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Harpooned again: vs Whalers 18 May 2014 (Season: 2014)
Report by: Rog

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The lads
The first decent weekend of the season found us slightly further up the Heathrow flight path for the first of our biannual fixtures against the Whalers, a team with a nasty recent habit of inflicting last ball/over defeats on us, repeatedly teasing us with the mirage of Salix victory before applying the cricketing coup de grace. Would this be the game for us to break the hoodoo and finally get over the line?

Badmo lost the toss, we took the field, and were immediately a man down as Dozy took Teen Wolf's sharp loosener right on the point of the knee. Some frenzied rubbing and the promise of CK's magic embrocation at the drinks break had him back on his feet and keeping gingerly to an excellent spell from the Wolf, who beat the bat at will and bowled with pace and swing to remove one of the Whalers' openers. At the other end Bilal was hooping the ball around nicely and was unlucky not to pick up a scalp, while Nice Tony and your correspondent also helped restrict the batsmen in the first 18 overs.

At drinks the score was 70-odd/1 and the Whalers must have had a discussion about upping their run rate: three balls post resumption the number 3 took a huge mow in the direction of cow corner to a Nice Tony ball that clipped off stump, but soon the change in approach was starting to pay dividends with VCGC, Al-Amin and CK all taking a bit of unwarranted tap. The Russet one was particularly unfortunate: a run of drops off his bowling (including 2 in one over) cost him the five-fer his spell probably deserved, and the Whalers took full advantage with their middle order consistently scoring at more than 7 an over to take them past 200.

The skipper and Chopper took guard after tea knowing that we'd probably need a big contribution from a couple of our key batsmen to get near the target. Unfortunately an excellent first over from Howes saw Chopper back in the hutch without troubling the scorers, and CK presumably regretting the pint he'd had during tea as he walked out to replace him. For the next few overs the Whalers' opening pair kept scoring to a minimum before the introduction of the change bowlers saw the shackles lifted as first CK (delicately) and then Arsey (agriculturally) found the boundary. Then after both CK and Teen Wolf padded up to straight ones, VCGC strode out to join Arsey for the partnership which would take us almost to within touching distance of the win. Cue the return of the Whalers' openers and within a couple of overs Arsey had picked out mid-off tantalisingly close to a fifty (jug avoidance). Dozy came and went and now hopes of scoring the 17 required off the final over rested with the ginger ninja, but when he too departed trying to clear the ropes the game was up (though there was still time for Nice Tony to wear one on the clockweights off the final ball).

And so to the bar. Another close game played in the right spirit against excellent opposition, but once again a case of so near and yet so far for the Salixites as the Whalers hex continues. What price on Badmo urinating in all four corners of the Harlington pitch before the August rematch?

Salix CC versus Whalers at Kings House Sports Ground Chiswick on 18-05-2014(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting second)190for 8off35overs Match Lost
Whalers201for 5off35overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Mark Rickman0Bowled
2.David Padmore9Bowled
3.Christy Kulasingam35LBW
4.Adam Darling48Caught
5.Andy Spurr18LBW
6.Stuart Lumsden36Caught
7.Chris Lamont4Bowled
8.Tony Williams3Not Out
9.Roger Heaton1Run Out
10.Bilal Aslam0Did Not Bat
11.Al-Amin Chowdhury0Did Not Bat
1.Andy Spurr7020120.0042.002.86
2.Bilal Aslam72310--4.43
3.Roger Heaton40150--3.75
4.Tony Williams4025125.0024.006.25
5.Stuart Lumsden6042221.0018.007.00
6.Al-Amin Chowdhury4033133.0024.008.25
7.Christy Kulasingam30280--9.33
David Padmore1catch
Andy Spurr1catch
Chris Lamont2drops
Bilal Aslam1drop
Roger Heaton1drop

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ex CGC left the following remarks on 21st May 2014

I've never had four drops off my bowling in one game before - I'm taking at least a five-for from this...

YM left the following remarks on 20th May 2014

A brilliant first ever report from Rog who clearly should be doing words for a living, not numbers....

Kitchen Utensil left the following remarks on 20th May 2014

Who do i need to buy beers for ? How do i get another game