Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

20 May 2018

Cavs Fall Short at Copford

The Saturday XI travelled to Copford, winning the toss and electing to bowl first.

The opening bowlers, N Davidson (5-1-18-0) and S Riaz, kept things tight as Copford reached 29/0 in the first 9 overs. D Dellar then turned to his spinners, but the Copford opening pair added 82 together before U Ghani (15-1-72-2) made two breakthroughs; the second one making the score 107/2. A third wicket partnership of 43 then saw Copford reach 150/2, but N Hussain (15-2-46-3) took three quick wickets (including two from the last two balls of his spell) as Copford slipped to 153/5. The last 7 overs then saw Copford add 60 runs off the bowling of the returning Riaz (7-0-26-0) and V Gedi (3-0-28-0) as they reached 214/5 from their 45 overs.

The Cavaliers reply started with an opening partnership of 51 between D Dellar and E Parry before Parry was bowled for 15. With F Murtaza (2) out soon afterwards, Dellar and P Kannan saw the Cavs up to 94/2, with Dellar (45) the next man out. With R Rasheed (4) out soon afterwards, the Cavaliers were 99/4. A fourth wicket partnership of 31 between Kannan and K Chowdhury got the Cavs up to 130/4, but a collapse saw Kannan (20), V Gedi (1) and N Hussain (0) all out as the score slipped to 131/7. The chances of a Cavaliers win looked slim, but Chowdhury and N Davidson added 53 runs for the eighth wicket to give the team a chance of victory before Chowdhury (47) was bowled with the score on 184. Despite the best efforts of Davidson (27*), the wickets of U Ghani (0) and S Riaz (0) meant the Cavaliers were 199 all out from 45 overs, losing by 15 runs.

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