Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

9 August 2009

Haq'd

A tough day in the field for Cavaliers but in the end we were beaten by one guy, making his first, and probably only appearance of the season, clearly in a different class.

It was almost certainly a bad toss to lose although it's uncertain as to whether it would have changed the result. Our bowling at the start was about the worst of the season, Stuart bowled quite well but didn't get his customary swing and so although he picked up an early wicket his line was a bit erratic. At the other end Darren unusually gave away a bunch of boundaries to opener Bhaskar and so Danny replaced him after two overs with the thought that he might be bowling at the wrong end. Dan tightened things up for a while but Bhaskar and Ul-Haq were making the most of some excellent batting conditions.

For a while it looked like Colchester would be posting more than 300 but the introduction of Ray and Tony to take the pace off the ball turned things around, Tony taking both the top batsmen among an excellent 5-47. Ray was unlucky to have Simon drop an easy catch as Cavs attempted a fight back so his figures didn't do justice to his efforts. Indeed once Ul-Haq was brilliantly caught on the run by Paul the Colchester innings collapsed in a heap with only Dom Thomas playing sensibly to ensure the full 45 overs were used.

A target of 259 was not beyond our grasp, we've done it before, but the wicket was starting to break up with the ball repeatedly going through the surface. Batting was tricky but to be fair to the Colchester bowlers they didn't give any free hits. Everyone chipped in but it wasn't until Jon W went in at #6 that we saw some clean hitting as he raced to 47 with everyone willing him to make his half-century he fell to the spin of Ul-Haq. Robbie was the only other batsmen to enjoy himself; Stuart in particular was unlucky to be bowled by an old-fashioned daisy-cutter.

By fighting to the end we managed to take 5 bowling points and 4 batting points, which represents a decent return from a match that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

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