Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

2 May 2015

A Low-Scoring Affair

The Saturday XI headed off to the Marauders Cicket Ground in Earls Colne to play Coggeshall's 3rd XI today in the Two Counties Championship.

With captain S Pillalamarri keen to bat first, he was happy when the Coggeshall skipper chose to field first upon winning the toss. It seems that Coggeshall knew more about the pitch than the Cavs, as some uneven bounce accounted for M Vinter (0) and Pillalamarri (2) to leave the Cavs 4/2 off 5 overs. It was left to N Jalib and Z Ahmed to rebuild, adding 38 for the third wicket before Jalib was bowled for 10. An attacking fourth wicket partnership of 26 got the Cavs to 68/3, but the dismissal of R Anandraj (10) gave Coggeshall an opening, allowing them to take wickets regularly - Z Ahmed (41) followed shortly afterwards, with J Walton (6), JJ Elliston (0), N Hussain (7) and K Jayasinghe (3) all departing with the Cavaliers yet to pass 100. The innings was finally over after 35.3 overs, with A Sarwar (3) and D Young (1*) seeing the Cavs up to their total of 103 all out, with D McCabe (9-2-27-4) the pick of the opposition bowlers.

The Cavaliers struck early in the second innings, with Z Ahmed (6-2-15-1) having an opener caught behind off his second delivery bowled. With A Sarwar (4-1-14-0) struggling to control the swing on offer, N Hussain was introduced to the attack to good effect - He bowled five maidens to begin his spell and, with Ahmed, ensured that Coggeshall made slow progress, moving from 28/1 in 6 overs to 33/1 off 13ovs. Hussain continued to bowl well, dismissing R Gray (42) to break a second wicket partnership of 54 and then taking two wickets in two balls shortly after. The opposition batsmen proceeded to be cautious against Hussain, preferring to make progress against the bowlers at the other end, with S Pillalamarri (8-1-35-0) and K Jayasinghe (5-0-17-0) struggling to maintain the pressure built by Hussain, who by this point had bowled 14 overs, conceding just four runs for his three wickets. Coggeshall brought up their hundred in the 40th over of the chase (with Hussain finishing with figures of 16-10-10-3) before JJ Elliston (0.3-0-5-1) struck. It was too little, too late for the Cavs though, losing by five wickets... Disappointingly, the second top-scorer for Coggeshall was extras, with 30 (22 wides).

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