MCC Royally Beaten by Cavaliers!

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The Colonial Cavaliers hail from Boston, USA, and were formed in 2004 by James Fry ad Donovan Hudson after years of lamenting a lack of cricket in their lives. They arrived in Marshfield for their 3rd game of the tour and promptly made for drinks at the Wheel, in true touring fashion. They arrived at Broadleys superbly attired in striped blazers and after being given the option elected to bat first in a 35 over per side match.

The Marshfield CC XI had evolved over the morning with late withdrawals and now look predominantly like a 2/3rd XI, with a notable lack of pace bowling, notwithstanding the willing Jon Wright, who turned coat on his colonial brethren to become the 11th man for the home side.

After some head-scratching, the home skipper, your correspondent, opted for an all-spin opening attack, with Matt Watson and Glen Perry wheeling away. The touring openers wasted no time in tucking into such generosity and compiled a stand of 90 for the first wicket. Also providing spinning options were Chris Ruddell, who took two wickets and had a couple more dropped, but proved somewhat expensive at 7-0-55-2. Callum Burnstone bowled a tidy set for 7-0-30-1, and both Martin Roper and Matt Watson picked up two late wickets apiece, with the Cavaliers finishing on 228, and P. Patel, M. Patel and P. Hawthorne all bagging half centuries.

In reply Marshfield swiftly lost Glen Perry to a mistimed pull, but those watching were now treated to some sumptuous timing from Callum Burnstone, and hard-hitting from Kev Hendy, as the score raced along at 8 an over. Kevin departed for 26, and now the middle order fell apart, with Roper, Ollie Hendy, Charles Harris, Jon ‘Turncoat’ Wright and Matt Watson only adding four runs between them. Fortunately, Callum was batting intelligently, putting away bad balls with some severity, although, with the score 133-7, and not many overs remaining, victory seemed very much the least likely option.

Chris Ruddell batted well for 13 in a 60 run partnership but was lost with just 9 balls to go with the score at 193-8, and 36 runs still needed. Malcolm Miller was able to find the boundary, but in the last over, despite some valiant hitting from Callum, Marshfield ran out of balls and lost by 17 runs.

Tribute must be paid to Callum’s sensational knock of 152 not out from 92 balls, including 17 fours and 7 sixes, with no discernible errors – a wonderful display of controlled hitting.

The game was played in excellent spirit, and after the match, both sides exchanged mementoes (a club cap and pennant from Marshfield and a plaque from the Cavaliers).

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Tim Wooman


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