Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

7 May 2014

Youth Triumphs Over Experience

The first home match of the season saw the second XI entertain a very young Coggeshall side - The oldest Coggeshall player was 22 whilst the youngest Cavalier was 25. As the Cavaliers strapped themselves into their knee and ankle braces, the Coggies were energetically warming up on the outfield which was perhaps an omen of what was to come.
Coggeshall skipper Tom Pickles won the toss and elected to bat. The pressure from a tight opening spell from Zubair (10-0-36-0) and Atif Sarwar, which saw one opener chip a catch to Karl, was relieved by a steady flow of byes, despite the best efforts of last minute stand in wicketkeeper Gregg to get behind the swinging ball. The game was beginning to get away from Cavaliers by the time Sid came on to try his mixture of spinners, and he was immediately rewarded with 2 wickets in as many balls. Unfortunately from there the fielding got worse, with any number of catches going down (Ed being a main offender!), which let Pickles continue serenely towards his second hundred in two innings, leaving Raj (6-0-42-0) and Sid's (10-0-50-2) figures unjustly bruised. Some late hitting was countered by the returning Atif (10-2-23-3) and wickets for David M (5-0-28-1) and Karl (2-0-26-1), but couldn't prevent Coggeshall posting a formidable 245 for 7.

Unusually the Cavalier response got off to an electric start, taking 44 from the first 4 overs with Raj taking out his frustration on the opening bowlers. However once the Coggies opener Egg (3-35) shortened his run, he regained some control and dismissed Ed (12), Sid (0) and Raj (41). It was then left to Zubair to anchor the innings with a well constructed 66. Unfortunately no-one could stay with him for very long with debutante Steve Bertie (0), Pete (5) and Kelum (0) all falling to a very tight spell from young Gibson (5-3-9-3), whilst Karl (9) & Gregg (11) played some lusty blows before joining Atif (1) as victims of the even younger McCabe (3-21). Zubair was last out with the total at 171 trying to reach the boundary that would have meant an extra batting point.

MoM Zubair for his excellent batting and miserly bowling.

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