Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

22 August 2009

Fishy friendly ends in loss for Cavs

Match Report c/o Freelancer Steve P

Friendly games are always a bit of a lottery, with the two uncertainties of how strong a team will be picked and how seriously both sides take the game. This friendly against Ardliegh pitched together 2 very evenly matched teams who both had the same desire to win whilst recognising that it was not a league match trying to play the game in a slightly more relaxed way. Well done to both teams.

I am going to leave comment on the fact that 30 minutes before the game Cavaliers had 12 players, yet we ended up playing the game with 10½!

The Cavaliers innings started at a tremendous pace at 10 an over for the first 3, but Paul Mills (12) and Alex Corcos (11) lost their wickets in quick succession. Indeed this set a trend as a string of batsmen got themselves in, only to get themselves out again. Stephen Peeling (22) and new boy Aaron (20) put on a nice little partnership of 40. When Robbie Mitchell (20) and Razza (39) were together, a total of 200 looked possible, but after they were both out that hope vanished. Bernie was the only Cavs batsman not to put runs on the board getting a golden duck, Cavs ended up with a total of 165 off 33 overs

Robbie and Dale opened the bowling and one of Ardliegh’s big hitting openers left us all thinking that the Cavs total was far too small as he started to hit big sixes. But in a similar fashion to Cavs, the Ardliegh batsmen also had a tendency to get out without posting big totals. Alex took 2 super catches at Mid off, Stephen (the Salmon) Peeling took an awesome catch in his chest from a huge clout and them followed this with a sublime slip catch, Indeed Stephen almost bagged a third catch when he could only get his fingertips to a slip catch that would have rivalled the infamous diving slip catch from our vice captain earlier in the season. Phil (the Barracuda) Wolski took a really sharp run out chance with a brilliant throw from Razza. Phil had a great game considering that he had only flown in from USA that morning and had not slept for over 24 hours. All our bowlers bowled well, all giving away between 22 and 28 runs each, the wickets were shared between Robbie (2) Ray Smith (3) and Bernie (2). In the end though Ardliegh struck the winning runs winning by 2 wickets. But on reflection it was the dropped catches that was the difference between the 2 teams, I recall one really sharp chance dropped by Ardliegh, yet Cavs dropped 5 chances, the easiest going to Robbie (the Crayfish) Mitchell, who admitted that the sun, spin on the ball and rabbit holes under his feet had no affect at all.

The game finished in farcical circumstances, the scoreboard had been updated to show that Ardliegh needed 3 runs to win, they duly got those 3 runs and as the team shook hands and started to walk off the wicket, the scorers tried to send the teams back claiming the scores are level.

So all in all and enjoyable close fought match, played in a great spirit and in lovely weather. Well done Ardliegh.

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