Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

12 May 2018

Poke in the Eye for The Cavs

The Saturday XI travelled to Eye today and batted first upon losing the toss.

The Cavaliers made steady progress at the start of their innings with openers D Dellar and J Walton (4) adding 15 for the first wicket. With R Akhlaq (5) and P Kannan (2) also departing, the Cavs had reached 41/3 in 14.1 overs, but Dellar was joined by R Rasheed in a fourth wicket partnership of 67 in 13 overs, with Dellar bringing up the first fifty of the season for the Cavaliers. Upon the dimissal of Dellar (52), the Cavaliers experienced their usual collapse as they slipped from 108/3 to 122/8, with J Corcos (0), Rasheed (38), P Johnson (3) and V Gedi (0) all following the skipper back to the pavilion in a 5 over period. A ninth wicket partnership of 20 improved matters before D Young (3) was dismissed, but the Cavaliers reached 157 all out in 40.1 overs once S Riaz (0) was dismissed - N Davidson batting responsibly for 22 not out at the end. Bowling performance of the day went to Eye's R Lockwood though, with impressive figures of 12-3-21-7!!

The Cavaliers struck early in their defence of 157, with opening bowler R Rasheed and N Davidson removing both Eye openers. With Davidson (7-0-37-2) and Rasheed striking again, Eye were 47/4 after 12.3 overs. Eye then had a couple of good partnerships as the bowlers struggled with their lines; S Riaz (6.4-0-32-0) goung wicketless, though V Gedi (5-0-16-1) managed to claim a wicket. With P Kannan (6-0-21-1) breaking another partnership, Dellar turned back to his opening bowlers with Rasheed (15-1-40-3) claiming a wicket from his final ball. Sadly it was too late for the Cavaliers, with Eye reaching their target of 158 after 40.4 overs for the loss of 7 wickets.

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