Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

28 July 2019

Nadeem Leads Clinical Cavs

The Cavaliers Sunday XI travelled to Ardleigh today for a friendly and batted first after losing the toss.

After adding 15 runs together, openers U Akhter (11) and M Vinter (8) fell to make the score 24/2 after 11 overs. An attacking third wicket partnership of 56 between R Akhlaq and M Nadeem then saw the score race to 80/2 in 20 overs before Akhlaq was caught for 31. The Cavaliers continued to attack through Nadeem (who reached fifty from 44 balls) as he and A Khaliq (7) added a further 49 for the fourth wicket; the score reaching 129/4 after 28.3 overs. With 36 runs coming in the next four overs, Nadeem (92) was the next to go - Sharply caught at cover as he narrowly missed out on his maiden Cavs century. Two more wicket fell soon afterwards; those of B Aslam (20) and J Parks (0) to make it 175/7, but a run-a-ball 10 from B Munir helped to score move to 187/8 with three overs left. It was then left to S Riaz (13*) and D Young (4*) to add 20 runs in an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership to get the Cavaliers up to their final total of 207/8 in 40 overs.

The Ardleigh reply saw a wicket fall in the first over as S Riaz threw to D Young to run out one of the openers. With N Davidson (7-1-12-0) going wicketless, it was B Munir who claimed the next wicket to fall (Young claiming a thin edge behind). A Khaliq then took the next two wickets to fall while S Riaz (7-2-13-0) and B Aslam (5-0-12-0) were unable to make further breakthroughs despite tidy spells. The next two wickets were then claimed by M Nadeem (5-2-8-2), following up his fine batting performance with a good bowling display. With Ardleigh struggling to increase the run rate, the returning B Munir (8-0-20-2) and A Khaliq (8-1-31-3) took the next two wickets to fall as Ardleigh ended their 40 overs on 100/8 - The Cavaliers winning by 107 runs.

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