Won by a distance
Adam Hanmer's report
Buoyed with confidence after a good win against Salix the Whalers took their campaign North of the river to the leafy suburbs of St Albans for a 20 over evening game. The Captain used his squad rotation system for the first real time, which left us all a bit baffled when we only turned up with 9 men and 1 Welshman! The toss was one for the third time on the trot and we made the most of the sunshine and the level track (mainly due to the fact that it was artificial) and batted first. Paul Osbourn and Adam Hanmer saw off the opening bowling attack and laid the foundations for a good innings both retiring upon reaching or passing 20. Andrew Nelson's cavalier style which had served him well for his first two knocks was notably found out with Andy bowled for a single run after a prophesising another big score. The middle order chipped in with some great stroke play from Ollie Bayne complemented by Al Dickenson's decisive running between the wickets, both called in from the boundary after hitting 20. After 20 overs a target of 136 for 3 was posted with a flourish at the end from Ian Gibbins and Paul Mildon.
All told the Whalers looked very solid throughout an encouraging batting performance with everyone contributing against a competitive bowling attack. Ritchie Williams opened his bowling account for the Whalers with a very good accurate spell hauling a couple of wickets and breaking a stump in the process. Paul Mildon was the perfect accompaniment getting stuck in and notably pitching a great delivery in fading light which did a good job in getting their captain (who was umpiring at the time) riled and wobbling the batsman. Gary Mac had a good debut with the ball bowling line and length and picking up a well-deserved wicket. The fielding was sharp and they were never in a position to challenge three figures.
With the light fading fast and no floodlights their captain persisted in offering the batsman the light. Thankfully this was not before big Al bowled his first over in anger and got knocked all over the park. Having made just 60 odd for 5 off 17 overs they were along way adrift with only 3 overs to go. Thankfully the maths of the Duckworth Lewis method was not needed and a victory was recorded for the Whalers making it a hatrick of wins and a dream start to the season. Watch out Elthorne!