Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

12 July 2015

Purleigh Take Revenge

The Sunday XI played Purleigh at Mill Road today.

Upon winning the toss, the Cavaliers elected to field. Despite some good bowling from opening bowlers J Rawlings and N Davidson, the Purleigh opening batsmen put on 70 for the first wicket as chances created consistently found the gaps between fielders. In a bid to get the breakthrough the Cavs turned to their spinners, with N Hussain claiming the wicket of Permanand (29) caught behind by D Young. It was then the turn of D Smith to take wickets, dismissing the dangerous Cann (49, including 11 fours!) and M Rynn with successive balls - Rynn was also caught behind by Young, his 100th dismissal for the Cavaliers. Smith and Hussain continued to bowl well, with Smith taking two more quick wickets before Hussain (9-3-38-2) claimed his second. Smith then completed his 5-fer via a moment of brilliance by T Mayhew, diving to his right to take a one-handed catch at slip, as Smith ended his spell with figures of 9-4-13-5. With J Walton (3-0-18-1) taking a well-judged caught and bowled chance, it was then left to the returning opening bowlers, Rawlings (7-1-34-1) and Davidson (4.5-0-32-1) to take the final two wickets, with Rawlings' wicket coming via another good catch by Mayhew at slip, diving forward to snaffle a chance which had deflected off of the 'keepers gloves. Purleigh ended on 140 all out from 32.5 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a steady start, with the openers adding 20 runs in 10.5 overs before M Vinter (9) was dismissed. The Cavs then lost E Parry (2), D Smith (9) and K Jayasinghe to slump to 35/4, but an aggressive fifth wicket partnership of 38 between J Walton (19) and J Rawlings (19) helped the Cavaliers up to 73 before they were dismissed with successive balls. A seventh wicket partnership of 29 between J Corcos (7) and N Hussain then saw the Cavs pass 100, meaning 39 runs were required from 7.1 overs. With Hussain (29) combining with Davidson in an eighth wicket partnership of 25, the Cavs reached 127 upon Hussain's dismissal. With D Young (4) dismissed quickly, it was left to the last pairing of Davidson and Mayhew to get the 10 runs required from 2.2 overs. With 5 needed from the last over the Cavs had a chance, but could sadly only manage a single off the last ball to end on 137/9 from their 40 overs, losing by 3 runs. Davidson ended on 18*, with Mayhew adding to his collection of unbeaten innings with 0*.

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