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The omens ...: Whalers Aug 12 2001 (Season: 2001)
Report by: Written by the Capn hisself..

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The boys enjoy a snak and a peek (Andy Ben Alex Subbu)
The omens did not look good for Salix this windy and rain swept Sunday.  For, even before Sunday came the team was down to 7 players mid week however, through some nifty phoning and more than a little arm twisting we managed to field 11, which meant we fielded 3 Salix newcomers: Jeremy Hogben, Vinay Kumar and Subramanian "Subu" Shanmugham. 

Cap'n Ben won the toss and elected to bat on account that only five of the team had turned up by 2.10pm, when the Whalers were complete, nonetheless this proved to be an inspired decision.  This was a very difficult pitch to bat on by any standards, as the bounce was extremely variable.  However, both Richard Winter and Matt Swindells got the team off to a cracking start, putting on 28 before the first wicket fell.  But this proved not to be the day that Salix was to have a collapse.  The team batted steadily with  everyone scoring at a good pace.  Shot of the day came from Vinay who, having not batted for 10 years, despatched his first ball for 4 with the most beautiful of cover drive.  Rob Bailey's innings of 55, including 2 sixes proved to be crucial in this game as he and Cap'n Ben put together a partnership of 59 runs for the 4th wicket in 10 overs.  Both Jem Hogben and Alex Newton kept the score ticking over before Alex was run out by an amazing throw from the boundary that was a direct hit on the stumps on the penultimate ball and Jem Hogben was spectacularly caught at Mid-Wicket off the last ball.  Indeed it was so spectacular that the fielder, who was hit so hard, required 2 stitches in his hand.  Salix at 156 for 8, knew this was going to be a challenging total on this pitch, but was it going to be enough?

Whalers came out from tea fighting with Osgood scoring 22 however, Alex Newton took the first wicket through a great catch from Richard Winter at Mid-On.  Then Andy Bush fired himself up and in a couple of over took 2 key wickets, claiming his first wicket maiden of the season.  Then Subu playing his first game for Salix started to bowl and his in swingers proved too much for the Whales and he took 2 great wickets in his spell of 6 overs.  By this time the Whalers were reduced to 56 for 5.  Rob Bailey chipped in with a great spell of bowling taking a couple more wickets but then Whalers started a fight back with Lowen scoring 44 no, however, it was too little too late and Salix were always in control as Chris K polished off the tail.  The Whalers ended their innings 136 All Out off 33.3 overs.

This was a great Salix performance with some excellent fielding and catching.  Everyone who batted contributed to score in a positive way despite the difficult pitch.  The bowlers then used the pitch to their advantage and this was supported by some top rate fieldin

Salix CC versus Whalers at Old Deer Park on 12-08-2001(35 Over Game)
Salix CC (batting first)156for 8off35overs Match Won
Whalers136all outoff33.3overs
NoPlayerScoreHow Out
1.Matt Swindells18LBW
2.Richard Winter9Caught
3.Andy Foster10Caught
4.Vinay Kumar11Caught
5.Rob Bailey55Bowled
6.Ben Shaw16Bowled
7.Jeremy Hogben12Caught
8.Alex Newton7Run Out
9.Andy Bush0Not Out
10.Subu Shanmugham0Did Not Bat
11.Christy Kulasingam0Did Not Bat
1.Andy Bush711829.0021.002.57
2.Alex Newton4016116.0024.004.00
3.Subu Shanmugham621829.0018.003.00
4.Rob Bailey621628.0018.002.67
5.Christy Kulasingam5.3027213.5016.504.91
6.Jeremy Hogben5036136.0030.007.20
Ben Shaw3catches
Jeremy Hogben1catch
Richard Winter1catch
Andy Bush1drop

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