Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

7 May 2017

First Loss of 2017 for the Cavs

The Sunday XI welcomed West Bergholt to Mill Road today in the first Cavaliers home fixture of the season.

Winning the toss, captain C Finch elected to bat first, but the early wickets of N Jalib (5) and E Parry (0) left the Cavaliers 6/2 after 7.1 overs. A small recovery saw the score improve to 28/2, but D Young (2) became the third wicket to fall, bringing N Davidson to the crease to join debutant T Janganan in the middle. With both batsmen taking the attack to the West Bergholt change bowlers the Cavs found themselves 59/3 after 16 overs, but both Janganan (28 from 28 balls) and Davidson (22 from 21 balls) fell to reduce the Cavaliers to 64/5. P Johnson then helped to keep the Cavs on track, combining in partnerships with K Jayasinghe (7) and J Samwell to bring up the 100 for the home side, but the wicket of Johnson for a hard-fought 10 from 50 balls triggered a collapse as Samwell (16), C Finch (0) and N Hussain (13) were all dismissed - The Cavaliers losing their last four wickets for just 14 runs as the innings closed on 117 after 38.3 overs, with T Mayhew (1*) adding another 'not out' to his collection.

The West Bergholt reply got off to a solid start as their openers added 25 runs in 6.2 overs with both opening bowlers, N Davidson and N Hussain (an opening spell of 7-4-9-0), keeping things tight before Davidson took three wickets in eight balls (including two in two!) on his way to figures of 9-1-32-3. It then fell to J Samwell (5-2-12-1) to continue the good work of the openers, and he began with a maiden and a wicket maiden, while T Mayhew (6-0-28-1) bowled with control at the other end. With Bergholt approaching their target, C Finch (1-0-13-0) brought himself on before turning back to his opening bowlers, but neither Davidson or Hussain (9-4-21-0) could prevent the loss - West Bergholt finishing on 120/5 after 30 overs, winning by 5 wickets.

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