Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

10 July 2016

Records Tumble in Big Cavs Win

The Saturday XI hosted Witham today at Mill Road.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers elected to bat first on a good looking wicket. Opening batsmen D Dellar and J Walton started watchfully, but set a good platform for the innings by adding 47 for the first wicket before Walton was caught behind for 24. His dismissal brought F Murtaza to the crease, and he joined Dellar in a 31.2 over record-breaking second wicket partnership! The pair added a mind-boggling 267 runs together (beating the previous record of 229* between S Gilhooly and R Smith), with Murtaza bringing his maiden Cavaliers century up in just 68 balls, and Dellar registering his second century in for the Cavs in 101 balls. Both players were also in the middle as the score passed the previous club record of 293/7, with the stand eventually broken with the score on 314 when Murtaza (141 from 96 balls, 23 x 4, 1 x 6) was caught seeking quick runs. The wickets of JJ Elliston (4) and Dellar (124 from 125 balls, 21 x 4) soon followed, but the pairing of K Hemstedt (14* from 7 balls) and P Johnson (2*) saw the Cavaliers up to their highly impressive final score of 342/4 from their 45 overs - Smashing the previous club record by 49 runs!

The Cavs started the defence of their huge total with R Rasheed (7-1-22-0) and N Davidson bowling economically, with Davidson claiming wickets in each of his last three overs (including a double-wicket maiden) on his way to impressive figures of 7-3-18-4 as he dismissed all of the Witham top four! First change bowler J Samwell (5-0-22-0) was unlucky to not claim his maiden Cavaliers wicket, but fellow spinner U Ghani bowled a fine spell of off-spin, claiming a hat-trick (and a much-coveted Cavaliers cap) on his way to figures of 4-0-14-4. With the end of the match approaching, captain Dellar turned to K Hemstedt (3-0-21-1) and JJ Elliston (3.2-0-5-1) to finish off the innings as Witham were all out for 110 in 29.2 overs - The Cavaliers winning by a record-breaking margin of 232 runs (beating the previous record of 216 runs against Tendring in 2008).

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