Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

7 July 2019

Cavs Hold Their Nerve

The Saturday XI travelled to Promenade Park to play Maldon III yesterday, and batted first after winning the toss.

The Cavaliers innings got off to a great start, with F Murtaza hitting the first ball of the match through cover point for four, but the Cavs were soon 7/1 as Murtaza (6) was bowled. The second wicket partnership then made steady progress, reaching 49/1 in 14 overs before D Dellar was forced to retire not out (hurt) with a back injury, bring K Chowdhury to the crease (1), though he was out in the 18th over. A promising stand of 24 for the third wicket saw the Cavaliers up to 81/2, but that soon became 81/4 as M Vinter (44) and S Riaz (0) fell in quick succession. P Kannan and D Young then got the Cavaliers up to 98, but two wicket in two balls saw Young (10) caught at slip and B Aslam (0) bowled. With T Hijazi (2) out soon afterwards, the Cavaliers were 104/7 after 34 overs. A superb eighth wicket partnership between Kannan and H Ahamed then saw the paid add 43 runs together in eight overs, raising the score to 147/8 upon the dismissal of Ahamed (15). The returning Dellar (16*) then held up an end as Kannan brought up his fifty from 70 balls via a towering six back over the pavillion (his third six of the innings). The Cavaliers ended their 45 overs on a respectable 159/8, with Kannan on 55 not out.

The Maldon reply started steadily, adding 28 in 10 overs before S Riaz claimed the first wicket of the innings, trapping the opener LBW, while B Aslam (6-1-14-0) went wicketless. A further 24 runs were added before Riaz added a second wicket to his tally during his opening spell of 10-3-20-2, then A Khaliq struck soon after as Maldon reached 54/3 after 20 overs. The Cavaliers kept breaking partnerships as they were forming though; Kannan (11-1-38-1) and Kahliq taking two quick wickets in the 27th and 28th overs as Maldon slipped to 76/5. The score passed 100 before the Cavaliers struck again - Khaliq (12-2-51-3) claiming his third. The introduction of F Murtaza to the attack then turned the game in the Cavaliers favour - Before he entered the attack, Maldon were 134/6, and by the time Murtaza (4-0-9-3) ended his spell, they were 150/9 with just one over left. With Riaz into his return spell, it fell to him to see the innings out; the first ball going for four and the second for two to make the score 156/9 with four balls left, only for the Maldon skipper to hit a ball to long-off, where Murtaza took a steepling pressure catch on the boundary to seal a tense 3 run win after 44.3 overs of the second innings, Riaz ending with figures of 11.3-3-30-3.


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