After the joy of our victory against Shaldon, we came crashing back down to earth at Thorverton. A batting line-up that we’d consider one of our best capitulated against a young Thorverton side, and we only beat our lowest score ever by a single run.
The match didn’t start too badly for us with both Kev and Aaron looking miserly in their opening spells, but we didn’t take our first wicket until the batsmen were one short of the 50 partnership and things went from mediocre to worse. We didn’t field badly but the intensity that had underlain the Shaldon win was missing, and with a few misfields and big hits there were few bowling figures to be proud of. Only Kev went for less than five an over (a creditable 5-1-22-1) but it was left to Alan Bristow to really take the plaudits with figures of 4-1-15-3 – including one bowled, one caught and one stumped. We felt 192-7 was probably par and probably a bit beyond us, but we were confident in giving it a go.
The first ball of the innings was dispatched to the boundary via a well-hit cover drive from yours truly, but the wheels came off from there. Thors bowled tidy lines on and outside off stump and the occasional variable bounce made us all wary of playing across the line. Tight fielding made singles difficult to come by and our top order all fell trying to force the issue – Jules edging to slip, me slashing to point, AB driving uppishly to cover and Dave top-edging trying to sweep round the corner. AB was our top scorer with six and we were in real trouble. Normally we get a partnership down the order to get us out of situations like this but today it didn’t happen and the low scores continued to the end. But for a change of umpires and a couple of wides, we might not have made our lowest previous score of 28. It was desperate stuff.
Thorverton were great hosts as ever and we look forward to returning next year, but for the Cavaliers there is much work to be done.