Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

3 May 2011

Nice One Anthony!

After the unfortunate events which lead to the cancellation of Saturdays League Fixture, the Cup provided Cavaliers with a second win of the season, against the opponent to which the first win came. Losing the toss, Cavaliers were asked to bat first. Simon and Vinnie opened the batting, with Vinnie's ears still ringing from his blown exhaust. However this was Vinnie highpoint of the day as the opening stand exceeded 100 in 25 overs. As the remaining Cavaliers were making the bets of whom was to score 50 first, the book was close as Simon has the strike on 49 and a 8 runs advantage over MV. Whether we put the mockers on him I'm not sure, but he was out next ball! Sorry mate! Dan Skinner was next man in, and while Raj and Amir were ordering their final course at a local curry house, the score was moving upwards. After not receiving much of the strike, Vinnie eventually reached his fifty. Wickets then started to tumble at one end while Dan Skinner was finding his first form of the season, ending his innings with a 50. A total of 193 was reached, but after such a great platform a higher score should have been achieved.
Cavaliers then set about stopping Purleigh reaching their target, and all was going to plan after 5 overs, Purleigh were 5-3 with Stuart with 2 victims and Amir 1, but dangerman Freegaurd was still in. Freegaurd starting finding his form hitting boundarys regularly, but could he find a partner to stay with him. The answer was "yes" for a long time as the score move up to 100. Little did Purleigh know we were holding back our top trump. Age 60+, Bowl Type Slow, Deception Rating 1, Experience Rating 100, Tony Mayhew showed all his class in an 10 over spell that perplexed the opposition and achieving a well deserve 5 scalps, putting Cavaliers in a strong position. Enough of the Tony love, Dan Smith then removed dangerman Freegaurd, with a beauty that spun past his bat, leaving Wolski a forward stumping chance. With still 30 runs needed and a wicket to take, Purleigh lead a fightback, narrowing the gap to 7 runs, til the tail ender toe ended a Skinner delivery to Mid off where Dan Smith took the winning catch.
A good game, a good win and a home tie next round.

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