Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

18 June 2016

Saturday XI Continues Winning Streak

The Saturday XI hosted West Bergholt today.

With captain D Dellar winning his first toss of the season, the Cavaliers opted to field first in damp and overcast conditions. Making good use of the new ball, opening bowler R Rasheed started with an excellent first spell of 2-18 from nine overs while fellow opening bowler P Singh (7-2-16-1) bowled well at the other end with his off-breaks. With M Vinter and D Young combining to effect a run out, West Bergholt were then reduced to 21/4 after 12 overs. Bergholt then re-built via a fifth wicket partnership between Sadler and ex-Cav A Wisbey before U Ghani had Sadler (28) out caught. With Ghani claiming two more wickets, West Bergholt then added 31 for the eighth wicket through D Wheeler and L Wisbey, with N Hussain (11-0-47-0) unlucky to not dismiss Wheeler first ball! Ghani's excellent bowling saw him finish with figures of 11-5-12-4 as he added the wicket of L Wisbey to his collection, while R Rasheed (11-4-27-3) returned to dismiss Wheeler (31) with a superb delivery. Some tight bowling at the end of the innings kept the pressure on the Bergholt tail-enders, resulting in a run out on the last ball via Dellar and Singh to see the Cavs claim maximum bowling points as West Bergholt were all out for 110 in their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply saw an opening partnership of 31 before M Vinter (14) edged behind to A Wisbey. A rapid partnership of 19 (in just 9 minutes) for the third wicket saw the Cavs reach 50, with R Rasheed (12 from 6 balls, including a big six off Wheeler) adding some impetus to the innings. Two quick wickets then accounted for opener D Dellar (30) and P Singh (2) as the Cavaliers slipped to 70/4, but an excellent partnership of 35 between F Murtaza and K Hemstedt saw the Cavs get within six runs of victory before Hemstedt (13) and P Johnson (0) were dismissed with successive balls from Wheeler (9.2-3-20-4). As Murtaza (33*) got the scores level, it was left to J Patel (1*) to hit the winning run as the Cavaliers won by 4 wickets, finishing on 111/6 from 32.2 overs.

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