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Cavs triumph in the rain

The West Indian Cavaliers became the first Nottinghamshire team to win the ECB National Club Championship as they beat Ealing by six wickets on a day when the rain, Duckworth/Lewis and penalty runs created a combination of excitement and confusion at Emirates Durham ICG.

Play was initially delayed due to wet and windy conditions in the north east but finally got underway with a reduced 42 overs per side match.

Cavaliers won the toss and put Ealing into bat and the Middlesex League side lost Ahmad Elech for 11, who was well caught at second slip by Dominic Williamson off the bowling of Ricardo Anderson.

Luke Stoughton joined Chris Wakefield at the crease but Anderson struck again, bowling Stoughton for 10.

New batsman Mylo Wilkin and Wakefield combined steady batting with some power hitting, targeting the short boundary before rain brought the players off the field in the 15th over.

West Indian Cavaliers celebrate in the dark after winning the ECB National Club Championship for the first time in their history

After a delay of over an hour and a half, play resumed with the match reduced to 29 overs per side.

 

Ealing knew they had to up the run-rate and Wakefield and Wilkin added 58 for the third wicket at a run a ball before Wakefield was bowled by Bilal Shafayat for 41.

Shafayat then accounted for Wilkin, caught by Williamson for 23, before Cavaliers captain Usman Afzaal brought himself into the bowling attack to good effect.

He dismissed both the Ealing captain David Holt and Chris Peploe – the former was caught behind by wicketkeeper Aaron Thomas, who took an excellent running catch under a high ball, before the latter picked out Anderson on the square-leg boundary for 12.

With quick runs needed, Leigh Parry took a liking to the short boundary, especially off Afzaal, bringing some needed impetus to the end of the innings with an impressive 49 not out off just 23 balls, including five sixes as Ealing finished on 209 for six.

West Indian Cavaliers’ chase got harder from the start as they were deducted an over due a slow over-rate when bowling.

This meant the Duckworth/Lewis target from 28 overs was set at 214 and the Nottinghamshire side knew they needed to make a bright start during the power-play overs.

They did just that thanks to openers Akil Patel and Sadiq Hassan, who hit a lively 23 off 16 balls before Chris Glasper and Parry took a wicket apiece to leave the Cavaliers on 63 for two.

Before both those wickets, however, a short shower briefly brought the players off and a new target was set of 202 from 26 overs.

Shafayat and Afzaal moved the Nottinghamshire side onto 101 before Parry picked up his second wicket of the match by having Shafayat caught by Elech for 21.

Ata-ur-Rehman hits out during his breezy knock which helped the West Indian Cavaliers overhaul Ealing's total at Emirates Durham ICG

Ata-ur Rehman came to the crease knowing that his side were behind on Duckworth/Lewis but his quickfire 25 from just 14 balls brought his side back ahead of the target before he was bowled by Kristian Martin's first ball.

Afzaal was joined by Patrick Gada and these two had reduced their target to a run a ball before the second penalty for slow over-rates was imposed by the umpires in the match.

West Indian Cavaliers were awarded 18 penalty runs due to Ealing being three overs behind the allotted time with four overs remaining.

Much to Ealing’s disappointment, this meant Cavaliers only required six off the final four overs, which they duly knocked off with 16 balls to spare under darkening skies.

Ealing's Parry was named man of the match for his all-round performance but it was the West Indian Cavaliers who enjoyed a double success over the weekend after securing the Nottinghamshire Premier League title only 24 hours before.

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