Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

23 May 2016

100% Record Maintained

The Cavaliers Sunday XI made their home debut by welcoming Halstead (who had won all 4 of their previous games) to the rugby club. With only 10 players and a number of regulars missing, skipper Dan Smith elected to bat, fearing being on the wrong end of things in the field (and the fact that he will always bat, regardless of the conditions). The captain and Gregg formed a makeshift opening partnership, Gregg getting bowled for 6 eyeing up cow corner. Dan and Jon played watchfully at first, with the new ball nibbling around a bit and unsure of the quality of the newcomers behind them. Dan just started to get on top of the bowling before feathering one behind for 31, Jon following in similar style a few overs later for 32. Nadeem and Tariq, both making their debuts for Cavs really took the game to the opposition. They rode their luck a little with a number of chances going down in the field, but deserved a bit of fortune as they biffed it to all parts before Tariq was for bowled for 29. Anyone who has ever seen James bat before would arrange all 9 fielders in a line from deep square leg to cow corner. Halstead had an offside field, bowled on his legs and he tucked in for a rapid 28 not out. Nadeem finished with a fantastic debut knock of 77 not out. Cavaliers closed their 40 overs on 222-4.

Again, we were forced to make changes in the field, with Dan taking the gloves for the first time, with the usually ever-present Mr. Young scoring for Nigeria in Jersey. Halstead looked to put pressure on Cavs in the field by taking quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over, despite some tidy bowling from Jon (6-0-35-1) and Neville (7-0-27-3). In a departure from that tidy bowling, Jon slipped in a pretty dirty waist high full toss which dropped onto the stumps for the first wicket. At the other end, Neville was giving little away and clean bowled the next 3 batsmen with some wonderful deliveries. Nadeem (5-1-25-2) showed that run-ups are over-rated, by generating a fair amount of pace, with accuracy, off a couple of paces. James (4-0-35-0) bowled much better than his figures suggested, but was unfortunate to come up against a middle order who were looking to tee off. With the danger that things might be getting away from us, the skipper turned to Tony (2-0-2-2), who bowled a mesmerising spell, getting the dangerous Roper out stumped in the process and with it the game. Tony had to be swiftly withdrawn from the attack to give others the chance to have a bowl. Tariq (1-0-8-0) and Craig (1-1-0-0) had an over each and were unlucky not to take the last wicket, before Javed (0.5-0-1-1) had the last man caught by Tariq to win the game. Halstead had started with 11, but one of their fielders had to go to hospital after being struck on the finger in the field. He returned, but couldn't bat, meaning only 9 wickets were required for victory. Halstead finished on 135 all out. Cavaliers claimed what looked like an unlikely 87 run win.

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