Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

14 July 2019

Cavs Run Kesgrave Close

The Saturday XI hosted Kesgrave at Mill Road today and batted first after losing the toss.

After a tentative start (6/0 from 5 overs), the opening batsmen, F Murtaza and M Vinter soon found their rhythm, adding a further 51 runs from the next 11 overs before Vinter (11) was caught. With Murtaza (44) out soon afterwards, the Cavaliers were 60/2 after 18.4 overs but an attacking third wicket partnership saw 62 runs added in 11 overs - T Hijazi (25) the next wicket to fall to make the score 122/3 at the end of the 30th over. The Cavs continued to bat well though, and P Kannan brought up a 53-ball fifty before being caught at long-off for 57 soon afterwards. With R Rasheed (6) out soon after, the score was 168/5 - It was then left to K Chowdhury (19*) and H Ahamed (15*) to see the final score reach 192/5 after 45 overs.

The Kesgrave openers made a steady start in their reply, surviving against R Rasheed's opening spell of 8-3-31-0 while S Riaz made the first breakthrough via a Murtaza catch. The score progressed to 72/1, but quick wickets from N Davidson and A Khaliq (7-0-35-1) saw Kesgrave slip to 76/3. Davidson also claimed the next two wickets to fall in a fine spell of 9-1-24-3 while Murtaza (6-0-40-1) added to his tally of catches in 2019 with a good caught & bowled dismissal. With Kesgrave 149/6, Murtaza turned back to his openers, but Rasheed (12-3-48-0) and Riaz (8.1-1-36-1) were unable to prevent Kesgrave reaching 193/6 from 42.1 overs, winning by 4 wickets.


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