Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

11 September 2010

Kirby Goes Bananas

The Cavalier's 2nd XI visit to Kirby saw a determined effort from the visitors to re-enact their last meeting as they fell to a comprehensive (and rapid) 8 wicket defeat.

Going into the match knowing that 6 bonus points were required from the last two league fixtures to be sure of finishing outside the bottom two the players watched on with some trepidation as Vinnie went to the middle to conduct the toss. As is customary he lost and with weather likely to be a key factor in proceedings the Kirby skipper had little hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first.

In a change to proceedings the Cavaliers opened up with Luke & Paul - the latter being so horrified at the prospect that he conspired to get himself out without score. It was clear to all that the skipper would need to produce the goods (again) batting at 3 if they were to post a competitive total for the likes of G Wilson to chase down. All but Luke that is and he duly ran Vinnie (2) out with the score on 18.

Harish well aware that he too would most likely be run out sooner rather than later went on the offensive putting the opening bowlers under immediate pressure whilst at the same time looking to dismantle a few tennis players on the leg side boundary with one particularly noteworthy six over deep square.

Having put on 39 for the 3rd wicket in relatively quick time Harish (27) was dismissed trying to hit over mid-off and his dismissal sparked perhaps the most spectacular of all n spectacular Cavaliers Collapses this season as the visitors proceeded to lose a further 5 wickets for just 6 runs including that of Luke (26) who having put off going back to the pavilion for as long as possible was finally trapped LBW (not given by Vinnie I should add).

At 63-8 (from 57-2) the chances of obtaining a single batting point seemed remote but Deji at 7 had other ideas. With a well paced 20 including a sumptuous 6 over deep mid wicket [halted in its tracks only by the intervention of a 4x4 in the car park!] hopes of a batting point were raised, however, the Cavaliers were unable to build on his heroics and fell 6 runs short of their "revised" target - 94 all out 30.3 overs

Keen to beat the much promised rain the Kirby openers looked to get off to something of a flier but Steve B had other ideas as he continued his excellent form removing Ray in his first over with with Luke taking a tidy catch at 1st slip.
Unfortunately the early breakthrough did not prove sufficient to halt the Kirby batting line up and nemesis of recent years George Wilson looked to put the home side in the ascendency hitting both good balls and bad to the boundary with some regularity. Harish bowling with good pace eventually removed Kirby's star man but it was all too little too late and Breame & Haris saw the batting side home with plenty of overs to spare.

Despite the heavy defeat results the following day ensured the Cavaliers 2nd's could no longer finish in the bottom two irrespective of the result from their last fixture to be played later this month.

The 2nd XI would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all involved in the Cavaliers 1st XI in winning the Div 2 title with their victory away at Gt. Totham - richly deserved and dare we say long overdue...

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