for the Whalers, these were the only two times the umpires needed to signal a four in the whole Whalers innings, and both soon signalled the end of the batsmen. Pip looked to have got enough on a sharp drive but it was snaffled by a good catch in the field, before Dean top edged an attempted hoick over midwicket and was out caught and bowled. Will maintained a presence at the crease with some good looking shots, but was rapidly running out of batting partners. Matt went forwards, and then backwards, to a straight one and was out LBW, Russell could only watch as his first delivery went under his bat, and Amit picked out a fielder early into his innings to leave the Whalers struggling on 27-6.

A rejigged batting order meant Dan joined Will at the crease and it looked like hope may have been making its way back into the Whalers innings, before Will’s good run came to an end as he was bowled for 20. Special ‘The Wall’ K kept things out for a while as Dan looked for his usual twos, but there was one too many straight one for Kamal to deal with. Dan found the same fielder that Amit had, and it was left to Nick and Jack to try and salvage something, or get out quickly to head to the pub. Some interesting running choices from the two of them resulted in Nick being run out for one, and the Whalers were all out for 53 off 26 overs. Cue much discussion about how the season can only get better from here as it’s not really possible to bat or field much worse than had been shown on this outing.

Cricketers CC 141 ao (35)

Whalers CC 53 ao (26)

Muppet moment(s) went to Nick generally, highlighted by his questionable running when batting and the active decision to throw the ball in from over the boundary. Pip’s catch off Dan’s bowling took the Champagne moment (partly because it was the only catch the Whalers held), and Dan’s excellent bowling figures (4-19 off his seven overs) earned him Man of the Match.

Whalers Go Down To Village In First Game Arm Wrestle

Whalers CC vs Village CC: 05/05/2019; King’s House Sports Ground

The Whalers season has officially got underway (even if it was a week late) and was welcomed by the traditional cold and breezy weather. A full 11 assembled at Kings House which included 2 debutants, Aseem and Rahul, however the day took on the added significance of marking the auspicious occasion of Kamal’s 200th Whalers cap.
 
Will, having won the toss and electing to bat (and agreeing to a 40 over game), sent Dean and Al to open up. Dean survived an early scare after top edging a hook shot, but wasn’t able to capitalize and was bowled for 1 off the pads in the 4th over. Some very tight bowling and a lot of playing and missing ensued for a number of overs, before Roland was out caught in the 10th. Will came and went after being trapped LBW (but would certainly have been overturned had DRS been in place) and the Whale was in trouble at 19-3 after 14 overs. Rahul on debut was next in and with the introduction of spin in to the attack, was able to lift the scoring rate with Al. Rahul was eventually bowled (in what appeared to be slow motion) by the left arm spinner for 13. Aseem joined Al who was now getting on top of the dual spin attack (and brought up his 50), moving the score along to 97 before Aseem was undone by a fantastic bit of leg spin bowling, resulting in him being caught at slip for 6.
 
Matt joined Al, but Al lost his wicket after slapping a short ball to point, caught for a well played 58 with 7 overs to go. Matt continued where Al had left off, scoring freely from the spin attack. Kieran came and went, out caught for a duck trying to keep the score moving. Dan also didn’t hang around, being bowled for 4. Russel at 10, dug in and was able to rotate the strike with Matt before being caught behind off the last ball of the 39th over for 5. Kamal joined Matt who needed 11 off the last over for a maiden Whalers 50, however it wasn’t to be, finishing the innings not out 44. The Whalers finished with 162 from their 40 overs.
 
