Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

23 April 2017

Sunday XI Edge a Thriller

The Sunday XI travelled to Kelvedon & Feering today for their first game of the 2017 NECL campaign.

With roadworks closing the A12, getting all eleven players to Kelvedon on time turned out to be a difficult task, so the captains agreed on a 35 overs per side game with play getting underway at 1:45pm. Skipper N Jalib won the toss and elected to bat - A sensible decision with half of his team spread over North Essex in various traffic jams!! Kelvedon struck early, dismissing E Parry (1), but the second wicket partnership of N Jalib and M Vinter added an impressive 107 runs before Jalib was bowled for 73 (from just 58 balls), his top score for the Cavaliers. What followed was a typical "Cavs Collapse", as Vinter could only watch from the other end as U Ghani, P Kannan and J Patel all fell for ducks - The Cavaliers going from 122/1 to 128/5. A sixth wicket partnership of 24 between Vinter and J Samwell saw Vinter to his half-century, but regular breakthroughs for the home side saw Samwell (6), D Young (0) and H Tuckwell (0) all depart. With Vinter eventually dismissed for an excellent 69 the Cavs were 165/9, but the last pair of C Finch (6*) and T Mayhew (3) added an extra 14 runs together to see the Cavaliers up to a competitive 179 all out from 34.4 overs.

Refuelled by lasagne and a fine selection of cakes, the Cavaliers made an early breakthrough thanks to a fine catch by J Samwell off of the bowling of J Patel (2-0-10-1) before Patel had to leave the field due to a back injury. With debutant P Kannan bowling well from the other end, Jalib turned to U Ghani to keep the runs down before replacing Kannan with T Mayhew, who deceived he Kelvedon opener, Warner, to break a 76 run stand for the second wicket - D Young completing a stumping. With Ghani (8-0-28-0) keeping the run rate down (and being very unlucky to not take a wicket), Mayhew picked up three more wickets, including that of the dangerous E King (63, caught Young) on his way to figures of 8-0-44-4. Jalib turned to J Samwell (2-0-17-0) next, before the returning P Kannan picked up his first two wickets for the Cavaliers, ending with figures of 8-0-40-2 in a promising debut performance. It was getting tight towards the end, with N Jalib (2-0-14-0) and C Finch bowling the final overs, and it all came down to the last over; Kelvedon needing less than ten runs off the last over with three wickets in hand... First ball of the over Finch bowled Kelvedon skipper J Reed (49) with a turning delivery that clipped the top of off stump, the third ball saw him decieve the #9 in the flight to bowl him also, and the fifth ball saw U Ghani and Finch combine to effect a match-winning run out as Finch ended with figures of 4.5-1-15-2 and Kelvedon were all out for 173 - The Cavaliers winning by 6 runs! Phew!

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