Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

13 September 2015

Halstead Claim League Title

The Saturday XI played Halstead yesterday in the last Two Counties match of the season.

The Cavaliers batted first by agreement, and got off to a good start through openers N Jalib and D Dellar (10) who added 27 for the first wicket. A second wicket partnership between Jalib and F Murtaza saw the Cavs up to 55/1 before our customary collapse saw the wickets of Murtaza (18), A Corcos (2), Z Ahmed (0), Jalib (29), K Hemstedt (4) and P Johnson (2) as the Cavaliers slipped to 70/7. The lower order then played some pleasing shots, with eighth and ninth wicket partnerships of 26 and 35 helping the score up to 131, with A Sarwar (25), N Davidson (17) and P Kalra (18) all impressing. With Kalra the last man out, with D Young 0*, the Cavaliers were 136 all out after 40.1 overs.

The Cavs got poff to a good start in the second innings too, with A Sarwar (8-2-14-1) and P Kalra (6-3-8-0) both bowling tight spells. Halstead then recovered through a second wicket partnership between M Surridge and F Statham, who saw off spells from N Davidson (6-0-20-0), K Hemstedt (3-0-21-0) and six overs of pace from Z Ahmed. In a bid to make something happen (and to compensate for the lack of a spinner), the captain turned to A Corcos (3-0-32-0) and Z Ahmed changed to bowling leg-spin. Thanks to a leg-side catch from D Young, Ahmed claimed the wicket of Statham (32) - That catch took Young to 50 dismissals for 2015, and also drew him level with the club record of 27 in a single league season. The skipper then continued to rotate his attack, with F Murtaza (2-0-5-1) claiming the wicket of Surridge (65) via a sharp catch by A Corcos, but with only 5 needed to win it was too late. The winning runs were hit off N Jalib (0.4-0-4-0), and Halstead had 140/3 in 37.4 overs, meaning they end the season as Champions, and are promoted to Division 7.

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