Defending what was considered to be a below par score, tight bowling and regular wickets were going to be the key. Dan and Russel were handed the new ball and both started very tidily, but it was Russel who got the wickets with a double breakthrough in the 4th over. The opener was well caught by Kieran sliding to his right at mid off for 7 and the number three being adjudge LBW after being trapped back on his stumps for a duck. More tight bowling and playing and missing eventually drew an edge that unfortunately ran wide of slips. Matt took off after the ball and the batsman attempted a risky second run. A good throw over the stumps to Dean resulted in the run out of the Village number 4 which made the score 26-3 after the first 10 overs and the Whale were in the game. More tight bowling and playing and missing ensued. Dan was the first bowler replaced after going for 20 off his 6 overs. Russel bowled his 8 straight through, going for just 10 runs to go with his 2 wickets. Matt replaced Dan, and Kamal replaced Russel. The tight bowling only resulted in the score at drinks being 52-3.
 
Matt got the breakthrough in the first over after drinks with the remaining opener caught by Roland at deep point for 27, trying to lift the scoring rate. Matt finished with 1-19 off his 8 overs. Another strong partnership was the result as the batsman went on the attack taking a liking to Kamal as well as Kieran. The next breakthrough came in the 31st over with a sharp single pushed to Matt at mid off (off a Kieran no ball) which was never on. A direct hit resulted in Matt’s 2nd run out of the game. With 9 overs to go, Village still needed 58 to win but had half their wickets still remaining. Aseem was introduced in to the attack and was able to get the ball fizzing. A bit of luck to the batsman with half chances just going out of reach on several occasions resulted in Village getting on top of the run rate. A double change resulted in Will and Rahul coming in to the attack and Will got the wicket of the number 7, but with only 11 required and 3 overs to go, there was too much for the Whale to do and Village got home with 13 balls to spare.
 
Whalers 162-9 (40)
Village 164-6 (38.1)
 
Muppet: Kieran for attempting to throw a ball in from fine leg only for it to go backwards towards the boundary
Champagne: Matt’s run out off a no ball
Man of the Match: Matt for his all round performance of 44 not out, 8 overs 1-19 and 2 run outs

Welcome to the 2019 Season

The Whalers 2019 season starts this month!

Please let the captains know your availability for the first half of season. 

If you are keen to play for a friendly cricket club playing competitive non-league matches in and around south London this year please be in touch with us at whalerscaptain@gmail.com.

Special date for your diaries: Saturday 10th August – for the big inter-club Captains vs Presidents match. New format for this year – T20 in Regents Park BYO food and drink, and spectators of all ages actively encouraged to join in the fun.

Palm Tree punish floundering Whale

Palm Tree CC vs Whalers CC: Sunday 9th September 2018; Highgate

 
It was a beautiful day, a scenic ground and a reasonable pitch for the Whalers final game of the season against new opposition, Palm Tree CC. That’s the positives done.
 
Jack won the toss and elected to bowl, and for a while things were going ok, Nick, fired up and bowling to his mate Pat in the opposition got his man bowled, but not before Pat had hit a couple of cracking drives. Rakesh opening from the other end also chipped in with an early wicket. From there the droppsies kicked in, no fewer than 8 dropped catches and a missed stumping and against a good batting line up this would prove disastrous. At drinks things were fairly evenly balanced at 3 down for 70 odd but after drinks things unravelled. The slower bowlers struggled and the oppo moved the scoring rate up several gears, wickets did continue to fall, Dean, Geoff, Josh and Matt all holding on to good catches, Matt’s a particularly good effort diving forwards near the boundary, but runs were being leaked at an alarming rate and amongst the catches were the many drops and numerous incidents of poor fielding. Injuries were also mounting up, Rakesh struggling with a quad injury and Nick dislocating a finger. Palm Tree finished with 239 off 35 overs, too many.
 
Resuming after Tea things immediately got worse, Dean went LBW to the spinner in the second over and Will followed shortly after. Kamal promoted to 3 was showing some grit but was undone by a straight one. Matt joined Geoff and they tried to rebuild, Geoff lofted a straight four and Matt nicely carved a couple of boundaries through point but that was as good as it got, Geoff hit one too many off the toe of the bat finally causing it to cave in and then didn’t need the replacement, missing a straight one, departing for a top score of 21. wickets continued to tumble, including a couple of run outs and mercifully the end came quickly. Whalers all out for 70 = big loss.
 
