Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

22 August 2015

High Scoring Game at Witham

The Cavaliers Saturday XI played at Witham today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first with opening bowlers K Hemstedt (5-1-24-0) and M Wall (4-0-30-0) finding some swing, but the Witham openers found the boundary regularly. Change bowlers Z Ahmed and N Hussain then helped to reduce the run rate before the introduction of S Pillalamarri reaped dividends as he broke the opening stand of 101. Pillalamarri continued to chip away at the Witham batting line up despite some attacking shots, as N Hussian (13-1-67-0) continued at the other end. Captain Pillalamarri went on to complete his maiden 5-fer for the Cavaliers, ending with figures of 12-0-62-5, as the returning Z Ahmed (11-2-36-1) also claimed a wicket via a very well judged catch by Hussain on the midwicket boundary. With Young and Pillalamarri combining to effect a run out on the last ball of the innings, Witham ended their 45 overs on 230/7.

The Cavs reply didn't get off to the best of starts, with P Trevedi (0) departing in the second over but a second wicket partnership of 59 between D Dellar and S Pillalamarri got the Cavaliers up to 65/1 before Dellar (34) and Pillalamarri (24) were dismissed just before the first drinks break of the innings. Regular wickets then pegged the Cavaliers back as S Annaldas (0), Z Ahmed (13) and M Rasheed (6) were all dismissed. A partnership of 22 between N Hussain and P Johnson then saw the Cavs pass 100 before the run out of Hussain (22) saw the Cavs slip to 119/7 after 26.4 overs. With the Cavs under pressure, P Johnson and K Hemstedt the unfurled some attacking strokes in an eighth wicket partnership of 73 before Hemstedt (36) was dismissed. Johnson and M Wall (8) then saw the Cavs past 200 to guarantee full batting points, but the last wicket pair of Johnson and Young (3*) were unable to see the Cavs home as Johnson (30) was dismissed with the Cavs finishing on 212 all out, losing by 18 runs with 9 balls remaining.

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