Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

23 August 2015

Rain Doesn't Stop Ardleigh

The Sunday XI travelled to Ardleigh today, and elected to bat first upon winning the toss.
The Cavaliers innings didn't get off to the best start, as openers D Smith (4) and S Pillalamarri (1) dismissed early on. With N Jalib (5) and P Johnson (0) following soon after, the Cavs were 10/4 after just 4 overs. A fifth wicket partnership of 39 between P Sadler and J Walton then helped the Cavs recover before the wicket of Walton (18) brought E Parry to the crease, who proceeded to add 79 for the sixth wicket with Sadler. The return of Sadler was a welcome sight for the Cavaliers as he reached a 58 ball fifty before eventually being dismissed for a very good 70, despite the distraction of two rain delays and an early tea. With the Cavs 128/6 with 5 overs left P Trivedi (1), N Davidson (3) and D Young (4) were all out in the pursuit of quick runs. A reverse sweep from last man T Mayhew (1*) then got Parry (32*) on strike as the Cavaliers ended their innings on 149/9.
Ardleigh got off to a good start in the second innings as the openers saw off the opening spells of N Davidson and J Walton (9-1-31-0) on their way to a first wicket partnership of 86 before T Mayhew (6-0-29-1) bowled T Harvey (51). With Mayhew and D Smith (9-2-21-0) bowling well in tandem without further reward, Ardleigh edged towards their target, with K Lamont (67*) leading the way. A couple of late wickets from S Pillalamarri (5-0-31-1) and the returning Davidson (9-0-29-1) gave the Cavaliers hope, but Ardleigh reached their target, scoring 151/3, to win by 7 wickets with two overs remaining.

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