Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

28 June 2015

Cavs Come Close

The Cavaliers Sunday XI played Clacton at Vista Road today in a rain-affected 35 over match.

Having won the toss the Cavaliers batted first, with E Parry (2) departing early on. Fellow opener M Vinter then added 43 for the second wicket with D Smith before Vinter (15), S Gilhooly (0) and E Goodall (3) fell to the Spence brothers to leave the Cavs on 63/4. An attacking fifth wicket stand of 55 (in 6.5 overs) between Smith and J Walton (27 from 18 balls) saw the Cavs up to 118, with Walton and J Corcos (0) then falling in quick succession. Smith and JJ Elliston (11) then got the Cavs total up to 137 before Smith (72*) took it upon himself to attack the Clacton bowlers as the last three Cavaliers batsmen (N Davidson, D Young and T Mayhew) all departed for 0. The Cavaliers innings finished on 155 all out from 34.1 overs.

The start of the second innings saw Clacton add 38 for the first wicket, with opening bowlers N Davidson and J Walton (8-0-28-0) unlucky to not take early wickets before Davidson took matters into his own hands, bowling Clacton opener J Lee (19). A second wicket partnership of 53 put the Cavaliers on the back foot, but the spin partnership of T Mayhew (8-1-36-1) and D Smith dismissed both batsmen in quick succession to leave Clacton on 93/3. It was then the opposition's turn to attack, adding a quick 34 for the fourth wicket before Smith (8-1-47-3) took two quick wickets, dismissing both set batsmen (one being a fine catch off his own bowling). With E Goodall taking his first wicket for the Cavaliers, the game was set for a close finish as Clacton went from 154/6 to 155/8 as Goodall (3.4-0-14-2) and the returning Davidson (7-1-30-2) each claimed their second wickets of the day. It was then left to Clacton's number 10 to hit the winning single as they reached their target of 156 with two balls to spare, winning by 2 wickets.

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