Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

31 August 2009


Playing in his last league fixture in PDQ Div 5 Rasanga put in a man-of-the-match performance to secure victory for the 2nd's and in so doing ensured a 2nd place finish for the 2009 season.

With the fixture being played in the somewhat unusual surroundings of Brantham and the game having been shortened to 40 overs per side neither side was quite sure what to expect from the pitch and neither had an inkling for what would prove to be a competitive score. Batting first the Cavaliers got off to a poor start with the skipper falling without troubling the scorers and Pete following relatively soon thereafter leaving the Cavaliers struggling a tad at 28-2. With Luke watching on from the other end Alex C continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over though with the score having moved on to 53 his innings was brought to a close for a well played 31. "Man of the Moment" Rasa strode to the crease who having been told by his teammates that nothing short of 60 was acceptable started in his usual inimitable attacking fashion and as Luke watched on from the other end Rasa began despatching the visitors' bowling attack to all parts. Luke was finally put out of his misery for 6 (off 22 balls!) and Alex W soon followed and with the score at 99-5 things looked rather ominous however the introduction of Steve P turned the game in the Cavaliers' favour as he and Rasa soon had the scoreboard racing along this despite the incredibly slow over-rate! Rasa duly brought up his first and last half century for the 2nd's and didn't stop there, as per their earlier meeting this season C&EE were obliged to bring back their opening bowlers in order to get a breakthrough with W Spain finally managing to remove Steve P who had comfortably kept up with Rasa contributing 34 in a much needed partnership of 65 for the 6th wicket. Rasa's blistering innings finally came to end for a superbly crafted 72 as he was bowled by the big man Chiwora and thus with the score on 174-5, tail exposed and ten overs to go the game was still somewhat in the balance but excellent batting from Dan (22) and Bernie (13*) ensured the Cavaliers surpassed 200 for only the third time in their 2009 league campaign and with the last ball of the 40th over eventually bowled the score closed on 215-8.

Needing to be off the square no later than 7pm C&EE kindly agreed to forego tea until the close of play and the sides turned around immediately. Needing a good run-rate from the off the C&EE openers looked to push the run-rate from the get-go but Dale's dismissal of C Spain soon had them on the back foot. An excellent partnership then ensued between Cairns and Shah and it was the latter again who would prove to be the danger man having won C&EE the game at the Castle Park earlier in the month. Jason bowling first change produced his best spell of the season and bowling in partnership with Rasa essentially ensured victory for the home side as both bowled with unerring accuracy and collecting wickets at crucial times. Rasa fresh from his own batting exploits fittingly picked up the key wicket of Shah as he took what can only be described as a superb return catch off his own bowling much to the astonishment of the C&EE batsman who in truth had nailed it straight out of the middle of the bat. With Shah's dismissal the game was essentially all but over. Luke came on to bowl something of a rare spell and picked up his first wickets of the season thanks in part to his brother for holding on to two catches the first of which being a tricky over the shoulder type affair. Some powerful hitting by mid-week Cavs man Chiwora (and poor bowling) got the visitors score up to a respectable 150-9 at the close. A 65 run victory for the Cavaliers avenging their earlier defeat in the season.

Special mention to Phil Lawler at Brantham Athletic for being such an excellent host, indeed post match discussions gave hope to the possibility of some floodlit 20/20 fixtures next season which should be fun for all!

I know I speak for all in thanking Rasa for all of his efforts for the 2nd XI this year, we are sorry to see you leaving us but we wish you all the best in your future endeavours both on and off the cricket pitch wherever they may take you. We hope to see you again soon!

1 comment:

Simon said...

Well done Rasa and congratulations to the 2nd XI for finishing second. Speaking to Neil Thomas last night it seems that we should be promoted as the league have not discussed any restructuring plan. Also heard that Cressing might fold but be replaced by a Little Bardfield 2nd XI.

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