The Ramblers’ stuttering start to the season continued with a defeat to Colchester based Cavaliers. The heavy loss, by 9 wickets, left the ramblers sitting at the bottom of Piri Piri division two after two losses and two cancellations.
Ramblers headed into the fixture severely weakened, missing some significant players from the team that won promotion to Division Two. Captain Owen Nash was only able to field 10 players for the clash, including a recall for the evergreen club chairman Colin Garrod, although any hope of The Ramblers pulling off an unlikely victory were soon extinguished as Cavaliers took early wickets to take a firm grip on the contest. A fine sunny day turned grim and overcast , which would prove a good analogy for Ramblers’ fortunes on the field.
After losing the toss The Ramblers were put into bat on a lively pitch with Michael Cross (8) and Adam Daniels (12) opening the batting and scoring 16 in just 2 overs. The good mood in the camp was soured in the third over when Cavaliers made their first break through removing Cross cheaply after a promising start. This brought Nicky Comber (27) to the crease and he, again, top scored for his side. Comber stood firm whilst wickets tumbled around him with Daniels being dismissed after a good reflex catch. Enter and exit Alex Ball (6) with a characteristically slipshod innings, before Ben Cooper (0) Aaron Condon (0) failed to trouble the scorers. Simon Stewart (13*) came to the crease at 34 for 5 after 11 overs. At this point Cavaliers smelled blood but it would be another 27 overs, and the close of The Ramblers innings, before the Cavaliers saw the back of him as he put in an unyielding batting performance. Comber was dismissed after trying to push the scoring on, which left the tail to help The Ramblers onto 100 all out. With contributions from Charles Wray (10), Nash (7) and Garrod (4).
The total always looked way short of respectable and it didn’t take Cavaliers long to chase down their target, reaching their goal in under 16 overs with the help of a dropped catch and a 10 man field. The only bright moment came with the fall of the only wicket after a notable catch from Alex Ball off the bowling of Simon Stewart.
The Ramblers “Special Award” went to Simon Stewart for his hermetic forward defensive.
The Ramblers’ next fixture is away to Gt Bentley on the 9th June at 1pm