Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

1 July 2017

Bookers Rally Against Cavs

The Saturday XI welcomed Abberton to Mill Road today in the Two Counties Championship.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first, With opening bowlers A Sarwar (opening spell of 6-4-7-2) and R Rasheed (opening spell of 10-0-43-3) combining well to reduce the visitors to 56/7, with U Ghani claiming the other wicket to fall. Ghani (12-7-14-2) then joined forces with S Riaz (5-0-16-1) in reducing Abberton to 64/8 after 23.4 overs, with a seemingly low score (and early finish) in prospect. It was then that Abberton's Booker brothers, Mike (41*) and David (34*) batting at 9 and 10, came together in an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 95, seeing off spells from P Kannan (2-0-10-0) and the returning openers, A Sarwar (11-4-38-2) and R Rasheed (15-0-61-3) as Abberton closed their innings 159/8 from their 45 overs.

The Cavaliers reply then saw early wickes fall, with M Vinter (a first-ball 0), D Dellar (2), T Janganan (0) and K Chowdhury (10) all dimissed cheaply with the score 16/4. A fifth wicket partnership of 32 between P Kannan and P Johnson helped to recover things, but Johnson (16) was out in controversial circumstances as the score slipped to 32/5, as D Booker ended his spell with impressive figures of 9-4-18-4. With the sixth wicket adding 31, the Cavs reached 63/5 before Kannan (32) and JJ Elliston (14) were out in quick succession (65/7). A counter-attacking R Rasheed (23) then took control during an eighth wicket partnership of 32 before he holed out to long-on attempting to hit a second six off of the bowling of C Oldrey (9.4-3-46-3). With the score 97/8, the Cavaliers limped past 100 shortly after S Riaz (6) was dismissed. A Sawar (11*) then decided to hit out, but the wicket of U Ghani (5) ended the Cavaliers innings on 113 after 33.4 overs, losing by 46 runs.

A full scorecard can be found here:

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