Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

10 August 2019

Cavs Win in Mill Road Farewell

The Saturday XI welcomed Brockley II to Mill Road today in our last ever fixture at the Rugby Club before our proposed move to Mile End Recreation Ground.

After winning the toss the Cavaliers fielded first, with S Riaz (first spell of 8-3-18-1) and N Davidson (first spell of 5-0-24-0) bowling well as Brockley reached 41/1 after 11 overs. Brockley then rebuilt their innings through an impressive secon wicket partnership of 140 as P Kannan (8-0-47-0) and K Chowdhury (7-0-42-0) went wicketless, while N Hussain had a disappoining day, seeing several dropped catches and a missed stumping, before he then had his spell cut short at 9-1-33-0; injuring himself attempting a catch off his own bowling, he badly injured himself and had to be taken to A&E for 11 stiches to his hand! Hussain's injury saw Riaz return to the attack, and he managed to deflect the ball onto the stumps to run out the Brockley #3, T Steggles (59), as they reached 181/2 from 39 overs. With Brockley going onto the attack in the last few overs, Riaz's (14-3-70-1) figures took a hit (38 coming off his last 3 overs), but the returning Davidson (7-0-33-1) struck late on as the inings closed on 231/3 after 45 overs, with the Brockley captain, A McCaffrey carrying his bat for 129*.

The Cavaliers reply started poorly with D Dellar (0) dismissed off the fourth ball of the chase, but a second wicket partnership between M Vinter and K Chowdhury saw the Cavs recover to 67/1 before Chowdhury (28) was caught at point off a leading edge. The usual Cavs collapse didn't materialise though, as Vinter combined with P Kannan (39) to add a further 66 runs for the third wicket; Kannan's dismissal making the score 133/3 after 26 overs. With Vinter reaching his fifty from 92 balls, the Cavaliers continued to make good progress despite T Hijazi (6) being caught and bowled by McCaffrey as the score reached 160/4 after 33.2 overs. The Cavaliers then continued their fine batting performance, as Vinter (96*) and V Gedi (31*) combined in an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 73* (the highest fifth wicket partnership of 2019) in just 9.4 overs; the Cavaliers reaching 233/4 from 43.1 overs, winning by 6 wickets with 11 balls to spare.


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