Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

12 June 2016

Cavs 'Cop It' At Copdock

The Sunday XI travelled to Copdock today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to bat first in overcast conditions. Openers D Smith and F Murtaza coped well with the bouncy conditions, facing more than a few short balls before rain forced the players from the field after 4.4 overs with the score on 17/0. Facing more bouncers, the Cavs made it to 26/1 when the rain returned after 7.1 overs, with Murtaza (9) the man out. With play being halted for an early tea, the Cavs returned to add a further 32 runs for the second wicket before the dismissal of M Nadeem (10) prompted a flurry of wickets as D Smith (25), R Rasheed (4) and E Parry (1 - triggered!) departed in a period of seven overs to leave the Cavs 72/5. P Johnson and D Young then consolidated in the face of some tight bowling for Copdock, adding 8 in nine overs together before Young hit two boundaries in one over to get the scoreboard moving again. Johnson (8) and Young (14) were then dismissed in successive overs as the Cavs chased quick runs. J Patel and N Davidson then saw the Cavaliers pass 100 before Davidson (7) was out. It was then left to Patel and C Finch to see the Cavs up to their final total of 111/9 - Patel hitting a fine straight drive on his way to 10*, and Finch (2) caught behind off the final ball, denying T Mayhew the chance to add to his tally of undefeated innings.

After a quick turnaround, the Cavaliers made a couple of early breakthroughs as N Davidson (6-0-26-2) found some good pace and bounce to leave Copdock 31/2 - D Young claiming two catches behind the stumps. Fellow opening bowler R Rasheed (9-1-37-0) was unlucky to not claim a wicket himself as he bowled a fine spell from the other end, showcasing his ability to swing the ball sharply. The Copdock batsmen then added 51 for the third wicket before M Nadeem (5-0-24-1) claimed the wicket of the dangerous D Searle (37) before D Smith (2-0-14-1) struck to leave the opposition 83/4 after 19 overs. There were short spells from C Finch (1-0-8-0) and J Patel (0.2-0-4-0) towards the end, but any hopes of a collapse were extinguished by D Skinner (36*) and S Webb-Snowling (20*) who saw Copdock to a winning total of 114/4 in 23.2 overs.

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