Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

2 August 2015

Low Total Costs Cavs (Again)

The Sunday XI played Gosfield at Mill Road today, and batted first upon losing the toss.

The Cavaliers innings got off to a slow start, with openers P Fenton (1) and E Parry (5) dismissed early on. With P Johnson (0) departing shortly after a mix-up resulted in P Trevedi (0) being run out, the Cavs were struggling on 21/4 after just 10 overs. Cavs #3 D Smith then combined with J Bardell in a fifth wicket partnership of 17 before Bardell (4) was the victim of another mix-up and was run out. Smith and D Young then added 20 for the sixth wicket to see the Cavs past 50, but an acrobatic catch by the Gosfield keeper accounted for Young (3). With N Davidson (4) and T Mayhew (1) dismissed in quick succession, Smith went on the attack while C Finch (1) held up an end, as the pair added 19 for the last wicket before Smith (59) was the last man out. The Cavaliers ended their innings all out for 87 in 31.4 overs.

Despite some good bowling from the Cavaliers opening pair of J Bardell (4-0-12-0) and N Davidson, the Gosfield reply got off to a good start as they added 39 for the first wicket before Davidson (6-1-31-1) claimed the first wicket via a well directed short ball, caught by Young. It was then P Fenton's turn to get amongst the wickets, taking three in successive overs - First by a juggling Young (aided by T Mayhew), then a caught & bowled, and finally a bowled, as he recorded figures of 5-1-21-3 in his first Cavaliers appearance. With Gosfield 71/4, P Trevedi (2-1-9-0) was introduced to the attack, and was unlucky to not take a wicket in his first over (three LBW shouts & beating the edge too!). As Gosfield neared their total, the captain turned to Mayhew (0.3-0-2-0), but it was too late - Gosfield reached their target of 88 to win by six wickets after just 17.3 overs, with keeper J Doherty (43*) top-scoring.

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