Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

2 June 2018

Bowled Out By Bardwell

The Saturday XI travelled to Bardwell today. With captain D Dellar maintaining his losing streak at the toss, the Cavaliers were invited to bat first.

Against some accurate and sharp swing bowling, openers Dellar and M Vinter did well to add 26 runs together before Vinter (7) was caught behind in the 11th over. With Bardwell's first-change bowler claiming three wickets in his first three overs, the Cavs were then reduced to 41/4 as F Murtaza (2), Dellar (28) and J Walton (1) were all dismissed. A fifth wicket partnership of 29 between D Smith and K Chowdhury then saw the Cavaliers reach 70, but Chowdhury (16) was then caught at mid-off. With JJ Elliston (0) out at the end of the 28th over, the Cavaliers were 79/6 and up against it... So a "Cavaliers Collapse" was not the best thing to happen; once Smith (15) was out, he was quickly followed by V Gedi (0), D Young (1) and S Riaz (1). With P Johnson (1*) undefeated, the Cavaliers were all out for 85 in just 34 overs.

With the tea not ready, the teams immediately turned around for the second innings, with S Riaz (4-1-13-0) and V Gedi (4-0-17-0) unable to break the opening partnership before the tea break. In the first over after tea, K Chowdhury broke the opening partnership by bowling the Bardwell wicketkeeper around his legs, while F Murtaza bowled well at the other end. Chowdhury (5-0-19-2) then made a second breakthrough with the last ball of his spell as J Walton caught a top edge at midwicket. Next to take a wicket was D Smith (2-0-10-1) as S Riaz took a good running catch at mid-on, and in the next over F Murtaza (7-1-22-1) took a well-deserved wicket as D Young took a diving one-handed catch down the leg side to reduce Bardwell to 72/4 after 20 overs. With the game nearing a conclusion (the score was 84/4 when he came on), JJ Elliston was encouraged to bowl a six-wicket maiden to force the win. With F Murtaza catching the Bardwell captain at point off the first ball of the over there was a possibility, but Bardwell scored their required 2 runs as they finished on 86/5 from 23 overs, Elliston finishing with figures of 1-0-2-1.

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