Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

30 May 2015

Cavs Survive Collapse

The Saturday XI played Eight Ash Green today at Mill Road, looking to return to winning ways.

Despite losing the toss, skipper S Pillalamarri was pleased to be bowling first on a good looking track. A wayward second over saw EAG take 13 runs from it, but a sequence of maidens built enough pressure to let A Sarwar (8-3-30-1) break the opening stand with a fine in-swinger before Z Ahmed (7-3-17-1, recovering from being 0-12 after his first over) had the other opener caught behind by D Young. Economical bowling kept the pressure on, and N Davidson (8-2-23-1) took advantage to take the third wicket of the innings - One reminiscent of Mark Wood's wicket for England yesterday (swung away, past the edge to take the top of off stump). The Green then recovered through a fourth wicket stand of 47, with F Murtaza (3-0-17-0) unlucky to not claim a wicket. It was eventually left to the spinners to take wickets while maintaining pressure, with S Pillalamarri (7-1-29-1) taking the crucial wicket of EAG's captain L Keeble (39) while N Hussain (12-3-35-4) claiming four lower order wickets (one bowled, three stumped). The innings ended with EAG scoring 155/8 from their 45 overs, with O Stovell unbeaten on 59*.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a poor start as Pillalamarri (0) was caught in the first over, but F Murtaza and N Jalib then added 125 for the second wicket in just over 20 overs - The highest partnership of 2015 for the Cavaliers. The wicket of Jalib (59) then led to the kind of collapse the Cavs have experienced before, with Murtaza (54), Z Ahmed (1), M Nadeem (0) and K Hemstedt (1) saw the Cavaliers slip from 125/1 to 128/6. A seventh wicket partnership of 23 between P Johnson (9) and N Hussain (6*) then helped the score pass 150 before A Sarwar (5*) hit the winning boundary to ensure a three wicket victory as the Cavaliers finished on 156/7 in 35.3 overs, with J Wair (7.3-1-15-4) the most successful bowler for EAG.

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