Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

31 August 2009


Playing in his last league fixture in PDQ Div 5 Rasanga put in a man-of-the-match performance to secure victory for the 2nd's and in so doing ensured a 2nd place finish for the 2009 season.

With the fixture being played in the somewhat unusual surroundings of Brantham and the game having been shortened to 40 overs per side neither side was quite sure what to expect from the pitch and neither had an inkling for what would prove to be a competitive score. Batting first the Cavaliers got off to a poor start with the skipper falling without troubling the scorers and Pete following relatively soon thereafter leaving the Cavaliers struggling a tad at 28-2. With Luke watching on from the other end Alex C continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over though with the score having moved on to 53 his innings was brought to a close for a well played 31. "Man of the Moment" Rasa strode to the crease who having been told by his teammates that nothing short of 60 was acceptable started in his usual inimitable attacking fashion and as Luke watched on from the other end Rasa began despatching the visitors' bowling attack to all parts. Luke was finally put out of his misery for 6 (off 22 balls!) and Alex W soon followed and with the score at 99-5 things looked rather ominous however the introduction of Steve P turned the game in the Cavaliers' favour as he and Rasa soon had the scoreboard racing along this despite the incredibly slow over-rate! Rasa duly brought up his first and last half century for the 2nd's and didn't stop there, as per their earlier meeting this season C&EE were obliged to bring back their opening bowlers in order to get a breakthrough with W Spain finally managing to remove Steve P who had comfortably kept up with Rasa contributing 34 in a much needed partnership of 65 for the 6th wicket. Rasa's blistering innings finally came to end for a superbly crafted 72 as he was bowled by the big man Chiwora and thus with the score on 174-5, tail exposed and ten overs to go the game was still somewhat in the balance but excellent batting from Dan (22) and Bernie (13*) ensured the Cavaliers surpassed 200 for only the third time in their 2009 league campaign and with the last ball of the 40th over eventually bowled the score closed on 215-8.

Needing to be off the square no later than 7pm C&EE kindly agreed to forego tea until the close of play and the sides turned around immediately. Needing a good run-rate from the off the C&EE openers looked to push the run-rate from the get-go but Dale's dismissal of C Spain soon had them on the back foot. An excellent partnership then ensued between Cairns and Shah and it was the latter again who would prove to be the danger man having won C&EE the game at the Castle Park earlier in the month. Jason bowling first change produced his best spell of the season and bowling in partnership with Rasa essentially ensured victory for the home side as both bowled with unerring accuracy and collecting wickets at crucial times. Rasa fresh from his own batting exploits fittingly picked up the key wicket of Shah as he took what can only be described as a superb return catch off his own bowling much to the astonishment of the C&EE batsman who in truth had nailed it straight out of the middle of the bat. With Shah's dismissal the game was essentially all but over. Luke came on to bowl something of a rare spell and picked up his first wickets of the season thanks in part to his brother for holding on to two catches the first of which being a tricky over the shoulder type affair. Some powerful hitting by mid-week Cavs man Chiwora (and poor bowling) got the visitors score up to a respectable 150-9 at the close. A 65 run victory for the Cavaliers avenging their earlier defeat in the season.

Special mention to Phil Lawler at Brantham Athletic for being such an excellent host, indeed post match discussions gave hope to the possibility of some floodlit 20/20 fixtures next season which should be fun for all!

I know I speak for all in thanking Rasa for all of his efforts for the 2nd XI this year, we are sorry to see you leaving us but we wish you all the best in your future endeavours both on and off the cricket pitch wherever they may take you. We hope to see you again soon!

30 August 2009

Box Clever

A busy Bank Holiday weekend got off to a good start with a solid win over Boxted to revenge the defeat earlier in the season and, similar to last season, share the wins with our most local rivals.

The pitch conditions looked good and with clear skies we happy to win the toss and bat first but from the first ball batting wasn't as simple as expected with erratic bounce alternately threatening the hands and toes. Danny was the only batsman to master the conditions, anchoring the innings to make an unbeaten 93, with excellent support from Ray at the close. Jon R hit a memorable straight six as the late order acceleration got us up to 190, certainly much more than looked likely a few overs earlier.

The Boxted innings started badly for the home side with a wicket falling first ball to Stuart, thanks to an excellent catch by Tony. Thereafter the bowlers were put to the sword until Ray joined the attack to dismiss the dangerous Gilbert for 43 and the other top order batsmen shortly afterwards to leave Boxted struggling at 93-4.