Champagne moment – Matt for his diving catch on the boundary
Muppet moment – amongst many candidates, Dean for his no nonsense ‘dog whispering’ skills when a dog came onto the pitch and threatened to pick up the ball
M.o.M – Nick, 7-19-1 (though to note the award was self nominated and claimed without chance for discussion)

OMG I Can’t Believe it: Whalers Win Again

Believers CC vs Whalers CC; King George’s Playing Fields, Morden; Sunday 2nd September

And so a game which we thought was on Saturday and we had 5 players for remarkably turned into a gloriously sunny Sunday game with a full complement of 11. Featuring Whalers dayboos for Simon, Tilley and Rakesh, Dean took the captaincy reins on a pitch that looked hard and patchy and turned out to be very slow, promptly lost the toss and we were batting.

Dean and Al opened up, the early surprise of the day was the dismissal of Dean in the opening over bowled by Julian for just 2 playing the wrong line sending his season average plummeting to the mid-eighties. Newcomer Simon joined Al and decided to only score in 2s. The pair added 43 but just as we was looking settled Simon played on for 12 also off the bowling of Julian. There followed a mid-order collapse as Roland departed lbw for 1, the returning James Gould bowled for the same score and Tilley for a duck 61-5 in the 16th over wasn’t looking pretty.

Al was joined by Geoff who approached the situation as he knows best hoiking his first ball to midwicket for 4. There followed a strong passage of play for the Whalers as Al kept accumulating and Geoff counter-attacked unleashing such rarities as a sweep shot and a controlled drive. The pair put on 58 before the spin of Hale finally accounted for Al for 61. Geoff found a new ally in Josh and the scoring rate continued strongly before Geoff fell caught and bowled for a jug avoiding 46 off just 35 balls. Josh also added 35 at better than a run a ball and the tail duly wagged with Rakesh adding 12. When Amit was last out for 3 leaving Kamal stranded on 1 not out the Whalers had set Believers 187 to win off what turned out to be 44 overs. Julian was the pick of the Believers bowlers with a valiant 14-1-56-5

It looked a stiff ask, more so when Amit dismissed Hale for a duck with the worst ball of his opening over. The Whalers kept the pressure on with some excellent fielding and the next two wickets fell to Kamal both caught by Al at mid-off leaving Believers 30-3 in the 12th over. Thereafter the scoreboard symmetry continued as Rakesh picked up a couple of wickets both caught by Dean at short cover. With Dean shuffling the bowlers Geoff picked up a couple of wickets, and there was a debut wicket for Tilley caught reluctantly and silently by James. With Simon getting in the action with a catch off James’ bowling the game looked done at 84-9.

However the Believers American contingent had batted well and with Kyle looking especially strong with a keen eye for the ball and a baseball style the ball was despatched to all corners at one end. At the other end Dean bowled exclusively for 4 maidens to Believers skipper Matthew with half a dozen close catchers. With the overs remaining getting into single figures an unlikely draw suddenly looked possible but the Believers rhythm was finally broken by Geoff bowling Kyle for 55 and the Whalers had won by 76 runs. Geoff returned the best figures of 5.4-2-7-3, with Dean bowling a notable (and season average qualifying) 6-4-2-0

Overall a great team performance with contributions from everyone when required. Geoff’s match winning wicket won champagne moment. The other awards were keenly contested with Tilley’s casting vote crucial with Geoff’s all round performance edging Al out for MOM. Amit’s dancing around a ball leading to a 4 took home the muppet gong ahead of Dean, and James effortlessly earned fine of the day.

Whalers 186ao (36.4)

Believers 110ao (38.4)

The whole shebang wagon wheels and everything here: 20180902-The Believers CC-Whalers CC