Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

4 May 2019

Cavs Win Despite Rain

The Cavaliers travelled to Marauders Cricket Field to play Coggeshall 3rd XI today.

The Cavs arrived to find the ground bathed in sunshine, but very cold due to icy winds. Captain D Dellar won the toss and opted to bat first in a match reduced to 35 overs a side... After two balls heavy rains forced the players off with the score 0/0 and, after waiting for the pitch to dry, the captains agreed to an early tea followed by a new 25 over a side match.

The Cavs lost the toss for the second attempt at a game and were asked to bat first on a damp wicket. Once again the rain forced players off after two balls, with the Cavaliers 2/0. After a short delay play continued until another rain delay caused a stoppage in the ninth over with the score 27/2 - Dellar (9) and D Smith (4) the two dismissed batsmen. With play resuming, opening batsman F Murtaza added 26 runs for the third wicket with P Kannan (3) before the latter was bowled. With N Davidson (0) out soon afterwards, Murtaza and T Hijazi added 25 runs for the fifth wicket before Hijazi (7) was dismissed just as the rain forced another break in play after 18 overs with the score on 87/5. Upon play resuming, Murtaza reached his fifty from 56 balls before three more wickets fell cheaply, with P Johnson (2), S Riaz (1) and A Khaliq (0) all dismissed as the Cavaliers reached 97/8 from 22.3 overs with just D Young left to bat. Murtaza and Young (0*) then added 35 runs in 15 balls in an unbeaten last wicket partnership as the Cavaliers posted 132/8 from their 25 overs - Murtaza finishing on 91 not out.

The Coggeshall openers started confidently, with N Davidson (2-0-10-0) going wicketless before before A Khaliq claimed his first wicket for the Cavaliers - T Hijazi claiming a catch at square leg in the eighth over. The next over then saw first change bowler S Riaz claiming the wicket of the other Coggeshall opener courtesy of a catch at cover by D Smith. Khaliq (8-1-36-2) then claimed a second wicket during an impressive debut spell for the club, while Riaz took two wickets (one caught by Murtaza) in an over to reduce Coggeshall to 62/5 after 16 overs. A Coggeshall counterattack saw their sixth wicket add 58 runs as Hijazi and D Smith (3-0-24-0) toiled between further rain delays. With Coggeshall reaching 120/5 after 22.5 overs, Hijazi (4-0-30-1) struck to remove the big-hitting Chantry (40) to create an opening for the Cavs. Coggeshall required 13 runs from 12 balls and captain Dellar turned to man-of-he-moment Murtaza who took two wickets in two balls for match figures of 1-0-1-2, reducing the equation to Coggeshall needing 12 from 6 balls. The returning Riaz (6.4-1-20-4) then claimed the last wicket to fall as Coggeshall were all out for 126 - The Cavaliers winning by 6 runs with 2 balls to spare!

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