Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

13 September 2009

Wrong Time, Wrong Place

Promotion hopes for Cavaliers First XI seem to be slipping away after a heavy defeat at Little Baddow who now seem certain of promotion themselves. Assuming Little Bardfield overcome lowly Gosfield today, Cavaliers will slip back into third place and will be at the mercy of other results even if we win our two remaining games.

The One-Day International at Lords and other work / social events took out five regular First XI players so it had been a tough week of calls to pull together a side at all, but eleven fit and able men took to the field determined to give Baddow a hard game. Robbie bowled an excellent opening spell dismissing both opens thanks to catches by Simon in the slips and Tony dashing around the boundary at long-off. Tony opened the bowling at the other end in an attempt to catch the opening batsmen off guard with some spin, which worked to a degree for four overs before Ray took over. Together Robbie and Ray applied some pressure resulting in four quick wickets to reduce the home side to 87-6 after 22 overs and give the Cavaliers reason to hope. However Andy Harris striding to the wicket coming at number 8 wasn't really what we needed as he took a fancy to Kevin's bowling launching him into the woods for the first of many ball hunts. Despite rotating the bowling and Tony returning to bowl six overs with only one boundary conceded we could not contain Harris and the excellent #3 Lucy who both made their centuries in a stand of 179 from just 20 overs.

Kevin returned to have another go and found much better control to dismiss both centurians going for big hits, another great catch from Jack under the trees, but it was all too late as Baddow piled on the runs to take Cavaliers for their worst ever total. Despite this all the fielders had shown great committment in difficult circumstances.

Tea was reduced to 20 minutes due to the time spent searching in the woods so Jack and Simon led out the reply still munching on cake. The Baddow bowling contrasted between the steady, accurate at one end and wild pace at the other but the Cavs openers could not master either end and the start was slow although not any slower than Baddow's earlier. Both Jack and Simon fell to the steady, accurate end, Alex and Luke to the introduction of off-spin at the other. Paul M played some fine shots particularly off the spinner before the highlight of the innings as Robbie smashed the ball to all corners including a huge hit into the woods equalling his best score for the Cavaliers.

Against a strong Baddow side, boosted by their Mid-Essex league players, we had our moments and should feel pleased with our efforts, particularly the fielding by Alex, Luke, Kevin, Deji and Paul who threw themselves around to save every run. A big thanks to those five for stepping into such a tough game.

1 comment:

Luke Wisbey said... "defence" of my figures I did bowl at the death ;-)

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