Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

18 September 2010

Big Scores all Round

The First XI started a weekend of games with a visit to second placed Purleigh who needed a win to secure promotion themselves as well as the satisfaction of stealing a victory over the league champs. Unfortunately the two games stretched our resources to the limit and we fielded a side containing just 10 men including only three first XI regulars. Purleigh won the toss and elected to bat first with a 40 over game being agreed.

Right from the start the extra gaps in the field were penetrated at regular intervals by the big hitting Freeguard, Stuart strove to get the all important early break through without success and Alex W went for 14 off his first 3 balls before settling onto a length and bowling a good spell of 9 overs with one victim. Phil Everitt entered the attack early on and bowled two excellent deliveries before somewhat losing his length to be expensive for his single victim, Tony could have had Freeguard caught at long on but the ball just entered the tree branches at the critical moment. he too managed a victim at the other end.

There followed a big partnership for the fifth wicket with Freeguard continuing the devastation going past 100 and then 150 in next to no time. As options ran out Simon was persuaded to take the ball himself and despite a nervous first few balls managed to produce a decent in-swinger to take his first wicket for the club. Martin Pawsey took a wicket in the following over and then Simon managed to lure Freeguard into pulling to deep square shortly after completing a quite remarkable double ton. Despite wickets going down freely at the end Purleigh closed on 302-8, the largest total ever conceded by the Cavaliers First XI and probably the first time anyone scored over 200 against us.

The Cavaliers reply got away to a solid start but Peter was caught just as he started to look at home. Luke was next to the crease and played a very handsome innings cutting the ball sweetly to rotate the strike and score his own share of boundaries as Simon was accumulating his own collection at the other end. Although the target was rising past 10 per over for the last 18 overs there was a short time when it was possible that we might get close but once Luke fell for a well constructed 39 no-one else was able to hang around long enough until Rob C entertained us with some big hits.

Simon completed his hundred but was unable to find enough sixes to make it close and eventually fell stumped. Despite the heavy defeat there was a good team spirit at the end and everyone seemed to come away from the game with something positive.

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