After a week of almost constant rain, we were lucky that the weather dried up just enough for us to get a game in at one of our favourite venues, Thorverton. Though we didn’t exactly excel with the bat, the scorecard showing five ducks, it was another good performance in the field and there were some notable successes for our part-time bowlers.
An early lbw for Chris aside, however, there was nothing but toil for our opening bowlers and Thorverton made a solid start. A massively hungover birthday boy Kev was leaking boundaries and it fell to Chris to get us our second breakthrough, but by then Thorverton had passed 50 and were well on their way. Stait made 30, Millward (32) became Bob’s first Cavalier wicket when he was caught by Chris on the boundary, and Whaley also got his first ‘proper’ wicket when Si took a sharp catch in the covers to remove Broom for 1. Hanget and Maxwell consolidated for Thorverton, taking them past 100, before Maxwell was out just two short of a his half-century. He rather unluckily gloved one down the legside, and much to his credit walked after the umpire said ‘not out’.
There was still time in the innings for Chalky to come on and bowl Broom with the first ball of his one-over spell, and for Nick to have Rice caught down the leg side as well. Kev took a rare catch to give Si a wicket, and Thorverton finished on 202-8.
It was noted as we went out to bat that we needed 203 to win, a target we had reached before in our record club total. Today we had a decent top four, so we thought we had an outside chance of a win if we got off to a good start. It proved to be quite a big ‘if’.
Aaron and I both scratched around rather ineffectively for a while, before he was out sixth ball. I lasted a little while longer but barely managed to lay bat on ball and was also out for 0. This left Chalky and Nick quite a task, and it wasn’t long before Nick missed a straight one and was also bowled, albeit for a heroic 8. On the plus side, I managed to capture the moment on camera:
I’m sure we’ll be seeing that photo again.
David Watts was next in and he and Chalky put together a decent partnership, before Chalky was out caught for 19. Ryan was caught and bowled and Bob bowled, both for 0, and although Chris counter-attacked well in making 14 not out the game was up. We were dismissed for 67 – eight of us bowled.
All in all, a good effort, but we need to start getting some runs on the board!