Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

9 August 2009

Missed Opportunities..

At around 9pm on Sunday the Cavaliers were handed only their third league defeat of the season this time at the hands of Colchester & East Essex 3rd's, the venue, Castle Park.

Having elected to bat first on what was a good looking track Peter & Paul made steady progress accumulating runs at around 3.5 an over. Having taken the score onto 46 Peter was the first to fall (11) however the platform had undoubtedly been set for what promised to be a competitive total. With Vinnie entering proceedings at three the scoreboard promised to tick over but Paul (22) soon followed his opening partner back to the pavilion bring Alex C to the crease. Hopes were high that Vinne & Alex C would repeat their heroics from their last batting effort together at Wickham Bishops and the Cavaliers were not to be disappointed as the pair quickly accelerated the run-rate both playing some delightful strokes with the home side seemingly waning in the hot conditions. Having quickly taken the score along to 130-2 the home side skipper resorted to bringing back his opening bowler Spain (W) in the hope of breaking the partnership and this he duly did bowling Alex C for a well played 39. With 15 overs to go and with a strong looking batting line up a total of 230 was certainly on the cards however a mixture of bad batting, good bowling and a slice of misfortune here and there led to a quick succession of wickets as Luke (9), Alex (3) and Rasa (10) all failed to provide Vinnie with the support he required who following on from his 64* at Wickham B brought up back to back half centuries (50) before being almost immediately removed by the impressive McEvoy. At 175-7 the previously hoped for 230 was a all but a distant dream and indeed a total of 200 was looking remote but sensible and latterly aggressive batting from Kevin (17*) and Bernie (11*) dragged the Cavaliers to a close of 205-7 off the allotted 45 overs. A competitive but certainly not unassailable total on what had indeed proven to be a good track backed up by a fast outfield.

Sensing they were perhaps 30 short things were always likely to prove tight and a tad fraught in the field for the Cavaliers, however, nerves were calmed by Rasa and Dale who quickly put the visitors in control dismissing both openers leaving C&EE on 18-2 with two youngsters at the crease. However as was illustrated by Kelvedon a week earlier age is irrelevant in the face of ability and McEvoy & Booth soon began to assert themselves on the Cavaliers attack scoring quickly and in some style. As the overs progressed it was increasingly apparent that it would require a moment of brilliance to take the game away from the home side and so it was that Pete got the Cavaliers back into the match taking an excellent catch at deep mid-on to dismiss McEvoy three short of a richly deserved half century. With the home side still needing 5 an over both sides felt they were in the game and two relatively quick wickets followed with the Alexs combining to dismiss Vieler (6) and Kevin bowling Foster (6) leaving the score at 116-5. With Booth continuing to score freely at the other end the odds still favoured the home side but Alex W picked up his second wicket of the day dismissing the youngster for 44 c/o a catch by Kevin and in doing so instilled the Cavaliers as the new favourites to take the match. Kevin picked up his 2nd wicket removing Reid (1) caught at mid-on by Luke and subsequently his 3rd of the day dismissing the home side's skipper caught by Alex W leaving C&EE at 175-8. Reminiscent of Peter's knock earlier in the season C&EE's Shah in the face of frequent dismissals at the other end remained resolute intent on steering his side to victory and though hopes were understandably high in the field it was clear he would prove to be the key in determining the final outcome and try as they might the visitors bowling attack simply could not oust him and so in fading light and with only a few balls to spare the home side made it home winning by 2 wickets with Shah fittingly scoring the winning runs and in doing so ending unbeaten on 43.

A good effort all round by both sides and an excellent days cricket, though the result was not as intended the Cavaliers should comfort themselves with the fact that they shall play worse and win games in this division.

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