Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

6 May 2018

Gedi Prevents Sudbury's Revenge of the Fifth

After last week's rained off game, the Cavaliers travelled to Lavenham to play Sudbury III in a bid to maintain their unbeaten start to 2018 (albeit without playing!).

Having lost the toss the Cavaliers were put into bat, with captain D Dellar an M Vinter finding free scoring a problem on a slow pitch. A great effort from the pair saw them add 71 runs for the first wicket in 21.3 overs before Dellar (35) was the first wicket to fall. Vinter (30) fell three overs later, and K Chowdhury (13) two overs after that. A fourth wicket partnership of 26 between P Kannan and P Johnson saw the Cavaliers reach 120/3, but the curse of the "Cavaliers collapse" saw Johnson (6), N Hussain (0) and Kannan (20) fall as the score slipped to 120/6! With N Davidson (5) out soon afterwards, debutant V Gedi (playing his first ever game of hard ball cricket) and D Young added 15 together before Young (4) was bowled off his pads, with S Riaz (2) fell soon after too. A big six from last man U Ghani saw the Cavaliers pass 150, but Ghani (6) fell without adding more runs to his tally as the Cavaliers ended their innings 153 all out off 40.3 overs, with Gedi unbeaten on 11* in a fine first showing for the club.

The Cavaliers bowling effort began with boundaries, no balls and wides, but the opening pair of N Davidson (5-1-20-0) and S Riaz soon settled into a rhythm as the Sudbury opening pair added 38 in the first ten overs before Riaz (8-0-28-2) found enough movement to dismiss both openers. With breakthroughs made Dellar turned to his spinners U Ghani and N Hussain.  Both started economically with a few near misses but it was Hussain who made the next breakthroughs, including wicket of the well set #3 batsmen, as he bamboozled the opposition; at one stage bowling 47 balls for just 1 run and taking two wickets in that time! Ghani (11-1-27-1) claimed a deserved wicket via a diving Davidson catch before being replaced by Gedi with Sudbury 88/6 after 31 overs. Gedi continued the economical work of the spinners, claiming a caught and bowled chance for a wicket on debut to go with his not out and fine fielding display. A couple of overs later, Hussain (14-7-14-4) took the prized wicket of Hinchcliffe (stumped Young) before Gedi (7.3-1-12-2) finished the innings with another caught and bowled - Sudbury all out for 107 as the Cavaliers claimed a full 20pts with a 46 run win.

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