Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

4 August 2019

Massive Loss at Springfield

The Sunday XI travelled to Springfield today and fielded first after losing the toss.

With three players arriving late due to leaving late and traffic, Springfield were able to find gaps easily against opening bowlers N Davidson and B Prabhu (5-0-33-0) as they reached 46/0 after 5 overs before all eleven players were present. The Springfield openers were still able to find gaps or hit over the top against H Ahamed (4-0-34-0) and M Nadeem as C Prudence passed 50. With enough time elapsed for the late players to bowl, Nadeem turned to A Khaliq (4-1-25-0) and S Riaz (6-0-38-0), who struggled with an old ball which hadn't been shined throughout the innings. With Prudence progressing past 100 and 150, the Springfield total passed 200 easily. A lack of breakthroughs from B Aslam (3-0-23-0), P Kannan (2-0-28-0) and S Khan (2-0-26-0) saw Prudence pass 200 and his opening partner J Gooday pass 50. With Prudence hitting the mangled match ball into bushes, the ball was lost, and the replacement brought an immediate wicket as Prudence (218) was caught by Davidson on the boundary off the bowling of the returning Nadeem (7-1-48-1); the openers adding a mind-boggling 286 runs together! With Davidson (7-0-44-1) bowling the Springfield number three in the next over, it was left to Gooday (57*) and the new batsman to see Springfield up to an imposing final total of 308/2 off their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply saw the openers add 23 runs in 6.4 overs before U Akhter (14) was trapped LBW. The second wicket added a further 18 runs in six overs, but the wicket of P Kannan (18) - Caught on the boundary at cow corner off M Southwell - saw the score slip to 41/2, and the Cavaliers batting line up began to collapse; M Nadeem (4), S Khan (1), and S Riaz (0) out as the Cavs reached 46/5 after 14.4 overs. With H Ahamed (3) and B Aslam (3) both out soon afterwards, the score slipped to 56/7 as Southwell brought up his 5-fer before the drinks break. The Cavaliers struggled along with B Prabhu and N Davidson at the crease, but Davidson (5) was stumped before A Khaliq (4) was caught - Springfield reducing the Cavs to 79/9. Prabhu and D Young then targeted the possibility of batting bonus points, but Southwell (8.3-1-16-6) had Prabhu (23) caught on the midwicket boundary (the fifth Cavalier caught on the boundary, searching for a big hit); the Cavaliers all out for just 92 from 28.3 overs, with Young (1*) not out in a 216 run loss.


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