Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

22 May 2014

Cavaliers break their duck

This week the Cavs 2s were forced to play their home game at Mile End and, in a strange twist, Real Oddies were the away side having moved base to the Garrison, and were returning to their old home before having played at their new. Oddies skipper Pete Pearson won the toss on the hottest day of the year and unsurprisingly chose to bat. It took first change bowler Zubair (10-2-34-1) to break the opening partnership swinging one in to trap Pearson lbw after James Bardell was again unlucky in his opening spell. After that, M Hall (85) played his shots and rode his luck whilst building frustrating partnerships with a number of Oddies which helped the away side build a reasonable score. Sid's best bowling (4 for 41) for the club, assisted by a smart slip catch by Karl, kept the Oddies in check but the lower order stuck around long enough to play out all the full 45 overs. Atif S (10-2-31-1) and Craig (2-0-6-1) took late wickets before James (10-2-34-1) clean bowled the last man with the final ball of the innings. All of which left the Cavaliers a reasonable target of 176 to win. 

The reply started with a bang as Raj (14) took 12 off the first over, but he perished trying to continue the assault against the ever accurate Pearson. Sid (18) and Ed (48*) then built a base against the opening bowlers, as it came apparent that both would bowl straight through. Unfortunately Sid chipped to cover in 19th over which meant new batsmen had to get themselves in before the attack on the change bowling could begin. Zubair (7), Pete (0) and Greg (0) all fell to the deceptively dangerous Bulger (10-2-24-3) whilst Karl (6) was run out. Kelum (8) batted nicely and was unfortunate to be stumped off the keeper's pads which left the 2s in all sorts of bother at 97-7 in the 34th over. The stage was set for a hero, and on walked James. Playing straight and running hard (two all run 4s!) he smashed 37* in just 28 balls to get Cavs over the line with an over to spare.

MoM James Bardell for the match turning innings.

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