Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

14 June 2010

Catches Win Matches

On an historic day for the club with the new Pavilion opening, the first team put in a performance to match the occasion. After a delayed start to proceedings, due to traffic problems the game was reduced to 40 overs, Cavaliers won the toss and elected to bowl first.
With only 10 men due to a communication mix up, it was more important the ever that the new ball was used to maximum potential and runs were not generously conceded.
Stand in skipper Stuart Johnson opening the bowling with Robbie Mitchell promoted to open the other end. The combination worked perfectly as the Purleigh batmen struggled with the in swing of Johnson and the out swing of Mitchell. The pressure finally paid off in the fifth over as Stuart produced a double wicket maiden to put the visitors in the mire. However fears of reoccurring injury came true and his spell had to come to an unfortunate end.
Mitchell continued bowling beautifully the other end and Dan Smith came into the fray. Wickets and runs we proving hard to come by but as soon as the Purleigh batmen started to find their straps, Darren Dellar managed to find the batman's top edge and Mitchell took a fine catch. Wickets then tumbled at regular intervals with Dave Howell, the new golden arm of the team, consistently getting the batman to play aerially and Mitchell snapped up a further 3 catches. Dellar returned at the end of the innings to wrap this up in the 38th over, Purleigh mustering an under par 152. This innings was also of note, as debutant Harish Kumar, took his first Cavaliers wicket and in the process, regularly bruising Wolski's palms, which always raises a smile with the onlooking fielders.
So after a lovely, kindly donated tea from Tony Mayhew, Cavaliers with 2 additional overs set about their task. The new opening partnership of Jack Kneeshaw and Phil Wolski has some promising early running, but as the bowlers start to find their lenghts, a small amount of scoreboard pressure was building. The rusty Kneeshaw was the first wicket to fall, bringing Danny Skinner to the crease. Boundaries were in short supply, but the score was ticking along and Wolski reminding us all that his a talented number 11. After he departed for a respectable 24, both opening bowlers were then bowled out, bringing on Purleighs second string attack. Danny now with his eye firmly in, started to score more frequently and a big individual score was once again on the cards. Alex Corcos help build a good partnership and the match was quickly swinging Cavaliers way. After the departure of Corcos, the fireworks started, Danny Skinner scoring 50 with a lovely four through extra cover, and Dan Smith happy to swing away at the other end. Soon victory was in sight after Skinner took apart the bowling with two imperious 6's in consecative balls and the win was achieved with 7 wickets in hand.
It was overall a very good performance against the team second in the table with 10 men.

Man of the Match Danny Skinner 92no

1 comment:

philipwolski said...

Libelous! Call my lawyer!

I have never ever batted 11 for the Cavaliers!

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