Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

22 April 2014

Catches Win (or lose) Matches

You just know it's your day when you are dropped early in your innings and your luck's definitely in when you get another reprieve and then another ....... well it would be rude to score a ton having had so much luck so why not give it away with a rash shot on 99? Despite facing a strong Copdock side the Second XI could well have come away with a victory after some strong performances were it not for all those missed catches. Lack of practice? Cold hands? Poor light? All the excuses were to be heard in the bar after the game.

First game of the season and a lovely afternoon at Copdock. The wicket was about as hard as the A12 and Ed was forced to re-evaluate his plan to field first.

Unaccustomed to early season bounce and carry the Cavaliers top order was a bit shell shocked and at 14-3 somewhat in tatters but Ed was leading from the front and Sid looked in the mood. Both went on to make their top score for the club (60 and 51 respectively) in a stand of 120(ish). With a flurry of runs at the end this was enough to post a competitive score of 178 - although 200 would have been par given the conditions.

James Bardell bore the brunt of the poor catching seeing three go down as the Copdock openers set about anything short. Zubair also bowled a decent opening spell but when Sid replaced him at the Colchester end the first wicket fell.

Before long it was the rain falling and around the same time someone turned the lights out. Fielding became increasingly hard but bowling a bar of soap's no fun and the batsmen were also struggling to hit any decent bowling. With Dan Smith doing a remarkable job of bowling good lines and length wickets started to fall but runs were leaking away too quickly and despite taking a brilliant 5-for Copdock were over the line with 8 overs and 4 wickets in hand.

MoM Award: Dan Smith

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