Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

13 May 2017

Cavs Run Maldon Close

The Saturday XI travelled to Promenade Park to play Maldon today in the Two Counties Championship today.

The toss was won by Maldon who elected to field first, and the Cavs got off to a steady start as the opening pairing of D Dellar and M Vinter added 27 in 9 overs before Dellar (14) was caught at mid on. With scoring difficult, the scoreboard stalled on 27/1 for 20 balls, but the Cavs started scoring a bit more freely through Vinter (15) and F Murtaza (10), though both were dismissed in quick succession as the score slipped to 42/3. An attacking fourth wicket partnership between D Smith and R Anandraj saw the Cavaliers score at seven an over, but Anandraj (11) was caught out with the score on 79/4. A solid P Johnson then supported Smith in a 12 over partnership for the fifth wicket worth 39, but the quick wickets of Johnson (4), Smith (44 from 58 balls) and JJ Elliston (1) left the Cavaliers on 128/7 after 39.2 overs. The last 5.4 overs then yielded 32 runs for the eighth wicket as D Young (18* from 21 balls) and P Kalra (12* from 18 balls) got the Cavaliers up to 160/7 at the end of their 45 overs.

The Maldon innings began with a 32 run opening partnership, with a few catches not going to hand or being dropped, but opening bowler P Kalra finally got the breakthrough (caught Murtaza) the Cavs sought, while fellow opening bowler S Riaz (6-1-21-0) toiled at the other end. A second wicket partnership of 49 then saw the home side reach 81/1, with more catchable chances missed, but Smith (9-1-39-1) saw the Maldon #3 caught by D Dellar. Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals, with U Ghani bowling a good spell of 15-2-46-3 as the score reached 134/5 with 6 overs remaining. With wickets needed and the home side getting close Dellar turned back to Kalra, who bowled a controlled second spell on his way to figures of 13-3-32-4, with F Murtaza (1.4-0-14-0) bowling at the other end - But it was not to be, as Maldon reached their target after 44.4 overs, winning by two wickets.


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