Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

12 April 2015

Tough Start for the Cavaliers

The Cavaliers started their 2015 season with a trip to Little Bardfield Village in the NECL for the Sunday XI.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first. Stand-in captain Dan Smith decided to open the bowling with T Mayhew (4-0-21-0) who bowled well considering the heavy winds which prevented the use of bails throughout the match. Tony's opening partner J Bardell also bowled admirably, and was unlucky to not be awarded an LBW shout during his opening spell of 6-0-32-0. The LBV openers were then slowed by N Hussain's (9-2-35-0) left armers (using the wind and pitch conditions to full effect) and returning Cavalier A Baig (3-0-15-1), who managed to break the opening partnership of 86 with a well bowled googly to trap the dangerous D Hymas LBW for 47 - Sadly that was Amir's last contribution in the field as he pulled a hamstring in the field in the next over.

The LBV batsmen went on the attack for the second half of the innings, with T Graham (79) and A Kemp (70*) taking LBV to 163 before F Murtaza (4-0-31-1) trapped the Graham LBW. Despite hostile bowling from A Sarwar (5-0-52-0), N Davidson (2-0-24-0), and the returning J Bardell (finishing with 9-0-60-0), the LBV batsmen accelerated to post an imposing 272/2, with their #4, B Baker, reaching his fifty off the last ball of the innings with a six.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a bad start, with Baig out off the third ball of the innings for a duck. N Jalib (4) and D Smith got the Cavaliers to 18/1 before Jalib and S Pillalamarri (2) fell in quick succession to leave the Cavs 22/3 after good bowling from the LBV opening pair of T Graham (5-2-12-1) & M Graham (3-0-7-2). A fluent partnership of 27 for the fourth wicket between Smith and F Murtaza gave the Cavaliers a glimmer of hope, but a good diving catch behind accounted for Fowad (12), followed by ducks for N Hussain (run out after facing 1 ball) and A Sarwar (two quick wickets for B Baker, giving him figures of 6-4-8-2). With the Cavs in trouble at 52/6, LBV eased the pressure and rotated the bowlers, giving Smith and J Bardell a chance to build a partnership of 74 for the seventh wicket - After a flurry of boundaries Smith was eventually bowled for 58 by U13 dynamo C Hymas (4-0-47-1). Sensing a change in fortunes, Bardfield brought back opening bowler M Graham who quickly claimed the wickets of Bardell (34) and D Young (0) on his way to final figures of 6-1-11-4. An entertaining tenth wicket partnership between N Davidson (12*) and Mayhew (2) got the Cavaliers up to 144, losing by 128 runs in difficult conditions.

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