Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

5 August 2018

Cavaliers Go Top

The Sunday XI made the short journey to Mile End Recreation Ground to play Great Horkesley & Lexden. With captain N Jalib winning the toss, the Cavaliers batted first.

The innings started well as R Akhlaq and F Murtaza added 36 runs for the opening partnership in seven overs before Akhlaq (14) was bowled. The second wicket fell soon afterwards with the score on 42/1 as a mix up saw both batsmen at the non-strikers end, with N Jalib (1) the man run out. The Cavs then rebuilt well as the third wicket added 78 runs with attacking strokes - Murtaza bringing up a 51-ball fifty in the process, but I Ikram (29) was bowled to end their partnership to make the score 120/3. Murtaza was now joined by T Hijazi (20), who hit his first ball for a boundary and continued to attack as the pair added 45 for the fourth wicket. It was then the turn of M Nadeem (10) to support Murtaza as the Cavaliers approached the 200 mark; Nadeem's dismissal making it 195/5. The last four overs saw 28 runs added between Murtaza (reaching his century in 93 balls) and H Ahamed (15*) as the Cavaliers ended their 40 overs on 223/5 with Murtaza finishing unbeaten on 111*.

The Cavaliers started well in their defence of 223 as GHLCC lost their first wicket in the second over - V Gedi claiming a caught & bowled chance. The opposition score progressed to 19/1 in the fifth over, but by the end of the ninth they were 24/5 as Gedi and fellow opening bowler M Nadeem (7-0-25-2) dismissed the top order. Following the opening spells, Jalib turned to R Akhlaq (3-0-31-0) and H Ahamed, who followed up last week's 5-fer by claiming a wicket a point from his first delivery of the match. With Ahamed (4-2-15-3) seeing two more catches going to Murtaza at slip, C Finch (3-1-6-0) and T Hijazi (2-0-4-1) reduced GHLCC to 119/9 while S Gupta (3-0-15-0) replaced Ahamed. In search of the winning wicket V Gedi (6.3-0-25-4) was brought back, claiming the wicket of R Mahmood (65) with his third ball back into the attack as GHLCC were all out for 125. The Cavaliers won by 98 runs and have now gone one point clear at the top of division three in the NECL!

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