Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

1 July 2018

Close Game at Dunmow

The Saturday XI travelled to Dunmow today and fielded first in hot conditions after Dunmow won the toss.

Opening bowler R Rasheed struck early on while N Davidson (6-0-27-0) toiled at the other end. Rasheed (11-0-82-2) then struck again at the end of his opening spell as Dunmow reached 62/2. The introduction of N Hussain then brought another wicket, via a catch at slip by F Murtaza, but a fourth wicket partnership of 86 saw Dunmow up to 173/2 while Hussain and B Prabhu (7-0-38-0) were unable to make a breakthrough. Once S Riaz broke the partnership, the Cavaliers struck several times; V Gedi effected a run out with an excellent throw, S Riaz (6-0-29-2) claimed a second wicket via a catch by a diving D Young, and Hussain (15-1-45-3) claimed two more (caught by Davidson and Murtaza) as Dunmow slipped to 181/8. The Dunmow ninth wicket pair then batted well at the end of the innings before D Young effected a direct hit run out. With no more wickets falling, Dunmow reached 237/9 from their 45 overs.

The Cavaliers reply began with an opening partnership of 33 before D Dellar (16) was bowled by a ball that kept low. The second wicket partnership got the Cavs past 50 before V Gedi (1) was bowled, but a third wicket partnership of 49 between F Murtaza and P Kannan saw the Cavs to 101/3 upon the dismissal of Murtaza (50). The score reached 134 before N Hussain (13) was dismissed, with P Kannan (46) following soon after in the 21st over. The Cavaliers were well above the Dunmow score at the same point of their innings, but we had lost more wickets at the same stage. With two quick wickets, those of B Prabhu (12) and N Davidson (4), the Cavaliers rebuilt around through an eighth wicket partnership between R Rasheed and P Johnson before Rasheed (42) was well caught on the boundary. S Riaz then joined Johnson as the score passed 200, but Johnson (11) was dismissed as the score reached 214/9. The last pair then got the Cavaliers within 15 of the Dunmow total, but Riaz (10) was caught behind as the Cavs ended on 222 all out after 41.2 overs, with D Young (0*) the not out batsman as the Cavaliers lost by 15 runs.

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