Whalers Slay Dragons

Whalers CC vs Southall Dragons CC; Sunday 6th June 2021; King’s House Sports Ground

On a warm humid day with the threat of rain around the Whalers stood around waiting for the opposition. Despite coming only from Southall they went to another ground after an hour delay the Toss was finally made and Josh Sent Dean and Pip out to bat. The first 4 or 5 overs saw as many different bowlers used. After a tight couple of overs the Dean starting
hitting a few pitched up deliveries. Pip soon joined in the fun backed up by plenty of good running.

The opposition captain Daman then brought himself back on to stem the flow. Bowling off about 5 strides he had a whippy action and was bringing the ball back nicely into righthanders by quite a distance on a green looking wicket. Soon Pip was bowled offering no stroke. Then Ross quickly followed out for a duck again bowled by the same bowler. Roland strode to the wicket and thought attack was a good option and after a couple of good strikes was out LBW to another inswinger.

Whalers stood at 50 odd for 3 and Geoff stepped to the wicket offering some chances but hitting loose deliveries, Dean started peppering up the hitting off the other bowlers and then a few drops starting to occur some or them regulation which would later hurt Southall. Just when Geoff looked set he was bowled for 20 and the middle/late order looked exposed.
Whalers Secret weapon Amit appeared and after a few singles started to punish loose deliveries. Dean soon passed 50 and then accelerated his hitting and it included some lovely 6’s plus 2 more drops. . On 85 run’s his luck was used up and he was eventually caught but what a valiant innings.
Amit was looking to pull a few deliveries and then the fielding started to get a bit ragged as Sohaib and Vishal gave support and fresh legs. Amit was run out just passed his 50 trying to squeeze runs in the last few overs and Daman came back and claimed Vishal Bowled and Sohaib caught to claim a nice five for. Josh came out to face one delivery and amongst much teammate mirth preserved his average . At 217 for 7 off 35 Overs looked a daunting total and a score Whalers have not reached for a while but could we defend this.

Nick and Dan opened the Bowling and Nick was economical as usual. After 2 or 3 overs the run rate was low and adding extra pressure on Southall. Dan starting to push a few leg side and was pulled away quite nicely and then was soon slapped for a Six!!

Nick asked for a field adjustment and bought Roland in close to the opener who took a slick one handed diving catch to set Whalers on their way. Their number 3 Bat sure knew how to hit and started to accelerate the run rate. Vishal was bough into the attack and was offering plenty of variation and some containing stuff. Their other opener was caught by Ross the wicket keeper and Whalers look set to determine the pattern of play. Their Number 3 only knew one way to bat was punishing anything short or wide. Shoaib had replaced Nick by now who bowled a very measly 5 over for 15 runs and also was asking some good questions.

At Drinks 18 overs left, Southall looked set to attack our target with wickets in hand. We had a changed of bowler with Ross taking the pads off came onto to Change the Game starting with a simple catch to mid off . With each of Southall batsmen in attack mode outside edges past 2nd slip area was their value runs area!.

Ross’s Medium pace and accuracy was bringing rewards and in the 5/6 and balls he had both of their next batsmen bowled trying aggressive shots. Josh had also bought himself on and looked very tidy as well. In Ross 4th Over he had a chance for a hat trick with seemed to passed our Skip’s consciousness and a tight field wasn’t set which resulted a bunted ball in the air landing in a very catchable area .!!!!

However the game clinching wicket was a smart team run out of Batsman 3 who was on 55 at the time and showed the all round fielding didn’t let up. Dean replaced Josh after 3 overs and produced a fast straight fizzing ball that resulted a dead cert LBW. More team Catches off Ross another to Pip and a Dolly to Josh meant that Southall innings ended on 160 and 57 runs shy of our total. Ross finished for 5 wickets off 5 overs.

Whalers retired to the bar to give Josh the fines off the day. Despite Dean’s 85 Runs and 1 wicket or Amit’s tidy overs and 55 the Man of the match went to Ross for his five for
Champagne went Roland’s Smart one handed Catch
And Muppet went to Geoff loud appeal for LBW when clearly the loud clunk was a leading edge.

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