Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

4 August 2011

Cavaliers defeat University to clinch Alan Barlow Challenge Cup

Under skies like the roof of Hades, these two behemoth teams clashed, the pride of Divisions One and Two. Kevin Lines lobbing hand grenades and Tim Berry as accurate as a sniper with the enemy in his sights restricted the scholars openers to a scorer’s dip in his inkwell and little on the page.
Then two maiden overs of awesome venom from John Wilson peppered the top order whilst removing 3 for 15 in his remaining two. A seriously strong university top order batting line up fast wilted, aided by two magnificent boundary catches by Robbie Mitchell and Mike Pearce. Rohan Kheira mopped up the rest taking 4 for 15; which might have been a fifer for even less had two close stumpings been given out. The University hence 92 ‘All Out’; with Cavaliers being the only team this season to remove them all, and for a score that looked meagre compared to their Division One exploits. However, scoring on a poor wicket that always favoured bowlers was never going to be easy. This was an outstanding fielding performance, the highlight of the Cavaliers Evening League season, marred only by an unfortunate serious leg injury to Tony Mayhew (we wish him fast recovery).

As the lighting flashed and the thunder clouds gathered, Robbie Mitchell(24) soon put the University bowlers to the sword; surviving controversy when the University claimed a catch off a ‘bump ball’. The pace of the innings accelerated as the rain drops spat, but fortunately didn’t become sustained drizzle. Under ever diminishing light, a change of bowling introduced the dangerous combination of Butt (2-23) and Murtaza (2-11). Suddenly the Division Two champions innings wobbled. But Man of the Match Dan Skinner (38 not out), ably supported by Sean Cobb, who hit a superb four to conclude matters, saw us home with five wickets in hand and two overs to spare. In summary a quite outstanding team performance to overcome an strong and competitive University side.

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