Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

9 May 2010

Off and Running

It would appear there have been some complaints about the length of the match reports so, for Tony Mayhew...the Second XI won. For those who want to know more please read on!

The Seconds began their home campaign with Abberton as the opponents. After a loss to Stebbing and a match lost to the poor weather a win was vital. Abberton came to Mill Road with a perfect record having beaten Kirby scoring 200+ in the process.

Abberton went into bat first against a depleted bowling attack. The track was on the very edge of the square presenting the usual enormous boundary on one side with an average-wrecking short boundary to the other. The overcast skies and crosswind presented problems to both opening bowlers with Dale Denton and Deji Adefajo struggling to find a consistent line against two openers keen to get the score moving. Both batsmen seemed to be in control when Paul Mills noticed the opener Johnson taking a sneaky look down the leg side. He dropped a few yards and was duly presented with an offering off the bowling of Denton. Millsy was so pleased with his quick thinking he treated the rest of the team to a bit of juggling, taking the catch on the second attempt.

Pettit was next in and immediately started playing shots around the ground. He and Wetton began to score freely. The run rate was pushing up and another score of 200+ was looking likely. It was this point that skipper Martin Vinter played his trump card by indicating to Adefajo that he would be coming off. Adefajo upped his game and got into the habit of taking a wicket with the last ball of each over, forcing the skipper to bowl him out. The dangerous Pettit was the first to go, spooning a catch to Alex Wisbey on the offside. A short while later Wetton joined him under the gazebo as he misjudged a ball from Adefajo which duly re-arranged his stumps. Outside the top 3 the Abberton batting line up looked frail with no batsman giving the impression he was likely to be there for long. Denton had been replaced by left-armer Dan Smith. He followed up his impressive 4 wicket haul at Stebbing with another fine bowling performance. The scorecard shows two wickets to him but he won a number of other moral victories with edges not quite going to hand. A special mention for Dan Young and a super stumping of Smith's bowling. Adefajo and Young also combined to produce the run out the Abberton batsmen had been looking for on more than one occasion. Adefajo finished his spell and was replaced by Alex Wisbey with his usual mixed bag of tricks and devastating pace! The tail was swept up with just 25 overs gone and only 121 on the board ,an outstanding recovery. Everyone contributed to a very good fielding performance. Extras again accounted for a large proportion of the total including 14 wides.

A hearty tea was enjoyed before Paul Mills and Pete Johnson strode out to the middle to start the Cavaliers’ reply. Unfortunately neither got going and both returned quickly. Abberton’s opening bowlers Pettit and Trussler looked sharp. Pettit in particular looked above your usual division 4 fare. The early departures left the Cavaliers at 10 for 2. Martin Vinter was in but could the Cavaliers find anyone to stay with him? The answer was a resounding “yes”. Sean Cobb went in at 4 off the back of his midweek performance. He shared in a 50 partnership with his captain, successfully seeing off the two dangerous openers. Cobb was eventually out for a very valuable 15. Next in was Dan Smith (26 n.o). The Cavaliers were more confident now with Vinter in his usual imperious form looking untroubled. Smith is clearly a graduate of the Rasanga Suraweera school of playing yourself in. His innings was memorable for a super swing and miss that left him on his backside. Fortunately like Rasa he also produced some super shots and shared in an unbroken 50+ partnership with Vinter to see the Cavaliers home in the 36th over for the loss of just 3 wickets. Once again Vinter produced a match winning innings with another half century, finishing on 66 not out. In a nice piece of symmetry both the first and second team captains top scored and scored over half of their team’s total. There’s nothing quite like leading from the front.

The Cavaliers will undoubtedly have tougher days and face the prospect of a match without Vinter next week. Who will step up to the plate?

Reporter: Alex W

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