Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

4 August 2018

Chase Against Copford

The Saturday XI welcomed Copford II to Mill Road today and were asked to field first as Copford won the toss.

The Cavaliers got off to an excellent start as S Riaz (10-0-44-2) removed both Copford openers to make the score 27/2 while fellow opener R Rasheed swung the new ball well. Rasheed made the next breakthrough to make it 52/3 just before spinner N Hussain was introduced to the attack in place of S Riaz.Two lengthy spells were bowled as Rasheed (13-0-58-3) chipped away at the top order while Hussain bowled to the close at the other end, claiming 15-2-56-3 as he removed the middle order. While Hussain worked on dismissing the middle order, P Kannan (4-0-13-0) and F Murtaza (3-0-9-1) bowled spells at the end of the innings as Copford ended their 45 overs on 195/9.

The Cavs reply began with a 31 run opening stand before D Dellar (17) was yorked by the Copford opening bowler. Dellar's opening partner, F Murtaza, then reached a fifty in 44 balls before being dismissed for 54 to end a 60 run partnership with N Jalib to leave the score on 91/2 after 15 overs. A couple of wickets fell soon afterwards as I Ikram (2) and P Kannan (10) were both out. With Jalib (26) out with the score on 122, J Corcos and P Johnson attempted to rebuild, but upon reaching 130/5 both Johnson (1) and Corcos (10) were dismissed to make it 130/7. The nerves of the Cavaliers players were soon settled by a superb 66 run unbeaten partnership between R Rasheed (43*) and N Hussain (20) which saw the Cavs up to a winning total of 196/7 in 40.1 overs, winning by 3 wickets.

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