Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

22 May 2011

Captain Fantastic

The Cavaliers 2nd's returned to form with a comfortable 77 run victory at home to Chappel.

Batting first in blustery conditions the home side were given the perfect start thanks to Pete & Vinnie's 101 opening stand. Pete having outscored his batting partner for most of his innings was first to fall (39) and Luke (6) seemingly keen to make a game of it soon followed his team mate back to the pavilion leaving the Cavaliers 113-2. Vinnie reasserted the Cavaliers' ascendancy moving past 50 with consummate ease ably supported by Ray who looked to return the strike to his more established partner at every given opportunity. Having been dropped inexplicably in the mid 80s Vinnie (127*) accelerated past three figures before dismantling the visitors' attack in the last five overs leading the home side to a very competitive score of 222 - Ray somewhat unfortunate to be given out caught behind on the final delivery of the innings.

Chappel in reply were immediately under pressure thanks to some fine bowling by the re-established opening pair of Steve and Deji. Steve (7-1-22-1) removed the ever dangerous Maytham (snr) without score thanks in no small part to Ray who took a very tidy head-high catch at 1st slip. A run out soon followed (Asten/Luke) and wickets fell steadily, Deji (7-3-13-1) removing the the free scoring Beckett with one that tailed in. The visitors regrouped enjoying a decent 5th wicket stand between Maytham [jnr] (54) and Munday (19) and though the result was never really in doubt it was still something of a relief as Ray (7-1-19-4) finally broke through Munday's defences. As is often the case one wicket led to a few more with all of the bowlers bowling well in tandem. Asten (10-1-34-1) proved too quick for the majority of the Chappel line up with his pace seemingly increasing as his spell wore on. Once Ray remove the visitors skipper (also bowled) the game was all but over save for some debut spells for Raj (2-0-12-0) & James (2.1-0-8-1) and it was the latter who brought the match to an end with a full and straight delivery that was simply too good for the youngster King.

A very solid victory for the 2nd's - displaying good "bounce-back-ability" after a disappointing defeat away to the Oddies the week prior. Once again the skipper led the way with an imperious knock but Ray pushed him hard for MOM honours having contributed with both bat and ball (not to mention a fine catch).

I think we would all agree that it's good to finally see the skipper working on his previously poor 50 to 100 ratio... long may it continue !

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