Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

16 May 2010

Sound Victory

A terrific team effort saw the 2nd XI record back to back victories in Div 4 with a solid 40 run win away at Boxted.

Having won the toss Luke (acting skipper for the day) opted to bat first in a shortened match of 40 overs on what looked and indeed proved to be a good wicket.

Sean & Dan S opened the batting and runs were hard to come by in the face of some short pitched bowling from Moncrieffe. Both openers fell cheaply, however, both had done an invaluable job in seeing off the first few overs and both could consider themselves slightly unlucky in the nature of their respective dismissals.

As Rasa strode to the crease to join Luke at 21-2 it was obvious to all that the next partnership would prove crucial. Thankfully for the visitors positive batting saw the home side soon erring on the side of caution allowing both batsmen to freely rotate the strike. Having put on 97 for the 3rd wicket in around 15 overs Rasa (50) was first to fall victim of an excellent catch at midwicket. Steve Brett on debut was adjudged LBW without score leaving the Cavaliers at 118-4. The Wisbey brothers subsequently wrestled the initiative back in favour of the visitors before Luke (62) succumbed to the slog sweep once again. Dan Y and particularly Craig helped Alex as he proceeded to accelerate the run rate but when Alex (31) fell with the score at 184-9 and with four overs remaining it looked as though the visitors might fail to use their full allotment of overs. Dale, however, had other ideas and he proceeded to make a rapid (dare I say imperious?) 22* helping the Cavaliers close their innings on 208-9 off 40 overs.

On a good track, short boundary on one side and fast outfield 208 was not an unassailable total and a good start was imperative. Deji's (6-1-24-0) opening spell was superb and he was unfortunate to not collect any wickets. Rasa (8-0-29-2), having replaced Dale, made the breakthrough as he proceeded to remove both right & left handed openers in quick succession thanks to fine catches in the field (Sean & Luke respectively).

Staimand and McKnight quickly asserted themselves on the visitors bowling attack with the former looking particularly dangerous, however, Dan's consistency (9-1-32-3) won the day as he removed the latter and in turn his replacement Green with successive deliveries. With the home sides innings aping that of the visitors (118-4) Alex's spell (6-0-20-4) proved to be the fundamental difference in the game as his stump to stump approach proved to to be the undoing of the lower order and restricted the run rate. Increasingly frantic running from the batsman allowed the Wisbey's to combine to run out the very impressive Staimand (53) who had looked more than capable of winning the match single handed and with his departure victory was inevitable. With the home side lacking a Denton-esque performance from the tail their innings closed in the 34th over, all out for 168.

Shot of the Day: Rasa's effortless 6 over deep mid wicket (into the clubhouse wall)
Ball of the Day: Dan's delivery to dismiss McKnight.
Catch of the Day: Luke's catch at deep(ish) point.
MOM: Alex W (31 and 4-20)

Great effort from all concerned and a big welcome and thanks to Steve !

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