Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

26 May 2015

Elton Regain Bails

Yesterday saw the Cavaliers play their last tour fixture against Elton in a bid to retain the Paris Bails trophy.

Having lost the toss, the Cavs were asked to bat first on a tricky wicket. With the Elton opening bowlers giving very little to hit, the Cavs opening batsmen worked incredibly hard to get the score to 27/0 from 21 overs before Parry (5) was given out LBW. Captain S Gilhooly (3) followed soon after, and wickets began to fall regularly once N Jalib (15) was unlucky to be run out. Next to go was S Johnson (0), but N Hussain and J Rawlings then rebuilt to take the Cavs to 50/4 (in 31.1 overs) before a flurry of wickets saw Rawlings (9), P Johnson (0), N Davidson (controversially given LBW for 1), Hussain (6) and D Howell (0) all out to leave the Cavaliers floundering on 53/9 after 37.3 overs. D Young and T Mayhew then concentrated on survival, adding 15 runs (all extras) before the tea break to leave the Cavs on 68/9 at the interval.

After tea the Cavaliers opted to continue to bat, with the tenth wicket stand eventually worth 25 before Young (8 from 44 balls) was bowled off his pads, leaving Mayhew on 0*. The Cavaliers innings ended after 50.1 overs for 78 runs, with Elton captain J Heath (8-4-15-4) inflicting the most damage.

After a quick turnaround, J Rawlings (10-1-28-1) got an early breakthrough while D Howell (7-3-8-0) kept things tight from the other end. Rawlings was particularly unlucky, seeing three dropped chances off of his bowling as well as two LBW shouts turned down. The introduction of N Hussain (6-2-19-2) helped to give the Cavs hope while S Johnson (5-0-13-0) kept the run rate down. A late run out by Jalib (aided by Young knocking all three stumps to the ground!) was too little too late as S Lightfoot (35* to go with bowling figures of 15.1-6-17-2) scored the winning runs off T Mayhew (1.5-0-6-0), who provided a champagne moment the ball before as he looked to 'Mankad' (should this now be known as 'Mayhew-ing'?) the non-striker (hilarity ensued). Elton won by six wickets after 29.5 overs, shortly before the close of play, to regain the Bails.

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