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Tower Cavaliers v Rose & Crown

Thursday 7 May 2009, Victoria Park
Tower Cavaliers won by 4 runs

Tower Cavaliers lost the toss and were put into bat

Tower Cavaliers: 143 for 3 in 16 overs
Kenneth Marshall 29
Dr Paul Johnson 16
Cain Duncan 43
Stephen Williams 46 not out
Dave 1-18

Rose & Crown: 139 for 7 in 16 overs
Sean 36
Paul 22
Cain Duncan 3-17
Abbas Rizvi 1-21
Stephen Williams 1-48
Dr Paul Johnson 1-41

A cloudy, cold and windy Victoria Park saw a rematch of the 2008 Divison Three decider pairing Tower Cavaliers and Rose and Crown.

Rose and Crown won the toss and put the Cavaliers in to bat. A solid start was made by Paul Johnson and Kenneth Marshall. Johnson's dismissal, bowled missing a straight one from Dave brought in Cain Duncan who quickly set about the bowling, striking a number of boundaries.  Marshall was caught and bowled by Patrick for 29 (this off a ball which umpire Robert Waugh later admitted, after a subdued Drogba-esque confrontation lacking only the flip-flops, should have been a no-ball)!

The captain, Stephen Williams came to the crease and he and Cain Duncan continued to strike boundaries, including 2 sixes from Williams, no mean feat on pitch 3. Cain Duncan fell trying to make his ground after being sent back on a single in the final over, and was run out.

Waugh's brief cameo appearance assisted Williams in adding 2 further runs, which seemed insignificant at the time. The innings closed on 143 for 3. The total would have been considerably higher but for many examples of excellent fielding from Rose and Crown.

Rose and Crown batted steadily, their increasing total being assisted by some wayward bowling into the strong wind which added extras at an alarming rate. Fortunately for Cavaliers debutant Abbas Rizvi and Duncan kept the downwind end fairly tight. A relative lack of boundaries, steady fall of wickets and the decreasing light left Rose and Crown needing 20 off the final 8 balls. Further extras and a comedy of errors - akin to the great Sid James, on the final ball almost enabled them to make the total.

A good and enjoyable opener to the season played in a very good spirit which was won by Tower Cavaliers by 4 runs.

Submitted by Alkesh Solanki of Tower Cavaliers


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