Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

25 May 2013

Full Tour Report - Updated!!

Cavaliers kicked off the 2013 tour with victory over Sutton-on-the-Hill. After virgin tour skipper Phil Sadler won the toss and elected to bowl first, Sutton got off to a flyer with a combination of good shots and wayward bowling!

However with a strong bowling attack the home side never got away. Wickets tumbled regularly, Sadler taking one, Rawlings with 3, Mayhew with 3 and Johnson with 2 including the dangerous opener! Chasing 197, Cavaliers set about their task in style, putting on 79 for the first wicket, Howell contributing 7. Gilhooly was a man possessed, with a prematch diet or rum followed by puke, he scored a match winning 121no of 111 balls as the Cavs won by 7 wickets with 4 overs spare. Well done lads!

Following some excellent hospitality at a nearby beer festival the Cavaliers retired back to base with take away food and suitably refreshed tackled the Cock & Magpie once again only to be confronted with a 60s band and the local chapter of the ancient lonely hearts club. Thankfully Jon had packed the cards and we had to be thrown out long after the grannies and granddads had pulled and gone home.

A glorious Sunday found the squad warming up for the big match with Darley Dale at the pub across the road; beers and chips all round. The pre-match routine seemed to have put the Cavaliers fielders to sleep as the Darley opening batsmen adopted a tip and run tactic. Skipper for the day, Dan Young, had a thankless task trying to cover the large outfield with the nimble athletes that make up our usual touring party. Stuart was found all over the field bombing along the boundary and hurling in the ball while everyone else pretended to be a lighthouse. The breakthrough only came with the introduction of Phil Everett and his loosener was whacked to Simon at deep square. With the wickets came a degree of control but the Dale still made a respectable 194 on a slow wicket.

The Cavaliers reply followed the same pattern as the previous day with Simon (72) doing his best to score for both ends while Peter and Dan found the going a bit more tricky. As the rate crept up the task became more and more challenging and the big hitters fell one by one to leave us well short of our target.

Having recruited the seemingly foresaken Rob XX the Cavaliers for once sensed an opportunity to upset Elton and took to their beds after a relatively (only relatively) quiet night. Rising early for a game of boul, the bowling trio of Johnson, Rawlings and Sadler tuned their radar on the grassy knoll behind the school before our convoy left for lunch. Arriving at Elton in fine shape we pulled  a fast one on the novice Elton skipper and put them into bat.

The strong cross wind helped Stuart's inswing and Jon's away and we were soon into the wickets. At three down Craig joined Jack at the crease and the Cavs drew a deep breath knowing this was the critical moment. After making a few good shots Craig snicked a fine edge to Dan and we were into the tail at one end. Jack held out for as long as he could but before long the Cavaliers had bowled Elton out for a sureal 41 runs!

Going straight back out Simon and Phil took their time and picked off the runs until Phil was bowled by a good one. Stuart came in next and nearly finished the job leaving Rob XX to hit a huge six into the houses to seal the victory.

Later the Paris Bails Cup was presented to the gracious skipper Simon. It was 15 years since the Cavaliers had held it but before the night was out Glynn was recruiting a strong Elton team for next year so the challenge is now to defend the cup for the first time.

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