Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

5 August 2009

Evening League Cup Final

Having won Division 2 of the Colchester Evening League at the first attempt Cavaliers were up against Division 1 winners Lloyds Bank in the Allan Barlow Memorial Cup played at Elmstead Grasshoppers ground.

Jon lost the toss and we were invited to bat first on a good looking wicket in a match reduced to 15 six ball overs due to the promise of fading light. Simon and Robbie continued their opening roles with a good first over but Robbie was clean bowled by the first ball of the second over. Simon and Danny progressed well with steady accumulation of singles and the occasional boundary against some accurate bowling on what turned out to be a relatively slow, low strip. A clean strike over mid-on for 6, followed by an edged 4 from Simon started the accelation but he was caught next ball. Danny now took over the attack including a massive slog-sweep six but good outfielding saved good shots from reaching the boundary. Rasa thrashed the ball around before falling victim to a well held catch and Jon R kept finding the fielders preventing a rush of runs at the end. Without being sure what constituted a good score we were relatively pleased with our 115-3.

The Lloyds reply started slowly and indeed the match may have turned on a couple of half chances to dismiss opener Goff before he got settled. With his eye in he took Darren for 22 in his second over to turn the tide towards the unbeated Lloyds outfit. Rotating his bowlers furiously skipper Jon was unable to stem the tide but as the overs progressed and a few wickets fell we found ourselves in with a long shot in the final overs. Deji took a wicket in the 13th over, then Tim bowled a wicket maiden in the 14th with the scores tied, leaving Danny (our maiden king) to try to prevent Lloyds scoring off the final over. Despite two dot balls Lloyds scored the winning runs with 3 balls to spare.

Despite the disappointment of losing the final everyone agreed that the Evening League has served its purpose of giving members an extra opportunity to bat or bowl, indeed we used 9 different bowlers in this game.

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