Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

20 June 2010

History Repeats - 2nd's Style

Per the First XI Sunday proved to be a case of history repeating itself alas for the 2nd XI it was a virtually identical performance to that against Chappel as they succumbed to consecutive 100+ run defeats - this time at the hands of Division 4's El Galaticos (aka Stebbing).

Mimicking the prior weekends fixture the home side (fielding first) got an early breakthrough (c/o fine catch by Alex W off Deji), however, a substantial second wicket stand between Gwyther & Winter soon took the game away from the Cavaliers with both batsmen scoring flawless half centuries. Despite the best efforts of the bowlers the good overs and indeed deliveries were all too often interspersed with the bad allowing the scoreboard to tick over without either batsmen having to take any undue risks. Jon R & Steve B both failed to get their just rewards having both bowled tidy spells and both were unfortunate to concede runs in their respective last overs spoiling what would have been exceptional figures. Alex again proved to be the partnership breaker with the ball but it was all too little and too late to have a significant impact on the innings with the visitors posting a very competitive 217 off their allotted 45 overs.

It is perhaps at this point that the similarity between this fixture and last becomes all too eerie. Faced again with a big total to chase the innings collapsed before it had begun with both openers back within the first few overs soon followed by the skipper. Despite some stubborn / war of attrition resistance from Luke (23) the innings was something of a non-event with only Deji (10) able to make it into double figures. The Cavaliers batting line-up again proving all too brittle in the face of accurate bowling as they were again unable to make it to three figures (74 all out).

A tough day against unquestionably the best side in the division, however, improvements in the batting department are required if the Cavaliers are to have any hope of staying in this Division for another year. Specifically the top order must show greater patience and responsibility at the crease and avoid becoming over reliant on their skipper to score runs every week.

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