Tony bowled his usual good line to pick up 4 wickets in the middle order, thanks to some great catching, especially by Robbie and a couple more stumpings by Phil. The last four wickets went down quickly to wrap the game up early with a win by 49 runs.

23 August 2009

Blown Away

Stebbing.... different line up, different venue, same outcome... a comprehensive defeat for the Cavaliers (only this time thankfully we didn't field first!)

In theory we could leave the match report there but I feel obliged to post something... in reality the game never really seemed to get going for the Cavaliers. Luke having won the toss and given the gusty conditions, lack of sightscreens and good looking track opted to bat first and he and Pete proceeded to get the visitors off to a decent start, both batsman riding their luck in the face of some good bowling but both also throwing in the odd decent shot for good measure. With the score on 41 Pete was the first to succumb to Winter's nagging line, length & swing in the 9th over and from then on it was another case of the Cavaliers Collapse as the visitors proceeded to slump to 55-6 with Vinnie, Jon & Alex all failing to record a run. Darren coming in perhaps belatedly at no.8 restored some semblance of respect to proceedings but as he ran out of batting partners he had little choice but to go for his shots and was bowled by Law for a cultered knock of 21. Cavaliers all out for 100 off just 26.4 overs. Woeful.

With the teas understandably not ready the sides turned round to bowl the first ten overs of the home sides reply with Darren & Rasa taking the new ball. Both bowled well and Darren got reward for his excellent line as he removed Gwyther (0) but from then on it was very much the Law & specifically Winter show as the home side cantered to the their target interrupted only by sandwiches & sponge cake...

Yet another day to forget for the 2nds who were without question thoroughly outplayed. We wish Stebbing well in Div 4 next season and trust they will enjoy the more challenging fixture ahead.

22 August 2009

Fishy friendly ends in loss for Cavs

Match Report c/o Freelancer Steve P

Friendly games are always a bit of a lottery, with the two uncertainties of how strong a team will be picked and how seriously both sides take the game. This friendly against Ardliegh pitched together 2 very evenly matched teams who both had the same desire to win whilst recognising that it was not a league match trying to play the game in a slightly more relaxed way. Well done to both teams.

I am going to leave comment on the fact that 30 minutes before the game Cavaliers had 12 players, yet we ended up playing the game with 10½!

The Cavaliers innings started at a tremendous pace at 10 an over for the first 3, but Paul Mills (12) and Alex Corcos (11) lost their wickets in quick succession. Indeed this set a trend as a string of batsmen got themselves in, only to get themselves out again. Stephen Peeling (22) and new boy Aaron (20) put on a nice little partnership of 40. When Robbie Mitchell (20) and Razza (39) were together, a total of 200 looked possible, but after they were both out that hope vanished. Bernie was the only Cavs batsman not to put runs on the board getting a golden duck, Cavs ended up with a total of 165 off 33 overs

Robbie and Dale opened the bowling and one of Ardliegh’s big hitting openers left us all thinking that the Cavs total was far too small as he started to hit big sixes. But in a similar fashion to Cavs, the Ardliegh batsmen also had a tendency to get out without posting big totals. Alex took 2 super catches at Mid off, Stephen (the Salmon) Peeling took an awesome catch in his chest from a huge clout and them followed this with a sublime slip catch, Indeed Stephen almost bagged a third catch when he could only get his fingertips to a slip catch that would have rivalled the infamous diving slip catch from our vice captain earlier in the season. Phil (the Barracuda) Wolski took a really sharp run out chance with a brilliant throw from Razza. Phil had a great game considering that he had only flown in from USA that morning and had not slept for over 24 hours. All our bowlers bowled well, all giving away between 22 and 28 runs each, the wickets were shared between Robbie (2) Ray Smith (3) and Bernie (2). In the end though Ardliegh struck the winning runs winning by 2 wickets. But on reflection it was the dropped catches that was the difference between the 2 teams, I recall one really sharp chance dropped by Ardliegh, yet Cavs dropped 5 chances, the easiest going to Robbie (the Crayfish) Mitchell, who admitted that the sun, spin on the ball and rabbit holes under his feet had no affect at all.

The game finished in farcical circumstances, the scoreboard had been updated to show that Ardliegh needed 3 runs to win, they duly got those 3 runs and as the team shook hands and started to walk off the wicket, the scorers tried to send the teams back claiming the scores are level.

So all in all and enjoyable close fought match, played in a great spirit and in lovely weather. Well done Ardliegh.

16 August 2009

Simon Says...

The Cavaliers 2nd XI duly put their defeat at the hands of St.Osyth the day before behind them with a four wicket victory away to Cressing.

