Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

3 July 2016

Mixed Fielding Followed By a Collapse

The Sunday XI hosted Kelvedon & Feering today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first. Opening bowlers R Rasheed and N Davidson endured an unlucky start to the day, with dropped catches and a wicket off a no ball proving frustrating. Eventually both bowlers made breakthroughs, with Davidson bowling one opener and Rasheed (9-2-20-1) having the Kelvedon #3 caught by a diving D Young. Kelvedon then rebuilt through a third wicket stand of 32 before veteran bowler T Mayhew (9-0-32-2) struck twice in two overs (and was unlucky to not claim a third due to another drop) - The second of his wickets courtesy of a fine running catch by M Nadeem. It was then the turn of U Ghani (8-0-39-1) to claim a wicket, thanks to a good catch by N Davidson despite the close attention of Rasheed providing a collision in the field. Ghani bowled much better than his figures suggest, with good turn and bounce bamboozling more than one batsmen. The introduction of M Nadeem (4-0-27-3) to the attack saw the Cavs claim regular wickets while J Patel (1-0-8-0) replaced Mayhew. It was then left to the returning Davidson (8.5-1-35-3) to finish the innings, taking two wickets in the last over, as Kelvedon made 170 all out in 39.5 overs. Despite some stunning catches, misfields and drops probably meant that Kelvedon got 40-50 runs more than the Cavs would've liked...

The Cavaliers reply got off to an awful start as M Vinter (0) was run out in the first over. An excellent second wicket partnership of 68 between D Smith and N Jalib saw the Cavs up to 71/1, but the dismissal of Smith for 42 triggered the type of collapse that only the Cavaliers seem capable of, as M Nadeem (0) and D Young (0) both departed quickly to leave the Cavs 74/5. N Jalib and R Rasheed then saw the score reach 82/4, but the wickets of Rasheed (4), N Jalib (16), K Jalib (0) and N Davidson (1) saw the Cavs slump to 84/8. The ninth wicket partnership of 14 was the second-highest of the innings for the Cavaliers, but the wickets of U Ghani (9) and J Patel (7) meant the Cavaliers were all out for 104, losing by 66 runs, with T Mayhew (0*) adding to his 'not out collection'.

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