Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

10 May 2015

Ardleigh a Day to Remember

The Sunday XI resumed their NECL campaign after four weeks without a game, facing Ardleigh in the first home fixture of the season.

Having won the toss, the Cavs fielded first. An opening stand of 30 was broken by J Rawlings (9-3-31-1), who had the attacking R Cole (21) caught at cover by fellow opening bowler, J Bardell. With Ardleigh's run rate going at better than 5-an-over, the captain turned to the experienced pair of D Smith (9-2-23-1) and D Howell (9-4-22-1) to help provide some control. Sadly, a series of dropped catches denied Howell, N Davidson (3-0-18-0) and T Mayhew (2-0-11-0) further wickets as Ardleigh added 57 for the fourth wicket. With the opening bowlers coming back on, Bardell (8-1-50-2) claimed the wickets of Lamont (32) and Bland (42) with a fine display of swing bowling, but the Cavaliers couldn't stop Ardleigh reaching their final total of 162/5 from their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a slow start, with skipper E Parry caught (via a one-handed, diving effort) for just 1. D Smith (1) soon followed, and a double-wicket maiden by Gr Cole accounted for N Jalib (who was unluckily stumped via a deflection off Lamont's arm for 9) and N Davidson (caught at short leg for a duck). The Cavs were struggling at 17/4 at this point, and were soon 27/6 as P Johnson (0) and J Bardell (3) were both dismissed. By the time the Ardleigh opening bowlers were done, the Cavs were 28/6 from 18ovs - R Cole finishing with 9-3-17-2, and Gr Cole finishing with an incredible 9-5-6-4!

Despite seeing his partners dismissed at the other end, M Vinter was still at the crease, and he helped to add 16 for the seventh wicket with the attacking  J Rawlings (13 from 18 balls), before Rawlings was caught. This brought D Young to the crease, as 26 runs were added for the eighth wicket (the highest partnership of the innings), but Young (4) was run out (despite a dive). With Vinter (28) bowled shortly afterwards, it was left to D Howell (8) and T Mayhew (2*) to see the Cavaliers up to their final total of 84 all out from 34.2ovs, losing by 78 runs.

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