Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

18 September 2016

Season Ends in Defeat

The Sunday XI travelled to Kelvedon today for the last game of the 2016 season for the Cavaliers.

Having lost the toss, the Cavs were asked to field first. Opening bowlers R Rasheed (9-2-33-0) and N Davidson bowled well, but without much luck - Davidson taking a caught and bowled chance as Kelvedon reached 90/1 off of 19.3 overs. With catches being dropped, inside edges just missing the stumps, and the ball just beating the bat repeatedly, it was left to J Samwell (5-0-27-1) to claim the second wicket via a stumping by D Young. More missed chances came off the bowling of T Mayhew (8-0-53-0) and D Smith, but the captain bowled a fine spell to end with figures of 9-0-31-4 while the returning N Davidson (9-0-50-3) claimed two late wickets - One of which was an excellent one-handed catch by M Vinter, who bravely continued to field despite a suspected broken thumb on his left hand. A good bowling performance from the Cavaliers saw Kelvedon end their 40 overs on 198/8, though the score could've been much lower if chances were taken.

The Cavaliers reply saw 28 runs added in the first 7 overs before D Young (8) was the first dismissed batsman. A second wicket partnership of 36 between R Akhlaq and D Smith continued the good work of the batsmen before Akhlaq was dismissed for 33 (his highest Cavs score). Poised at the promising position of 81/2 at drinks (20 overs), a familiar collapse saw Smith (29), T Hijazi (0), M Nadeem (5) and M Vinter (4) all out as the score slumped to 87/6 after 25.3 overs. From 98/6, two more quick wickets saw the Cavs slip to 99/8 as R Rasheed (10) and N Davidson (1) both departed. A ninth wicket partnership of 17 between H Tuckwell and J Samwell saw the Cavs pick up a batting point, with Samwell (9) unfurling a couple of great shots in his innings. An unbeaten tenth wicket partnership of 29* between Tuckwell (6* from 48 balls) and T Mayhew (4* from 27 balls) meant the Cavaliers ended on 145/9 after 40 overs, losing by 53 runs.

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