Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

19 September 2009

Tired Legs. Tired Minds. Tired Performance.

The Cavaliers' Friendly season was brought to a close with an emphatic defeat c/o the Kelvedon & Feering Juniors.

Having lost the toss and been put in to bat the Cavs made a good start with Pete & Vinnie putting on 32 for the first wicket, however, once Pete had departed wickets fell all too regularly from then on. With Vinnie departing having skied one behind for a well played 25 a low total was inevitable though Luke & Paul (15) rallied briefly for the fifth wicket before Paul fell LBW playing across the line. Steve was unfortunate to come in facing the impressive Stobbs and was bowled at which point Luke (22) opted to re-enact Paul's out leg before playing (we think) a slog sweep? Cameos from Dan (12) & Dale (11*) ensured the Cavaliers made it past the one hundred mark but the visitors were unable to use up their full 40 over allocation, Bernie's dismissal brining the innings to a close with just 125 on the board after 38.4 overs.

With a small total to defend (against 12 batsmen) it was imperative for the fielding side that they bowl tightly from the off unfortunately the perennial problem of wides came to the fore once again with both Dale & Luke struggling to find their lines. Regular bowling changes were made in the hope of disrupting the fluency of the home side's batters but with little effect ... the introduction of spin c/o Vinnie did bring the first wicket but it was apparent to all that the game was all but over. The skippers decision not to use Muttiah Pawsey earlier on in proceedings began to look a tad foolish as the wiley spinner picked up the second wicket of the innings in his first and indeed only over and in fact had Craig been able to hold on to what was a tough chance at mid-on he could have had two wickets in two balls. Needing just four to win Pete was given the honour of closing out the season and the home side achieved their target with plenty of both overs and batsmen to spare.

A poor day at the office for the Cavaliers with wides contributing 28 of the home sides reply of 128-2... let us hope that lessons have been learnt for next year.

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