South Notts League: Collingham Cricket Club's troubles continue away to Cavaliers & Carrington
Collingham failed to win for the third consecutive week on Saturday, dropping to fourth place in the South Notts A.
Their latest disappointment came in the form of a losing draw away at Cavaliers & Carrington 2nds, who moved 15 points clear of Collingham at the top of the division.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first, which looked like a bad decision by the time Andrew Laughton bowled the home number ten batsman, Kimany Gregorie, to leave them on 164 for nine at the end of the 41st over.
Collingham pro Mohammad Mohsin had earlier taken five Cavaliers’ wickets and recorded the club’s overall best bowling figures of the season so far with four maidens in his 12 overs, conceding only 19 runs for his five wickets.
But the ninth Cavaliers’ wicket was the high point of the afternoon as they set a target of 246 to win, in part by crashing 42 from the final two overs — including a huge 28 from the last six balls.
Home number seven Naeem Ahmed finished on 80 not out after a marvellous effort in facing 45 of the final 55 balls to shepherd number 11 Shubham Sajwan to Cavaliers’ highest partnership of the game, an unbroken 81.
The Collingham openers began cautiously and both played themselves in but were unable to go on.
Andrew Laughton fell first in the 14th over, caught and bowled by Farhan Ahmed for 20, before Jacob Fisher went for 31 with three balls of the 25th over remaining, leaving his team needing 152 from 153 balls with eight wickets in hand.
This was certainly a challenging scenario, but with Mohsin, set on 26 from 38 balls, joined by skipper Oli Dyson, there was always a chance, provided that these two could stay together until deep in to the innings.
They battled hard to add 55 in 68 balls, but the required run rate crept ever upwards, bringing ever-increasing pressure.
After Dyson was run out (26) going for a quick second in the 36th over, Mohsin was only able to add four more to his total.
He went for 51 with Collingham on 158-4, needing 88 from the remaining 12 overs.
David Pipes fought in vain to keep the innings moving forwards but was unable to make any headway as a succession of partners came and went, and any lingering hopes of a win were forgotten.
Collingham will rue the fact that they were unable to close out the Cavaliers innings after the ninth wicket fell, but in a season of fine margins and key moments — in a very tight division — the key will be to recover their recent form quickly.
They return to action on Saturday against a resurgent Ellerslie.