Whalers CC vs Utopers CC (T20): Sunday 16th May; King’s House Sports Ground
Fresh of the back of their first victory of the season, The Whalers were looking to continue their winning run with a home fixture against Utopers. With the weather forecast predicting heavy rain, it did look uncertain as to whether a game would be able to be played at all. A decision was made to start slightly later and reduce the match to 20 overs per side. Before we had even begun the dark clouds had started to descend and with most of the opposition yet to arrive, it was decided that it would make most sense for Whalers to field first and that is what we did.
After conceding just 7 runs from his 5 over last Sunday, Nick was once again trusted with the ball in conditions that could only be described as bleak. Ross was opening up from the other end and between them they kept it tight. The ball was beating the outside edge on a regular basis and the pressure was already beginning to mount on the opening batsmen. The first wicket fell when a looped edge (is that even a thing?) found its way into Will’s hands to give Nick his first wicket of the match. The second wicket fell not long after, a miscued drive off the bowling of Ross dropped into the safe hands of Dean, who would go onto take a further two catches. It was here that Utopers began to stage a mini fightback with Amit’s two overs going for a few, but in reality this was short lived. Batsmen 3 and 4 were dismissed by Will and Dean respectively, the latter who went onto claim a further two wickets- a busy 20 overs for Dean and a nasty ball to the shin area too. The collapse was well and truly underway, Josh got into the action with one of his trademark half trackers that managed to fool the batsmen (Whalers’ very own Rahul) into slapping back into his cold, wet but grateful hands. Nick came back on and claimed the final two wickets with some textbook death over bowling and that was that- Whalers were chasing 70 to win.
The target was certainly chaseable but the weather wasn’t showing much sign of improving- a half-hearted pitch inspection by Josh and Will deemed the conditions to be just about playable “as long as they get on with it”. They were able to do it within 13 overs without the loss of any wickets thanks to some solid defence and good running (including an all run 5).
All in all, the main thing is that we were able to get the game on. The bowling was good and we took our catches in some fairly tough conditions. As for the batting, you can’t argue with a 10 wicket victory but there will be some tougher tests to come.
Whalers 70/0 beat Utopers CC 69/9 (a/o) by 10 wickets
Champagne (prosecco) moment: Al & Pip’s all run 5
Muppet: Will for his ‘Nathan Lyon’ moment
MOM: Dean: 3-4 with the ball and also 3 good catches