Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

11 July 2010

Bowlers Dominate

The Cavaliers' 2nd XI finally returned to winning ways recording a comprehensive 114 run return victory at home to Boxted 2nd's. On a day where the pitch promised to be "interesting" batting first was imperative and Vinnie for perhaps the first time in living memory (?) actually won the toss. Thankfully he elected to bat and with the visitors one short and lacking a few (batting) faces from the previous encounter it was felt that a solid if not spectacular score would prove too much for the visitors to chase down.

With the notable exception of Paul M (34) none of the home sides top order were able to put together a score of any note as all played themselves in only to hole out soon after ... Vinnie playing back to the bowler, Luke W and Alex W both holing out in the deep (extra cover and long off respectively).

At 114-7, 10 overs remaining and with no "recognised" batsman (ahem!) at the crease a low total seemed likely especially given recent batting efforts. However, neither this reporter nor the visitors had quite taken into account the resurgence of the Cavaliers Tail as first Deji (23), then Kev B (24) and finally Steve R (22*) all set about the bowlers with vigour leading the home side to close on a very competitive 190 for 9 off the allotted 45 overs - a remarkable effort by all concerned.

A target of 191 on such a fast outfield was by no means an unassailable total especially given the (ridiculously) short boundary on one side, however, the best opening spells of the season from Deji & Steve B left the visitors reeling at 22-3 off 12. Deji (6-1-15-2) picking up both of his victims courtesy of "relay" catches and Steve B (6-1-7-1) clean bowling the dangerous Green without score.

There followed a brief consolidation by Honey and Davidson but Alex W's "stump to stump" approach once again proved to be the undoing of the Boxted batting line up as he repeated as his four wicket haul at Boxted earlier in the season removing the middle order with ease (5-0-19-4). Not to be outshone by his fellow bowlers Kev B was keen to show the skipper he should have entered proceedings sooner as he took the final two wickets with his one and only over - including that of Honey (28) who had proved to be the only batsman capable of making double figures.

A return to form in many respects for the 2nd's but the top order will be keen to score some runs sooner rather than later. The bowlers, undoubtedly stars of the show, must equally strive to minimise extras ... of the visitors score of 76 only 48 were off the bat!

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