Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

6 May 2018

Cavs Struggle in Sunny Stebbing

The Sunday XI travelled to Stebbing today to begin their 2018 campaign.

With various players arriving late and the captain not having a full compliment of players at the ground, skipper N Jalib was more than happy to win the toss and bat first. The Cavaliers lost opener R Akhlaq (0) early on, but fellow opener M Nadeem and captain N Jalib got the score board ticking over before Jalib (12) was dismissed with the score on 33/2. Nadeem then combined with Cavs debutant F Munir in a third wicket partnership of 67 in 12 overs, with both batsmen hitting fours and sixes galore before the Stebbing spinners put a squeeze on the scoring rate. With the score 100/2 after 19 overs, the Cavs saw Nadeem (46) and B Prabhu (2) dismissed in quick succession before re-building to 126/4 through Munir and R Rasheed. The dreaded "Cavaliers Collapse" struck for the second time this weekend though, with Rasheed (8), Munir (40), D Young (0) and N Davidson (0) all dismissed in the space of two overs as the score slipped from 126/4 to 127/8; four wickets for just one run! With just the tail left, the Stebbing bowlers made short work of V Gedi (2) and A Ali (4 on debut) as the Cavaliers were all out for 139 in 38 overs, with C Finch unbeaten on 2*.

The Stebbing chase saw their openers add 26 in the face of some excellent bowling from opening bowlers R Rasheed and N Davidson, with Rasheed producing some excellent swing with the old ball. First to strike was Davidson (4-1-22-1), but it was Rasheed (7-2-32-2) who then took two wickets in two balls, including an early contender for wicket-taking delivery of 2018! - The Cavs claiming three wickets in four balls as Stebbing slipped to 30/3. Jalib then shuffled his change bowlers, but seamers F Munir (5-0-24-0), B Prabhu (3-0-19-0) and V Gedi (2-0-12-0) were unable to build upon the work of the openers. With the spin of C Finch (1-0-14-0) not providing a breakthrough, Jalib turned to debutant A Ali (0.4-0-5-1) who broke the fourth wicket partnership of 109 via a comidic stumping by D Young (two attempts in slow motion). With the scores level at 139/4, it was almost over; Stebbing running out 6 wicket winners after 22.4 overs.

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