Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

18 April 2015

Saturday XI off to a Winning Start

The Cavaliers started their Two Counties campaign with a trip away to Copford 2nds.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers elected to bat first on a good-looking Copford pitch. With F Murtaza in an attacking mood, the Cavs raced along at over six runs per over, with Murtaza earning his club cap with a 33-ball maiden fifty for the club (8x4, 2x6). Shortly after reaching the landmark Murtaza (50) was bowled, ending an opening partnership of 68 with D Dellar. A flurry of wickets the slowed the run rate, with Z Ahmed (1), Dellar (22), S Pillalamarri (0) & S Anandraj (0) all falling in quick succession to leave the Cavaliers on 89/5. A good attacking partnership of 37 for the sixth wicket between K Hemstedt & N Jalib helped to steady the innings, with both players hitting some fine shots before Hemstedt was bowled for 24 (from just 28 balls). P Johnson now joined Jalib in a 40-run partnership, with Jalib (47 from 51 balls) falling just short of a deserved half-century. With Johnson (11) & A Sarwar (18) adding some valuable lower-order runs before being dismissed, N Davidson (26*) took it upon himself to provide an attacking (& highly entertaining) innings in an unbeaten partnership of 25 for the tenth wicket with D Young (5*). From 89/5, the Cavs recovered to 228/9 from their 45 overs, with M Seagrove (11-2-48-4) the pick of the Copford bowlers.

The Copford reply got off to a confident start, with an opening stand of 82 in the face of serious pace from A Sarwar (7-0-42-0) and accuracy from Z Ahmed (5-1-11-0 in his opening spell). A change in bowling saw N Davidson and S Pillalamarri (who bowled a succession of maidens after going for 19 in his first two overs) apply some pressure, with Davidson bowling Copford's leading batsman of the year, Samaranayake, for 49. The first wicket provided an opening, and N Davidson took full advantage to claim figures of 9-2-37-4, narrowly missing out on a cap & a hat-trick. With Copford wobbling on 96/4, a fifth wicket partnership of 38 had the Cavs on the back foot before N Jalib & D Young combined to run out R Soteriou (24). Pillalamarri (15-5-54-1) then had I Humm stumped and Z Ahmed returned to take two wickets, on his way to figures of 10-1-28-2, to put the Cavs in a very strong position. A late dropped catch cost Ahmed a third wicket, but Copford couldn't reach their target, ending on 182/8 as the Cavaliers won by 46 runs to claim 19pts (out of a possible 20).

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