Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

6 May 2017

Cavs Defeat Dunmow

The Saturday XI travelled to Dunmow for their second game of the Two Counties season.

After losing the toss, the Cavaliers were invited to bat first. The opening partnership of D Dellar and M Vinter got the team off to a good start, laying a solid foundation of 67 runs in 21 overs before Vinter was bowled for 17. With a good base to build upon, the second wicket partnership was worth 71 as F Murtaza took the attack to the Dunmow bowlers, reaching his fifty in 42 balls, followed by Dellar reaching his fifty in 82 balls. The partnership was broken soon afterwards as Dellar (55) was bowled, but Murtaza and P Singh added a further 29 runs to the total as the Cavaliers reached 167/2 before Singh (3) and Murtaza (74, with 13 boundaries, including four sixes in six balls!) fell in quick succession. With J Walton (1) and A Sarwar (4) falling soon afterwards, the score had slipped to 181/6, but a seventh wicket partnership of 19 between N Hussain and D Young helped the Cavs reach 200. A final flurry of wickets saw Young (9), S Riaz (0) and U Ghani (2) dismissed, before Hussain (15) became the last man to fall - The Cavaliers scoring a respectable 205 all out from 44.1 overs.

The Dunmow reply began with a 62 run opening partnership as the Cavs missed a couple of opportunities to take wickets, with A Sarwar (6-0-19-0) being particularly unlucky after a fine opening spell. Fellow opening bowler P Kalra (8-1-30-1) eventually made the breakthrough, with D Young claiming a top edge, followed by N Hussain's introduction to the attack resulting in the other Dunmow opener being out LBW. In a show of good sportsmanship, a second upheld LBW appeal awarded soon afterwards was retracted, with captain D Dellar calling back the batsman as an inside edge was missed by the umpire. The Cavaliers then claimed two more wickets through U Ghani (an LBW and a slip catch to Dellar) to reduce Dunmow to 131/4 before P Singh (5-0-21-0) and S Riaz (2-0-17-1) continued the good work of the previous Cavs bowlers. With Dunmow closing in on their target, Hussain (8-1-48-2) returned to claim a second wicket but it was getting tight, with the score on 180/6. At this point the returning U Ghani bowled an inspired second spell, taking the final four wickets of the innings on his way to his best figures for the club (9-0-48-6) as Dunmow were all out for 188 in 38 overs - The Cavaliers winning by 17 runs!

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