Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

27 May 2018

Cavs Edge Out Chatsworth

After the disappointment of a rained off game at Whittington on the first day of tour, the touring Cavaliers travelled to a sunny Chatsworth for their first taste of cricket for the weekend.

The Cavs lost the toss and were asked to bowl first, with N Davidson (7-1-28-0) finding good bounce at one end while fellow opening bowler T Mayhew (7-0-28-1) made an early breakthrough thanks to a superb diving catch from a flying Davidson. First change bowler J Lawson (7-0-31-0), K Chowdhury and captain C Finch (7-0-33-0) bowled well without reward before D Dellar made a return to bowling (medium pace outswing), claiming a sharp caught and bowled chance on his way to figures of 3-1-5-1. With P Johnson (2-0-12-0) also unable to make a breakthrough, Finch returned to Chowdhury (7-0-40-1) who claimed a late wicket before Davidson and Young combined for a run out; Chatsworth ending their 40 overs on 181/4.

The Cavaliers reply started well, with D Dellar and M Vinter adding 36 together before Vinter (20) got a thin edge through to the Chatsworth 'keeper. With E Parry (1) out soon afterwards, a third wicket partnership of 56 steadied the innings before S Gilhooly (30) was out just as he was threatening to go big; the Cavs now 94/3. The score moved onto 117/3 before Dellar was the next batsman dismissed, falling just short of a half century (49). The Cavaliers got the required runs down to 50 with 10 overs remaining, but both P Johnson (2) and K Chowdhury (19) fell in quick succession. A seventh wicket partnership of 18 between N Davidson and J Lawson got the Cavs within 29 runs of the target (7 overs remaining) before Lawson (4) was out caught. With Davidson and D Young running hard, the Cavaliers got up to 173/7 before Davidson (26) was bowled with victory in sight. With just 9 needed from 3 overs, Young (13*) was joined by captain C Finch (3*). Some quick ones and twos later, and the Cavaliers had won by two wickets with three balls remaining; the score 182/8 from 39.3 overs.

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