Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

26 September 2011

Season Finale

Our final game of the season took us to Coggeshall, a ground that very few Cavaliers had ever played at. Although the wicket was well worn it played well and served up a good game with Cavaliers posting a respectable score but lacking front line bowling to defend. Darren continued in his new role of opening bat and was unlucky to receive a great delivery in the 'corridor' and an excellent catch at first slip. Jack came in to join Simon (68) and continued where they had left off the week before at Copford in adding 68 runs before Jack sliced a long hop in the air to mid-off and another fine catch. When Simon fell to a tight stumping decision there was still quite a bit of work to be done to secure a decent total but Dan Smith played straight and struck some fine shots in making an unbeaten 46; supported was offered by Stuart and JJ so we were only 5 wickets down at the close with 181 on the board.
After a fine tea, Stuart was very unlucky not to have two edges taken but Cavaliers were put under immediate pressure with the Coggy openers striking boundaries. Darren took a sharp return catch to make the first break through and Stuart was the eventual winner of an engaging contest with overseas player Ovenstone, but thereafter the bat dominated. JJ and Tony took additional wickets but the result was not in doubt and the target was reached within 30 overs.

It has been a tough first season in Division 1 although Phil is correct that this is our highest ever season end position. Lack of availability from our best players has prevented us competing as often as we'd have liked and that has been tough to accept, however when we fielded a strong side we've enjoyed good games regardless of the opposition. With the restructure of the leagues coming Division 2 should be a tough competition in 2012 and so we can look forward to some good cricket, played in a sporting manner. Although the opposition teams contain some good players the most disappointing part of the season has been the poor attitude of the young players we've faced. With the exception of Little Baddow and fellow new comers Purleigh few of the other sides have shown any understanding of the traditional ethos of the game. Perhaps due to having panel umpires the concept of 'walking' has fallen out of the game at this level as have other good manners should as scoring the opposition book and clapping incoming batsmen to the crease. The foul language of certain players and the general 'chat' would be unacceptable at higher levels of cricket and something should be done by the committee and umpires panel to address this. So, looking forward to next season, we must continue to recruit new players, hopefully finding a few that are keen to play more than the occasional game and get back to enjoying our cricket. Finally a huge thank you to everyone that has played this year - I look forward to seeing everyone at the Presentation Dinner on the 15th October.

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