Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

1 July 2019

Cavs Wilt in the Heat

The Saturday XI travelled to Kesgrave last Saturday.

After losing the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first on the hottest day of 2019 so far. After opening bowlers N Davidson (4-0-20-0) and S Riaz toiled, the Kesgrave openers added 75 together before Riaz claimed the first wicket of the day. The score then passed 100 as K Chowdhury bowled well from one end while N Hussain began a 15-over spell, claiming his first wicket in his fourth over via a D Young catch. With Hussain continuing from one end, Chowdhury (10-0-57-0) completed his spell before H Ahamed (3-0-43-0) took over at his end. Kesgrave then added 122 runs for the third wicket, reaching 222/2 before B Aslam (3-0-20-1) bowled a superb yorker to end the partnership. Hussain then struck soon afterwards as Young claimed a second catch to remove Kesgrave opener S Dixey for a well made 102 - The score slipping to 227/4. The return of Riaz saw a wicket fall in the very next over as Kesgrave reached 233/5 after 41 overs before Hussain (15-2-55-3) claimed another wicket in his last over and Riaz (10-0-60-3) took his third in the last over of the innings. With the full 45 overs bowled, Kesgrave ended on 261/7.

The Cavaliers reply saw D Dellar (1) caught at point in the second over before K Chowdhury (3) and P Kannan (0) in quick succession - The score 13/3 after 5.2 overs. The innings was then rebuilt by F Murtaza and N Davidson, adding 61 for the fourth wicket as Murtaza compiled a 44-ball fifty. As the Cavs reached 74/3, Murtaza (63) and Davidson (3) were both dismissed to make it 74/5 and the prospect of an early finish seemed likely. The Cavaliers then fought back - A sixth wicket partnership of 41 between N Hussain and H Ahamed saw the score up to 115 before Hussain (25) was caught. A further 33 were added for the seventh wicket as S Riaz joined Ahamed (23), who was caught with the score on 148. The arrival of B Aslam (18) to the crease then saw the run rate go up as he smote two mighty sixes to help the Cavaliers up to 184/8 after 37.2 overs. It was then left to Riaz (44* - his highest score for the club) and D Young (10*) to see the Cavaliers achieve maximum batting bonus points - The innings ending on 210/8 as the Cavaliers lost by 51 runs.


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