Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

3 September 2017

Low Scorer at West Bergholt

The Sunday XI travelled to West Bergholt today for the penultimate fixture for 2017.

Upon winning the toss Cavs captain N Jalib opted to bat, sending K Chowdhury & D Young in to open the innings. Chowdhury (4) started well, crisply hitting the second ball of the match for a boundary thorugh mid off before being bowled off the next ball. New batsman R Akhlaq then added 33 for the second wicket with Young (2) before the Cavaliers wicketkeeper was bowled by a ball keeping low. From 37/2, the Cavs started to lose wickets regularly, with Akhlaq (23) and T Hijazi (0) out before the score passed 50. With N Jalib (15) falling soon afterwards, the score was 55/5 after 17 overs before the wickets of S Riaz (0) and N Davidson (12) saw the score slip to 67/7. The wicket of U Ghani (6) followed shortly (73/8), but some kind bowling changes from Bergholt (and a leg-stump line) allowed the Cavaliers to produce a ninth wicket stand of 34 between K Jalib and J Samwell before Samwell was caught for a career-best 25. K Jalib then did his best to shield youngster H Tuckwell (0*) from the strike, but the wicket of K Jalib (7) saw the Cavaliers innings close on 110 all out from 34.4 overs.

For the second day in a row, N Davidson struck early in the Cavaliers defence of a total, taking a wicket in his first over before sriking again in his second over, removing the dangerous pair of M Rogers (4) and D Wheeler (5) on is way to figures of 9-0-48-2. With fellow opening bowler U Ghani struggling after an opening spell of 3-0-32-0, the captain turned to newly-capped S Riaz, who delivered two wickets early in his spell (including that of Ghani's tormentor, C Southernwood for 39). With Riaz (9-2-19-2) bowling a fine spell at one end, Ghani switched ends to bowl the remainder of his spell, recovering from 0-32 from 3 overs to return superb figures of 9-2-38-4 (taking 4-6 from his last 6 overs!!), including a controversial catch at long-on by Hijazi (which we won't go into here...). With the mainline bowlers finished, N Jalib turned to K Chowdhury (2-1-5-0, bowling seam rather than spin!) and T Hijazi (0.2-0-4-0), but West Bergholt reached their target, scoring 114/8 from 29.2 overs, with T Wilkinson (40*) guiding the home side to victory.

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