Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

24 May 2011

Team Effort to Overcome Bardfield

A solid all round performance secured a much needed, confidence boosting victory over Little Bardfield. Having only beaten promotion partners Purleigh so far this season the First XI needed to gain a victory against an established Division 1 side. Only time will tell us whether we've encountered unusually strong sides so far or played poorly ourselves, but Bardfield looked vulnerable when they arrived late with only 9 players.

Late calls offs meant we were also one short until Robbie could join us after work so there was little doubt about batting first after winning the toss. Another solid start from Simon & Justin but just as we had the bowlers under pressure Simon chopped on hanging his bat out to dry. Danny followed soon after misjudging a drive in the air to cover. Justin was batting beautifully, occasionally troubled by bounce from the bowling of the Bardfield skipper, Hymas but also aggressive on anything wide. His turned out to be a match winning innings with support coming from Jack and Stuart in particular. Robbie and JJ came together at the end to boost the score with some fine running between the wickets and aggressive hitting.

Stuart took full advantage of the wind to clean bowl both openers and Jon kept things tight at the other but Bardfield counter attacked as Dave struggled to bowl into the wind. A swap of ends for Dave with some pace from Danny at the other end restored control as the required rate pushed up beyond 6 an over. Once Hymas was out bowled by Danny the game was effectively over as none of the remaining batsmen looked likely to score at such a high rate. This game an opportunity for Craig to have his first spell for Cavaliers and JJ to enjoy an over.

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