Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

10 August 2010

Days that shook the World: Wolski's Diving Catch

The first XI increased their winning streak in Division 2 to 11 games (club record?) by avenging a sour defeat in the corresponding fixture last season. With our Spy well and truly deep in the Colchester and East Essex midst’s, it was known beforehand that out task was made considerably easier due to lack of availability from our opponents, sadly resulting in our second XI without a fixture.
Stuarts job as ‘Stand In Captain’ was made easier as he lost the toss and C & EE with no hesitation deciding to bat, bit of an ‘Ricky Ponting’ moment (re Edgbaston 2005). So in bowling friendly conditions Stuart and Robbie set about the Colchester and East Essex openers, to say the pitch was offering assistance would be an understatement but you still have to put it in the right areas and that’s exactly what these two seasoned Cavaliers did. After 7 overs, the scoreboard stood at 2-1. Robbie finishing his spell with impressive figure of 7-5-6-2.
His first victim is one that will live long in the memory, it was one of those moments when everybody stood still to take in what actually happened, then there was an massive eruption of euphoria and joy! It’s was a case on you had to be there but Wolski’s wicket keeping hit a new high with an amazing one handed diving catch to his right! Absolutely stunning stuff!
A small partnership then built for the visitors but the run rate was never out of control, all Cavaliers bowlers contributed with very economical figures, Darren bowling his most fluent spell of the season and narrowly missing out on a well deserved hat trick, and Harish and Ben (aka Bob Willis) also picking up an wicket each. Even a couple of run outs, courtesy of Harish and Petty Officer Jack Kneeshaw which helped our cause, but it’s has to be said that the fielding was occasionally brilliant, then depressing awful at times, something that will need to improve next season.
A target of 95 was never going to be a problem with the strength of batting we have, and newly promoted opener Harish (43*) and second XI skipper Vinter (29) put on 60 for the 1st wicket, and the total of 96 was accomplished in the 23rd over with Ben Moore hitting the winning runs.
With our nearest competitors in the league both losing the finishing line is coming closer.

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