Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

15 August 2015

Eight Ash Tail Wags

The Saturday XI travelled to Eight Ash Green today, and fielded first upon winning the toss.

The Cavaliers got off to a great start, with opening bowlers A Sarwar and Z Ahmed bowling good lines and lengths to reduce EAG to 31/5 in 10.3 overs. The Green then recovered through a sixth wicket partnership of 30 before M Wall (6-0-41-1) and F Murtaza claimed wickets in successive overs to leave EAG on 63/7. With Murtaza (6-1-18-2) claiming a second wicket four overs later, the Cavs were feeling confident having reduced their opponents to 82/8... What happened next was quite incredible, as the ninth wicket pair set about attacking the bowlers, with S Pillalamarri (7-1-50-0) and the returning openers, A Sarwar (11-2-47-3) and Z Ahmed (15-2-73-2), taking some punishment. Eight Ash ended their 45 overs on 232/8 as the ninth wicket pair of O Stovell (134*) and D Purser (39*) added an unbeaten 150 runs!!

With 233 required, the Cavs needed a good start, but the early wicket of F Murtaza (2) was not an ideal way to begin. A second wicket partnership of 50 between D Dellar and N Jalib helped the Cavs recover to 62/1, but the wickets of Dellar (43), Jalib (24) and S Pillalamarri (2) saw the score slip to 82/4. An attacking fifth wicket partnership of 42 between Z Ahmed and M Rasheed (10), followed by partnership of 17 between Ahmed (who reached a 48 ball 50) and P Johnson saw the Cavs up to 141/5, but with the required run rate approaching almost 10 an over the pressure told as Ahmed (51) and Johnson (3) were dismissed. With A Sarwar (5) out soon after, it was left to M Wall (5) and D Young (0*) to see the Cavs pass 150 (and a third batting point) before C Finch (0*) survived the last four balls to deny EAG maximum points. Finch also denied EAG bowler W Spicer (7-0-38-4) a five wicket haul as the Cavs finished their 45 overs on 157/9, losing by 75 runs.

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