Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

2 August 2009

Feering the Worst

With no league fixture in Div 5 the traditional 2nd XI morphed into the much vaunted Cavaliers Friendly XI ... subsequently falling to a heavy defeat away at Kelvedon & Feering.

Having overcome the now all too customary last minute availability issues hopes were high as the Cavaliers side took to the field with their full quota of eleven fielders!

Jason & Bernie took the new ball causing the young openers a few problems early on alas chances on this occasion were not taken with Jason failing to hold on to what was in truth a regulation return catch and neither Luke nor Dan able to snaffle an edge that bisected keeper and first slip much to Bernie's dismay. Credit however where credit is due as the home side's openers took full advantage and asserted themselves on the new ball pair ... given it was a friendly Luke came on first change to bowl his customary selection of straight(ish) ones, wide ones and really wide ones lulling Grissithe into edging one behind which unfortunately Dan was unable to hold on to. Rasa was introduced in place of Jason and bowled with his customary verve, passing the outside edge on numerous occasions but unable to make the breakthrough, both openers going on to make well deserved half centuries. It was with the introduction of messrs Walton & Bailey that things began to take a turn for the better with Rasa holding on to a good catch off Jon’s bowling to dismiss the very impressive Parsons (the youngster having made an elegant 62 in an opening stand of 149) and Kevin quickly dismissing the home sides’ no.3 for just 6. Thereafter wickets began to fall fairly regularly with the Cavs able to haul themselves back to a vaguely respectable position, Bernie’s 2nd spell particularly noteworthy as he collected a few more wickets to add to his seasons tally.... the home side eventually finishing up on 283-8 off their allotted 45 overs.(apologies for lack of specifics but the scorebook is not quite what it could have been...)

As is tradition when facing a large total the innings started poorly though conceded this was on this occasion in the face of some excellent fast bowling with Jon and Rasa falling in quick succession. At 6-2 Luke joined Paul in the middle and together the pair began to accumulate runs without ever being in contention with the required run rate. Fair to say that both batsman played a mix bag, scratching around at times against some excellent bowling but with the odd nice shot thrown in for good measure. Having taken the score on to 72-2 and in truth having seen off most of the better bowling Paul finally fell leg before for 35 and wickets fell steadily from then on, Pete getting a good one from the very impressive Coe “early doors” and Martin unfortunate to be run out. Luke was stumped having played across the line for 36 and the only real subsequent resistance came from Steve who made a quick fire 14 including a couple of nice boundaries.

Needless to say not a great day in terms of results but the match was played in a good yet competitive spirit. The young Kelvedon side were without question too strong for the Cavaliers but hopes of a rematch later this year against a slightly weaker Kelvedon side remain if only for the promise of another tea on real plates with mini hot-dogs...

1 comment:

Simon said...

Nice reports - cheers Luke!

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