Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

14 July 2018

Run Fest at the Rugby Club

The Saturday XI hosted Coggeshall today and fielded first after D Dellar lost the toss.

The Coggeshall batsmen started well, seeing off opening spells from N Davidson (5-0-18-0) and R Rasheed before Dellar turned to his spinners, K Chowdhury (5-0-38-0) and N Hussain. Having added 97 for the first wicket, Hussain then made the initial breakthrough before adding a second wicket during his long spell of 15-0-70-2. The Coggeshall batsmen then reached the 36th over without losing another wicket, making the score 225/2 as P Kannan (7-0-52-0) and the returning Rasheed (7-0-50-0) were unable to make further inroads into the opposition line up, though the introduction of F Murtaza to the attack saw the score slip to 231/5 within two overs! The Cavaliers then worked hard to keep the run rate down towards the end of the innings, with Murtaza (6-1-28-5) taking a wicket from the final ball of the innings to claim his maiden 5-fer for the Cavs. The innings ending on 268/7 from 45 overs.

The Cavaliers didn't get off to the best start in the reply, losing D Dellar (7) early on in the chase. What followed though was a 16 over partnership worth 116 runs as F Murtaza and M Vinter joined forces to get the Cavs up to 135/1 before Murtaza (85) was caught via a top edge. The momentum of the innings was maintained through a third wicket partnership of 126 in 18 overs between Vinter and I Ikram; the score reaching 261/2 before Ikram (60) was dimissed after registering his second fifty for the club. With just eight runs needed for victory, P Kannan (8*) joined M Vinter (88*) in seeing the Cavaliers to a winning score of 271/3 in 42.4 overs, winning by 7 wickets.

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