Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

4 August 2019

Cavs Have Sax Appeal

The Saturday XI travelled to Saxmundham Sports Club today, and fielded first after winning the toss.

Saxmundham started well, adding 68 for the first wicket as S Riaz (6-0-34-0) and J Rawlings (4-0-36-0) were unable to make a breakthrough, though A Khaliq struck in the 10th over. The score progressed to 114/1 after 16 overs before N Hussain had the Saxmundham opener stumped by D Young. The next wicket feel soon afterwards as D Dellar held onto a sharp catch at midwicket off Khaliq. The Cavaliers then continued to take wickets at regular intervals, with Saxmundham unable to build a partnership of more than 21 as Khaliq (15-4-68-4) and Hussain (13-0-46-4) reduced our opponents to 184/8 after 36 overs. The late introduction of J Walton (1-0-2-2) then saw the innings come to a close, thanks to an inwinging yorker and a steepling catch by Dellar - Saxmundham ending on 198 all out after 39 overs, giving six (important) overs to the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers reply started well, despite both openers showing a penchant for picking out fielders... The opening pair adding 71 together (the second best opening partnership of 2019 so far), with D Dellar bringing up an 82-ball fifty, before M Vinter (19) was caught at mid-off. The score then passed 100 as the Cavs inched towards the target, but Dellar (74) was the next to go to make the score 108/2 from 31 overs. The Cavaliers progressed to 124/2, but the quick wickets of P Kannan (7) and J Walton (4) saw the score slip to 130/4 before K Chowdhury and J Rawlings rebuilt through a good fifth wicket partnership of 29. With Chowdhury (32) caught at long-off, P Johnson (2) was the next to go as the Cavs fell to 172/6 after 46 overs (the additional six overs now coming into play). The returning J Rawlings then saw his enterprising innings (35 from 32 balls) ended in the 48th over as the Cavs reached 181/7, but N Hussain (9*) and S Riaz (15* from 10 balls) saw the Cavaliers claim a three wicket win, reaching 203/7 from 49.4 overs (just 8 balls left)!


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