Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

23 April 2017

A Winning Start

The Cavaliers Saturday XI travelled to Chantry Park to play Ipswich & East Suffolk in their first game of the 2017 Two Counties campaign.

Having lost the toss the Cavaliers were invited to field first, opening the bowling with R Rasheed and N Davidson (5-0-21-0). With the IESCC openers adding 41 runs, captain D Dellar turned to S Riaz, who struck with the last ball of his first over for the club, with D Young taking the catch. The bowling partnership of Riaz and P Kalra then proceeded to regularly pick up wickets, as IESCC slumped to 91/8 - Sharp catches behind the wicket by Young, Dellar and N Hussain leading to a fine maiden spell of 7-1-29-3 for Riaz, and a first 5-fer of 2017 for the Cavs by Kalra (9-4-16-5). With wickets falling around him, the IESCC captain M Sproats unleashed an assault on the Cavaliers bowlers, adding 86 runs for the final two wickets (with his partners scoring no runs!!) - U Ghani (2-0-25-0) was particularly unlucky, while the returning R Rasheed (8-3-55-1) took some tap despite taking the ninth wicket to fall. With N Hussain (2.1-0-26-1) taking the final wicket after some treatment from Sproats, IESCC finished on 177 all out from 33.1 overs - M Sproats finishing 116 not out, and the innings including SEVEN ducks!

The Cavaliers reply got off to an excellent start, with D Dellar and N Hussain batting solidly whilst putting away bad balls on their way to an opening partnership of 105 in 28.3 overs - Dellar reaching his fifty in 77 balls before falling for 54. With the wickets of F Murtaza (0), D Young (1) and P Johnson (3) falling to the bowling of M Sproats (2/34) and P Church (2/42), the Cavs had slipped to 114/4 and were in danger of letting their promising position in the game slip away. A counter-attacking innings of 24 from 30 balls from R Rasheed helped add 42 runs for the fifth wicket, with Hussain reaching his fifty in 108 balls as the Cavaliers reached 156/5. With Hussain scoring enough runs to get the score up to 167, U Ghani (12*) hit three boundaries in succession to see the Cavs (179/5) to a five wicket win in 48 overs, with Hussain carrying his bat for an unbeaten 64.

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