Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

25 April 2015

Runs Galore for the Cavaliers

Today saw the Saturday XI travel to Kelvedon & Feering CC to play their third XI in the Two Counties Championship.

With captain S Pillalamarri winning his second toss of the season the Cavaliers batted first. With opener F Murtaza running late, the captain stepped up to help set the early pace, scoring 52 runs (from just 59 balls) in an opening partnership of 83 with D Dellar (34), who fell shortly afterwards. With a solid foundation laid, N Jalib and F Murtaza scored the first hundred partnership of 2015 for the Cavs, adding 116 for the third wicket before Jalib was dismissed 'hit wicket' for 55 (61 balls). That dismissal slowed the run rate for a short time, but Murtaza (84* from 70 balls, with 10x4 & 3x6) and Z Ahmed (24* from 19) ensured that the Cavaliers posted an impressive 261/3 from their 45 overs (only 32 runs shy of the club record score!).

After a cap presentation to Murtaza (for his first 50 for the Cavs last week), the second innings started well for the Cavaliers, with opening bowlers A Sarwar (5-1-11-0) and Z Ahmed (5-1-11-0) both swinging the ball into the right-handed openers to have Kelvedon on 28/0 after 10 overs. With change bowlers N Davidson (5-1-20-0) and N Hussain bowling well, the pressure eventually told with Hussain taking two quick wickets, thanks to some great slip catching by Dellar (one low, diving forward, & one above head height). From that point on wickets fell regularly, with K Jayasinghe (replacing Davidson) claiming a couple of wickets on his way to figures of 4-0-25-2. Following a run out by Jalib/Young and another wicket for Hussain (caught behind), Pillalamarri introduced himself to the attack and took two quick wickets to leave Kelvedon floundering on 122/8. With Hussain bowling the Kelvedon #9 to claim his fourth wicket, the chance of a maiden 5-fer (and a cap) was on... Sadly, despite a couple of close LBW and stumping shouts, Pillalamarri (4.2-2-12-3) claimed the last wicket via a stumping to leave N Hussain with fine figures of 13-2-42-4 to go with a well-deserved man of the match award.

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