A club-record bowling performance from Jonathan Mark and a captain’s innings from Rich Blagden were enough to see off CLS in the fading light at Babbacombe, but it was a close-run thing.
Skipper for the day James Ryder won the toss for the Cavaliers and put CLS in to bat. His side couldn’t have got off to a better start; a maiden from Andy Ryder was followed by two wickets in two balls from Jonathan Mark, and after eight balls CLS were 0-2 and in trouble already.
However, opening bat Paul Gaiton and Jamie Chamberlain set about rebuilding the innings, and the pair put on 18 for the third wicket before Gaiton was bowled – again by Mark. There was better to come for CLS, though, as Aaron Bowden joined Chamberlain at the crease, and both ran well and played some nice shots to move the score on to 43.
Then a moment of pure class; Bowden called a tight run, Si Cahill picked the ball up at midwicket and threw the stumps down to leave Bowden out by a couple of feet. Had it not been a direct hit, Bowden would probably have made it home safely, but it was a superb piece of fielding. When Cahill collected a leisurely spoon from Chamberlain to give Richard Hanniford his first Cavaliers wicket two balls later, CLS once again looked in trouble. However, Janacker Vijae played some classy shots to score 14 before being caught-and-bowled by James, then Roy Chamberlain batted well with the tail before being bowled by Si Cahill. The last few wickets fell with batsmen perhaps trying to be a little too aggressive a little too early, and Jonathan’s last over wrapped up the innings with a fourth wicket and a run out. CLS had been bowled out for 90 off 16 overs, and it was a total that would test the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers’ reply got off to an unconventional start, as ‘Boycott’ Blagden hit the first ball of the innings to the boundary, but cosmic adjustments were made as first Chris Hubbard and then James Ryder departed for ducks. The wickets brought the Cavaliers’ most reliable pair together at the crease, and Ian Chalk and Blagden began to turn the match in their favour. By the time Chalky was out caught for 20, the score had passed 50, but his wicket brought CLS new hope. Richard Hanniford followed shortly afterwards, but by now Blagden was seeing the ball well and finding the boundary regularly, and by the time he was bowled to a great yorker from Lee Chamberlain he and Si Cahill had taken the Cavaliers to within sight of victory. Cahill, Dave Allen and Jonathan Mark all added runs, and it fell to Kevin Johns to hit the winning runs in the final over.
It was a great game, and a perfect end to the season for the Cavaliers. CLS played extremely well, especially considering that it was their first-ever match, and were unlucky to just lose out in a close finish. We look forward to the rematch next year!
FOOTNOTE: While compiling the scorecard to accompany the match report, we discovered that the Cavaliers had actually scored 101 runs, not 91…
|Paul Gaiton||b Mark||10||20||1||0||50.00|
|Tom Gill||b Mark||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Lee Chamberlain||c A Ryder b Cahill||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Jamie Chamberlain||c Cahill b Mark||18||21||3||0||85.71|
|Aaron Bowden||run out (Cahill)||9||12||1||0||75.00|
|Roy Chamberlain||b Cahill||13||19||2||0||68.42|
|Janacker Vijae||c&b J Ryder||14||16||1||0||87.50|
|Paul Spagana||c Mark b J Ryder||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Steve Breed||b Johns||3||9||0||0||33.33|
|Neil Halliwell||b Mark||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|James Shortman||not out||4||1||1||0||400.00|
|Nigel Pike||run out (Hubbard)||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(4nb, 8w, 3b, 2lb)||17|
|TOTAL||90||all out (16.0 overs)|
|Rich Blagden||b Chamberlain||41||5||0|
|Chris Hubbard||b Breed||0||0||0|
|James Ryder||c (?) b Chamberlain||0||0||0|
|Ian Chalk||c (?) b Halliwell||20||3||0|
|Richard Hanniford||c (?) b (?)||1||0||0|
|Si Cahill||c (?) b Chamberlain||8||0||0|
|Jonathan Mark||not out||5||1||0|
|Dave Allen||c(?) b (?)||2||0||0|
|Kevin Johns||not out||3||0||0|
|Extras||(6nb, 11w, 4b)||21|
|TOTAL||101||for 7 (19.1 overs)|