Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

24 June 2017

Club Record Chase Seals Victory

The Saturday XI travelled to Copford today, and fielded first upon winning the toss.

The Cavaliers opening bowlers started well, with R Rasheed (opening spell of 8-1-21-0) and N Davidson (5-0-32-0) unlucky to not pick up wickets, as catchable chances went into gaps, just over fielders, or inside edges just evaded the stumps.With U Ghani and S Riaz (3-0-15-0) also unable to make a breakthrough, the Copford openers added 92 runs for the first wicket before T Janganan held on to a juggling catch off of the bowling of Ghani (15-1-74-1). Copford then added a further 93 for the second wicket as Ghani & D Smith (7-0-58-0) were unable to make further inroads, with Copford opener S Samaranayake scoring 101 before the returning R Rasheed (13-1-59-1) bowled him out. Some fine death bowling from Rasheed and P Kannan (2-0-22-0) then meant Copford idn't get too many from the final few overs, though a third wicket partnership of 82* saw Copford up to a final impoing total of 267/2 from their 45 overs, with P Geddis 91* at the end.

The Cavaliers reply then saw T Janganan (8) caught out early (in the fifth over) with the score on 13. With D Dellar (13) out four overs later, the Cavs were in need of a good partnership to steady the chase. That came via a 67 run partnership for the second wicket, with F Murtaza reaching a 29-ball fifty while D Smith played himself in. With Murtaza (58 from 38 balls) out, the scoreboard showed 108/3 as P Kannan joined D Smith in the middle. Both batsmen then played an impressive innings, taking the singles on offer and putting the bad balls away for boundaries, as they added an exceptional 144 runs for the fouth wicket (just 4 runs off of equalling the club record for the fourth wicket, set back in 1996!), with Smith reaching his fifty in 63 balls, and Kannan reaching his maiden Cavaliers fifty in 64 balls. By the end of their 25.5 over partnership, the pair had seen the Cavs up to 252/4, with Smith (83 from 96 balls) caught at long-off attempting a big hit to reduce the required rate. With 16 required from 10 balls, R Rasheed entered the fray, hitting his second ball for a straight six that put a hole in the home side's sightscreen! With the equation down to 7 needed from the last over, Kannan hit the first ball for a single, Rasheed hit a four (top-edged over the 'keeper), but a wicket came from the third ball - Rasheed out for a 4-ball 11. The new batsman, N Davidson (1*) ran a chaotic single off his only ball faced, leaving Kannan (79*) to hit a lofted four to take the Cavaliers to 271/5 from 44.5 overs to record a club record run chase*!

*Run chase records date back to 2005, but Roy Paris wasn't aware of a higher chase before that...

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