Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

23 July 2016

Cavs Do the Double on Boxted

The Saturday XI hosted Boxted at Mill Road today.

Having won the toss the Cavaliers batted first with D Dellar (8) adding 35 with J Walton for the first wicket. A second wicket partnership of 62 put the Cavaliers in a strong position by the time F Murtaza (36) was dismissed. J Walton brought up his second Cavaliers fifty (from 48 balls) before being dismissed for 50 from 51 balls as the Cavs reached 118/3 in 19 overs. The wickets of R Ikhlaq (16) and D Young (5) soon followed to leave the Cavs 133/5 at the halfway point, but an outstanding sixth wicket partnership of 90 between P Johnson and T Hijazi (who scored his maiden Cavaliers fifty from 45 balls) helped the Cavs reach a healthy 223/5 before the dismissals of Hijazi (52), Johnson (27) and R Rasheed (0) saw the score slip to 231/8, with P Singh (15*) and U Ghani (6*) seeing the Cavaliers up to their final total of 254/8 from their 45 overs.

The Cavs defence of their total started well, with Rasheed bowling an excellent opening spell of 3-1-4-3, bowling with good pace and swing (and two fantastic swinging yorkers to bowl two batsmen), while K Hemstedt (3-3-0-2) bowled an excellent spell at the other end, giving away no runs. With U Ghani (3-2-2-1) bowling a wicket maiden with his first over, Boxted were reduced to 5/6 and captain D Dellar began to shuffle his pack of bowlers, allowing P Singh (3-1-4-1) to bowl as Boxted limped to 14/7 before an eighth wicket partnership of 25 helped Boxted recover to 39/7 as spells from R Ikhlaq (2-2-0-0), P Johnson (2-0-15-0) and J Walton (2-0-12-0) were negotiated. Spells from F Murtaza (2-1-1-1) and T Hijazi (2-1-3-1) then reduced Boxted to 42/9 before Rasheed (4.4-1-5-4) returned to end the Boxted innings with midweek Cavalier T Crayston (17*) the undefeated batsman as Boxted were all out for 45 - A 209 run win for the Cavaliers.

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