Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

20 September 2015

Cavs End on a High

The Sunday XI played the last Cavaliers match of 2015 against Great Braxted & Tiptree today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first on a damp pitch. The GBT openers started well, seeing off spells from J Bardell and N Davidson, with Bardell (9-0-29-0) being particularly unlucky. With the opening batsmen adding 77 for the first wicket (in 19.5 overs), it took a great catch by D Smith off the bowling of N Hussain to dismiss the dangerous S Hummerstone (40). With Hussain then running out the other opener, A Cookson (39), via a direct hit the Cavaliers began to take regular wickets as D Smith (9-0-36-1) and N Hussain (9-3-23-2) struck. With GBT 134/4 after 35 overs, the Cavs took 5-8 in the last 5 overs as the returning N Davidson (8-0-33-1), P Trivedi (3-1-11-2) and T Mayhew (2-1-9-1) claimed wickets - The fifth wicket coming via a run-out by P Johnson/D Young. GBT finished their 40 overs with 142/9 - With the last two overs of the innings being maidens!

The Cavaliers reply got off to a solid start as openers E Parry and S Pillalamarri added 44 for the first wicket with all the GBT bowlers opting to bowl spin. With Pillalamarri (29) out via a good catch by R Hill, D Smith joined Parry in the middle and scored a quick-fire 20 before being bowled by one of GBT's youngsters. Another wicket followed soon after with P Sadler (10) out via a top edge, but a fourth wicket stand of 35 between Parry and P Trivedi steadied any nerves amongst the Cavaliers. A double-wicket maiden then saw the Cavs slip from 118/3 to 118/5 as Trivedi (21) and J Bardell (0) were both dismissed, but an unbeaten partnership of 26 between Parry (35*) and N Hussain (18*) saw the Cavs win by 5 wickets, scoring 144/5 in 33.1 overs.

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