Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

10 June 2017

Cavs Recover to Clinch Victory

The Cavaliers hosted Copdock & OI III at Mill Road today in the Two Counties Championship.

After winning the toss, stand-in skipper D Smith elected to bat first in sunny conditions. With JJ Elliston (5) and D Smith (8) departing early, the Cavaliers made steady progress, passing 50 before F Murtata (33) was caught behind with the score on 59/3. A collapse of Cavaliers proportions then saw the P Johnson (4), J Parks (5), A Sarwar (1) and P Kalra (6) all dismissed as the score slipped to 80/7, with some doubts about whether a competitive total would be posted by the home team. A 30 run partnership between D Young and R Rasheed helped to steady the nerves as the Cavs passed 100, but with Young bowled for 18, Rasheed took the attack to the Copdock bowlers, raising the total to 147/8 before Rasheed (49 from 51 balls) was bowled out agonisingly close to a maiden fifty. Some lusty blows from S Riaz (17*) helped the cavaliers up to their final total of 159 all out from 40.2 overs, with U Ghani (1) the last man out.

The Copdock openers got off to a good start, scoring 18 from the first 3 overs, but an excellent comeback from the cavaliers opening pair of R Rasheed (8-1-33-3) and P Kalra (8-4-18-1) saw the opposition add just 10 runs in the next 8 overs. A fifth wicket partnership of 60 saw Copdock recover to 88/4, with U Ghani and A Sarwar (3-0-15-0) unable to make the breakthough initially, though Ghani eventually bowled the Copdock #6 during his first spell of 7-1-28-1.With S Riaz (4-0-17-1) claiming a wicket of his own, Copdock were 90/6, but a seventh wicket partnership of 24 saw the visitors reach 114/6 before D Smith (2-0-2-1) and U Ghani (8.2-1-29-3) finished off the innings quickly - U Ghani taking two wickets off the final two balls, including the crucial wicket of ex-Cav D Skinner (47) as Copdock were all out for 114. The Cavaliers fighting back well for a 45 run win.

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