Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

12 July 2010

Strength in Depth

With the home side positioned as our nearest rivals in Division 2 it this fixture seemed likely to be a hard fought affair but Boxted had a few key players missing and the Cavaliers depth was the difference between the sides.

On a scorching hot day Simon elected to bat first despite being tempted to make use of the new ball and asked Robbie to open the batting with Justin unavailable and Jack working his way back into form. While Sexton was bowling well at one end the Boxted skipper was suffering at the other consistently going for a couple of boundaries in each over. Despite being in little trouble and scoring at a healthy 5 runs per over the Cavaliers somehow conspired to lose regular wickets with Simon prodding to gully and Danny mistiming a pull and falling to a ridiculously brilliant one handed catch. Jack showed that he had benefited from time in the middle for the Second XI last week before falling to his strength / weakness at point. When Robbie fell shortly after making a half century combining aggression and caution, the innings was in some trouble at 114-4 but Stuart, carrying an injury, was making the most of his opportunity as a specialist batsman . Going on to make an unbeaten 86, his highest ever score for the Cavaliers, Stu held the innings together with good support from Darren and the rest of the tail.

A total of 230 looked healthy but by no means unassailable and the Boxted openers also managed to maintain a run rate of 5 an over against the pace of Danny and Robbie who both bowled good lines. The turning point of the innings came with the introduction of Dave H who bowled good flight with accuracy and took all four of the top order batsmen but while the healthy run rate was being maintained the result wasn't certain. The Cavaliers could finally relax once skipper Pearce fell as Darren joined the fun by ripping out the next three batsmen. Phil added three victims to his 2010 collection to 'silence' his critics. ;-)

A great victory now leaves the Cavaliers with an advantage of three victories over nearest rivals Purleigh and Boxted in the push for promotion.

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