Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

19 June 2016

Ten Man Cavs Fall Short

The Sunday XI travelled to Abberton today with ten players.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first. A long day seemed in prospect for the Cavs as opening bowlers R Rasheed (5-1-21-0) and N Davidson (4-0-37-0) were unable to make a breakthrough. With Abberton on an imposing 71/0 after just 10 overs, a total of 250-300 was looking possible, but the introduction of D Smith and M Nadeem helped to slow the run rate, with Nadeem (7-1-20-1) taking the first wicket of the day with his second delivery. D Smith then claimed the second wicket of the day during a first spell of 1-26 from six overs - D Young taking the catch from a top-edged sweep. It was then the turn of T Mayhew to take two quick wickets (with fine catches from Davidson and Smith), including that of the dangerous Schofield (69), during a superb spell of 9-1-35-2. With J Patel (3-0-18-0) unlucky to not claim a wicket at the other end, Smith introduced C Finch (5-0-42-3) to the attack who took wickets on the sixth ball of three of his overs. It was then left to Smith to bowl the final over, claiming two wickets as he finished with figures of 7-0-28-3; his second wicket was also his 100th for the Cavaliers, earning him a new 'bronze' cap. Abberton finished their 40 overs on 209/9, with the Cavaliers doing well to slow the Abberton batsmen down.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a rapid start as M Nadeem went after the Abberton bowling (including a massive six over the protective netting!) while D Smith played the supporting role in 5.2 overs opening stand of 37. Three quick wickets saw the Cavs slip to 39/3 as Smith (7), Nadeem (28) and R Rasheed (0) departed. The Cavaliers #3, N Jalib, was then joined by D Young in a fourth wicket partnership of 25, with Jalib scoring seven from one ball courtesy of four overthrows after the pair had completed three runs! The wickets of Young (3) and N Jalib (32) saw the Cavaliers struggling on 78/5, and the end of the innings was nigh as the Cavs lost their last four wickets for just eight runs, with J Patel (9), N Davidson (2), K Jalib (5) and T Mayhew (1) all dismissed in quick succession - C Finch (0*) the not out batsmen - as the Cavaliers were all out for 94 to lose by 115 runs.

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