Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

7 May 2014

Friendly Start for First XI

The first team enjoyed a warm up match against Chelmsford at Chelmer Park ahead of the first league match of the season.

It's been a while since Cavaliers played any friendlies and our inexperience meant the hosts had to rescue the situation and provide a match ball. The preliminaries were carried out in a friendly fashion and Cavaliers agreed to bat first in a 40 over match, slightly delayed as the Chelmsford keeper was late to arrive.

The first over was profitable as Simon dispatched over and under pitched balls to be boundary but the going was more sedate for the next 10 overs as the bowlers tuned their radar and Simon & Vinnie struggled with the slow pace of a soft, straw coloured wicket. Just as the opening pair started to accelerate Vinnie fell to a poor ball hit to extra-cover. The change bowlers, especially from the top end were regularly dispatched to the boundary as 80 runs were added for the second wicket putting the Cavaliers on a decent 100-ish off 20 overs. Captain Darren and Simon had a conference and decided to accelerate the scoring but this was Darren's downfall as he missed a pull. Young Ollie Hills was unlucky to time a flick to square leg. Debutant Salman took an immediate liking to the spinners dispatching them down the ground time and again to make 45 off 25 balls ensuring Cavaliers made a competitive score. Simon fell just short of his hundred and the inning closed at 221-9.

Tony Mayhew was not out for the 100th time since records began - an amazing achievement.

Stuart and Asif, on loan from C&EE, opened the bowling and it was immediately clear that Chelmsford were going to attack anything off line or length. Asif was very unlucky having found the edge of the stronger opener's bat only for Darren to shell the catch. With runs coming at an alarming rate Cavaliers turned to Noman and Ollie Hills who both made an impression by dismissing an opener each. Suddenly the game was back in our hands as tighter bowling restricted the scoring and the required rate got up towards 6 an over.

A good partnership led by the left handed #4 put that game back in Chelmsford's favour and thanks to some geriatric fielding and rusty bowling the game ran away from the Cavaliers, eventually going down by 5 wickets.

Man of the Match: Simon (92)

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