Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

1 August 2009

Race the Rain

Within two minutes of leaving the field with a valuable win over Clacton Ramblers the forecast rain arrived washing out many other games in the area.

With heavy rain forecast for later in the day Cavaliers were happy to win the toss and bowl first although Clacton were equally happy to have the chance to bat first, possible due to a depleted bowling attack. Clacton started strongly with James and Daniels taking the score to 40 with a combination of deft strokes to the short boundary and some lusty straight hits before Darren found the edge of James's bat and Simon took a low catch and bowled Daniels in his next over. With pressure building Darren and Stuart bowled their ten overs straight through before Robbie and Ray took over. Ray took the crucial wicket of Jeffrey who gave Stuart a catch chance, missed, and two balls later played exactly the same shot to be dismissed. After that the rot set in with only #3 batsmen Cooper holding onto his wicket for any time once Amir joined the attack with twelve overs to go. Bowling a perfect line and length from around the wicket the ball spun sharply with bounce to beat the outside edge time and again to give him the best ever five wicket haul for the club. Phil did the rest with three sharp stumpings. Six wickets had fallen in the final eight overs to prevent Clacton accelerating to a decent total.

After a solid start to our innings the only question was whether we could beat the rain. Simon and Darren started solidly and by the time Darren was (finally) caught in the gully Simon was well set and tucked into the fare served up by Daniels and Jeffrey with relish. Rasa played his customary attacking innings and together the pair reached the target of 141 inside 20 overs. No sooner had we reached the shelter of the hut when the heavens opened. At nearby Castle Park no further play was possible so we were fortunate to come away with all the points.

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