15 August 2009

Groundhog Day

Cavaliers 2nd's losing streak gathered pace with a heavy 85 run return defeat away to St.Osyth despite a few notable efforts with bat and ball... indeed the fixture was all rather too reminiscent of the earlier meeting between the two sides at the Rugby Club.

13 August 2009

Sport England Grant Application

I have submitted a grant application to Sport England, under their "Small Capital Grant" scheme. Graham Pryke, the cricket development officer for North Essex had heard that this scheme has a lot of cash to distribute so hopefully some of it will fall our way.


12 August 2009

Planning Application Submitted

The planning application for our new pavilion was submitted today. The reference number is PP-00780712 and I understand that the application will be available on the Colchester Borough Council website within a couple of days. All being well we will have our permission granted before the end of the season.

The next step is to complete applications for grant money. I am planning to apply to Sport England (the rugby club got £10K for their floodlights) and Essex Community Foundation Grassroots Fund (part of the lottery distribution). I hope to complete these within the next week or so.

Further down the line I would hope to be in a position to lay the foundation next March, order the log cabin and have it erected ahead of the 2010 season.

9 August 2009


A tough day in the field for Cavaliers but in the end we were beaten by one guy, making his first, and probably only appearance of the season, clearly in a different class.

It was almost certainly a bad toss to lose although it's uncertain as to whether it would have changed the result. Our bowling at the start was about the worst of the season, Stuart bowled quite well but didn't get his customary swing and so although he picked up an early wicket his line was a bit erratic. At the other end Darren unusually gave away a bunch of boundaries to opener Bhaskar and so Danny replaced him after two overs with the thought that he might be bowling at the wrong end. Dan tightened things up for a while but Bhaskar and Ul-Haq were making the most of some excellent batting conditions.

For a while it looked like Colchester would be posting more than 300 but the introduction of Ray and Tony to take the pace off the ball turned things around, Tony taking both the top batsmen among an excellent 5-47. Ray was unlucky to have Simon drop an easy catch as Cavs attempted a fight back so his figures didn't do justice to his efforts. Indeed once Ul-Haq was brilliantly caught on the run by Paul the Colchester innings collapsed in a heap with only Dom Thomas playing sensibly to ensure the full 45 overs were used.

A target of 259 was not beyond our grasp, we've done it before, but the wicket was starting to break up with the ball repeatedly going through the surface. Batting was tricky but to be fair to the Colchester bowlers they didn't give any free hits. Everyone chipped in but it wasn't until Jon W went in at #6 that we saw some clean hitting as he raced to 47 with everyone willing him to make his half-century he fell to the spin of Ul-Haq. Robbie was the only other batsmen to enjoy himself; Stuart in particular was unlucky to be bowled by an old-fashioned daisy-cutter.

By fighting to the end we managed to take 5 bowling points and 4 batting points, which represents a decent return from a match that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Missed Opportunities..

At around 9pm on Sunday the Cavaliers were handed only their third league defeat of the season this time at the hands of Colchester & East Essex 3rd's, the venue, Castle Park.

5 August 2009

Evening League Cup Final

Having won Division 2 of the Colchester Evening League at the first attempt Cavaliers were up against Division 1 winners Lloyds Bank in the Allan Barlow Memorial Cup played at Elmstead Grasshoppers ground.

Jon lost the toss and we were invited to bat first on a good looking wicket in a match reduced to 15 six ball overs due to the promise of fading light. Simon and Robbie continued their opening roles with a good first over but Robbie was clean bowled by the first ball of the second over. Simon and Danny progressed well with steady accumulation of singles and the occasional boundary against some accurate bowling on what turned out to be a relatively slow, low strip. A clean strike over mid-on for 6, followed by an edged 4 from Simon started the accelation but he was caught next ball. Danny now took over the attack including a massive slog-sweep six but good outfielding saved good shots from reaching the boundary. Rasa thrashed the ball around before falling victim to a well held catch and Jon R kept finding the fielders preventing a rush of runs at the end. Without being sure what constituted a good score we were relatively pleased with our 115-3.

The Lloyds reply started slowly and indeed the match may have turned on a couple of half chances to dismiss opener Goff before he got settled. With his eye in he took Darren for 22 in his second over to turn the tide towards the unbeated Lloyds outfit. Rotating his bowlers furiously skipper Jon was unable to stem the tide but as the overs progressed and a few wickets fell we found ourselves in with a long shot in the final overs. Deji took a wicket in the 13th over, then Tim bowled a wicket maiden in the 14th with the scores tied, leaving Danny (our maiden king) to try to prevent Lloyds scoring off the final over. Despite two dot balls Lloyds scored the winning runs with 3 balls to spare.

