Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

5 September 2010

Winning Streak Continues

The Cavaliers 2nd XI recorded their 3rd straight PDQ Div 4 victory* on Sunday with a 28 run win Away to bottom side Wormingford.

With the home side's skipper unable to conduct the toss (bat and indeed see) Vinnie still managed to lose it and thus the visitors were asked to bat first on what looked to be a very (very) tired and slow wicket.

The customary 2nd XI opening pair of Pete & Paul started in a fashion resembling the pitch itself and though perhaps guilty of being a little over cautious at times they were not aided by the waist high outfield (though this was offset by the rather generous out fielding).

In the 16th over with the score having moved on to 36 Paul (23) was first to fall as he looked to accelerate the run rate bringing to the crease the forever in-form skipper but he too struggled to bring any fluency to proceedings early on in his innings.
11 overs later with the score having progressed to 69 Pete fell c&b for a watchful 22 and neither Luke W (11) nor Alex C (6) were able to make any impact, however, their loss was to prove to be the Cavaliers' gain.
Alex W batting at 6 soon had the scoreboard racing along as he looked to ensure the visitors achieved a score he could bowl at ... in partnership with Vinnie the pair put the home side under constant pressure with a mixture of positive running and aggressive stroke play.
Vinnie having "struggled" (his words - "rolleyes") brought up yet another half century before being bowled at the back end of the innings by Denny for 65, however, he and Alex W had to that point put together an invaluable 76 run partnership in just 9 overs. Alex W soon followed his skipper back to the Portacabin for a Cavaliers-best 45 amassed off just 34 deliveries - a great effort given the circumstances, an innings which included a notable straight (flat) six into the wind !
Dan Sm & Stuart J batting at 7 & 8 respectively were left with few deliveries to work with but their kamikaze running ensured the visitors made it 200 with the innings closing on 201-6 off the allotted 45 overs.

In reply Steve B and Stuart J opened the bowling and seemingly inspired by the best tea of the season they soon had the home side struggling with Stuart removing the key man (and now slightly less hungover) Denny without score, his replacement Cobie soon after and Bunn (17) in his opening five over spell. Steve B bowling with excellent pace & control from the other end dismissed Shave somewhat fortuitously with one that kept low but it was no more than he deserved having been past the bat on countless occasions.

When Dan S (6-0-32-1) removed Jones (19) the home side were struggling at 59-5 and victory seemed assured, however, an excellent 6th wicket partnership between Smith & Constable brought the result back into question leading Vinnie to turn to his Golden Arm and Alex W (6-0-32-1) duly obliged removing Smith (31) with his very first delivery (a delivery Barnes Wallis would have been proud of!). Tony M keen to get in on the act removed Constable (20) and again the home side were teetering at 111-7.

What ensued thereafter can only be described as mild panic as the big hitting Pahuru (47*) went all out attack ably supported by the tail. Though Tony M (10-0-39-2) picked up a further wicket the result was very much in the balance until Stuart (7-0-32-4) and Steve B (9.2-0-30-2) were brought back into the attack and quickly brought an end to Vinnie's anguish as they each collected a wicket bringing Wormingford's stubborn resistance to an end - 173 all out (39.2 overs)

Another good win for the Cavaliers (and far fewer extras conceded in the field) - the result tempered only by the slightly surprising results arising from the other fixtures on the day.

With two games to go points are still required if the Cavaliers are to avoid being Robbed of their Div 4 status in 2011.

* one conceded admittedly...

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