Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

3 September 2018

Cavs End 2018 Season on a High

The Sunday side travelled to Kelvedon & Feering with 10 men yesterday for their last game of the season and opted to bowl first after winning the toss.

The bowlers got the Cavaliers off to a fine start as R Rasheed and N Davidson kept things tight with Rasheed chipping in with the wicket of danger man Vickery (17) during an opening spell of 6-1-14-1 while Davidson (9-2-26-1) bowled unchanged. With S Riaz and V Gedi starting their spells economically, Kelvedon reached the drinks break with the score 60/2 after 20 overs. Post-drinks the Kelvedon batsmen started to attack M Nadeem (4-0-30-0) and V Gedi, but Gedi came back well - He broke a third wicket stand of 74 and dismissed both the set batsmen in consecutive overs, finishing with figures of 8-1-39-2. The returning S Riaz (7-1-26-0) helped to keep the run rate down while R Rasheed took a wicket upon his return to the attack; Rasheed seeing out the innings from the railway end to finish with 9-1-37-2. The final overs from the other end were bowled by H Ahamed (1-0-13-1) and F Murtaza (2-0-12-1), both claiming wickets as Kelvedon ended their innings on 189/7 after 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a good start as openers I Ikram and F Murtaza defended well and took any runs that were on offer. During their time together Murtaza set a new club record for runs scored in a single league campaign and also passed 1,000 runs for the season. The opening pair added 48 together in just over 30 minutes before some confusion between the two saw Ikram (19) run out. That wicket brought skipper N Jalib to the crease; he and Murtaza proceeded to rotate the strike and hit boundaries off the loose balls during a second wicket partnership of 85 in 17 overs together (during which time Murtaza brouht up a 77 ball fifty), but Murtaza (55) was out with the score on 133. Two overs later N Jalib (59) was bowled (not long after bringing up a 46 ball fifty) as the scoreboard read 151/3 after 32 overs, but a quick-fire 35* from M Nadeem (including four boundaries in four balls at the end of the 35th over) set the stage for R Rasheed (9*) to win the match with a six over long-on to take the Cavaliers to 193/3 from 35.2 overs, winning by 7 wickets and going top of the league in the process in their last game of the season.

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