Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

9 June 2011

Evening League Interim Report

Cavaliers Evening League side completed the first half of the season as the unbeaten clear league leaders after a convincing victory over DNA Networks, the only other unbeaten side up to this point. Skipper Phil Wolski surprisingly won the toss, only to discover he had flipped the coin with the captain of "The Firm" and due to play on the adjacent pitch. When the appropriate toss came, true to form, Phil made it six out of six losses and Cavaliers were put into bat. Cavaliers lost last weeks centurion Joe Hall early to an uncharacteristic loose shot, bringing Harish Kumar to the wicket for a fine 55. Dan Skinner also scored 55 not out, whilst a typically quick 33 by Robbie Mitchell saw Cavaliers to 166, a total that might have mirrored the massive totals of previous weeks if not for a fine bowling spell by DNA Networks pace-man Woodward. Dan Skinner moved closer to Evening League immortality as he moved his season’s total to a staggering 313 not out.

Four DNA wickets tumbled at a pace to the pedestrian guile of Kevin Lines's, who should have comfortably had a 'five-fer' had the umpire been looking at the batsman’s feet. Frankly, had it been a boxing match, the referee may have stopped the contest in the fourth over, but the status gave the skipper a chance to rest the regular suspects and that presented a bowling opportunity to others. DNA Networks struggled to 102 all out whilst James Borges, Chad Blackman and Shaun Cobb each showed talent with the ball, but were eclipsed by Ritchie Cook's 4 -11; assisted by four excellent steeple high catches in the deep by Robbie Mitchell. Ritchie instantly found a straight line, bounce, movement and an excellent length, leaving Phil scratching his head why he hadn't bowled him before.

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