Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

1 August 2010

Tough Day at the Office

Another tough day at the office for the Cavaliers 2nd XI as they slumped to a 140 run defeat at the hands of Abberton & District 3rd XI.

Missing "inspirational" skipper Vinter (he told me to put that) the Cavaliers won the toss and with heavy cloud cover opted to bowl first. The decision almost bore fruit with immediate effect alas Alex C was unable to hold onto a sharp chance at cover off the very first ball. Steve B & Harish were both unfortunate to not pick up a wicket in their respective opening spells and the introduction of the Wisbey brothers did little to stem the flow of runs with Luke proving particularly expensive. It was left once again to Alex W to get the breakthrough (6-1-34-1) as he removed Welton (45) in the 22nd over with the score on 98.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers the breakthrough came at a cost with Kemsley Robb striding to the crease at No3 .. an unusual sight for most in Div 4 given 2009 was spent captaining the 1st XI (hitting 992 runs in the process). Needless to say Luke in particular struggled against the hard hitting South African with his last over costing 24 including 3 sixes (9-0-66-0) ... indeed so clean was the hitting that Alex W felt compelled to take an over out of proceedings to save his car!

Despite the onslaught the remainder of the visitors' bowling attack persisted and Harish & Tony were both able to regain some control with Harish (10-1-41-2) removing the dangermen Robb (66) [courtesy of a fine catch by Paul M at deep midwicket] and Cowland (58). Tony (10-1-41-2) removed the middle order with Alex W taking a notable catch at long on and Steve B (10-0-52-2) continued Harish's good work as he returned to complete his allotted overs and close out the innnings picking up a couple of well deserved wickets. The home side closed on 244-8 which though impressive was perhaps lower than they may have expected having at one stage been 168-1 off 30 with Robb looking to be in imperious form.

Having struggled in the field the Cavaliers batting reply never really got going. Having lost an early wicket Luke (35) rallied briefly but with the run rate virtually unassailable the middle order had little choice but to chance their arm and thus despite lusty blows from Alex C, Harish & Pete J the innings petered out with the Cavaliers thankful for the half dozen wides bowled at the death as they staggered over the 100 mark thereby securing the much coveted batting point ... 102 all out 33.3 overs

The margin of defeat side was both unfortunate and undeserved - had a couple of chances stuck early on it could have been a very different game.

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