Despite the disappointment of losing the final everyone agreed that the Evening League has served its purpose of giving members an extra opportunity to bat or bowl, indeed we used 9 different bowlers in this game.

2 August 2009

Feering the Worst

With no league fixture in Div 5 the traditional 2nd XI morphed into the much vaunted Cavaliers Friendly XI ... subsequently falling to a heavy defeat away at Kelvedon & Feering.

Having overcome the now all too customary last minute availability issues hopes were high as the Cavaliers side took to the field with their full quota of eleven fielders!

Jason & Bernie took the new ball causing the young openers a few problems early on alas chances on this occasion were not taken with Jason failing to hold on to what was in truth a regulation return catch and neither Luke nor Dan able to snaffle an edge that bisected keeper and first slip much to Bernie's dismay. Credit however where credit is due as the home side's openers took full advantage and asserted themselves on the new ball pair ... given it was a friendly Luke came on first change to bowl his customary selection of straight(ish) ones, wide ones and really wide ones lulling Grissithe into edging one behind which unfortunately Dan was unable to hold on to. Rasa was introduced in place of Jason and bowled with his customary verve, passing the outside edge on numerous occasions but unable to make the breakthrough, both openers going on to make well deserved half centuries. It was with the introduction of messrs Walton & Bailey that things began to take a turn for the better with Rasa holding on to a good catch off Jon’s bowling to dismiss the very impressive Parsons (the youngster having made an elegant 62 in an opening stand of 149) and Kevin quickly dismissing the home sides’ no.3 for just 6. Thereafter wickets began to fall fairly regularly with the Cavs able to haul themselves back to a vaguely respectable position, Bernie’s 2nd spell particularly noteworthy as he collected a few more wickets to add to his seasons tally.... the home side eventually finishing up on 283-8 off their allotted 45 overs.(apologies for lack of specifics but the scorebook is not quite what it could have been...)

As is tradition when facing a large total the innings started poorly though conceded this was on this occasion in the face of some excellent fast bowling with Jon and Rasa falling in quick succession. At 6-2 Luke joined Paul in the middle and together the pair began to accumulate runs without ever being in contention with the required run rate. Fair to say that both batsman played a mix bag, scratching around at times against some excellent bowling but with the odd nice shot thrown in for good measure. Having taken the score on to 72-2 and in truth having seen off most of the better bowling Paul finally fell leg before for 35 and wickets fell steadily from then on, Pete getting a good one from the very impressive Coe “early doors” and Martin unfortunate to be run out. Luke was stumped having played across the line for 36 and the only real subsequent resistance came from Steve who made a quick fire 14 including a couple of nice boundaries.

Needless to say not a great day in terms of results but the match was played in a good yet competitive spirit. The young Kelvedon side were without question too strong for the Cavaliers but hopes of a rematch later this year against a slightly weaker Kelvedon side remain if only for the promise of another tea on real plates with mini hot-dogs...

1 August 2009

Race the Rain

Within two minutes of leaving the field with a valuable win over Clacton Ramblers the forecast rain arrived washing out many other games in the area.

With heavy rain forecast for later in the day Cavaliers were happy to win the toss and bowl first although Clacton were equally happy to have the chance to bat first, possible due to a depleted bowling attack. Clacton started strongly with James and Daniels taking the score to 40 with a combination of deft strokes to the short boundary and some lusty straight hits before Darren found the edge of James's bat and Simon took a low catch and bowled Daniels in his next over. With pressure building Darren and Stuart bowled their ten overs straight through before Robbie and Ray took over. Ray took the crucial wicket of Jeffrey who gave Stuart a catch chance, missed, and two balls later played exactly the same shot to be dismissed. After that the rot set in with only #3 batsmen Cooper holding onto his wicket for any time once Amir joined the attack with twelve overs to go. Bowling a perfect line and length from around the wicket the ball spun sharply with bounce to beat the outside edge time and again to give him the best ever five wicket haul for the club. Phil did the rest with three sharp stumpings. Six wickets had fallen in the final eight overs to prevent Clacton accelerating to a decent total.

After a solid start to our innings the only question was whether we could beat the rain. Simon and Darren started solidly and by the time Darren was (finally) caught in the gully Simon was well set and tucked into the fare served up by Daniels and Jeffrey with relish. Rasa played his customary attacking innings and together the pair reached the target of 141 inside 20 overs. No sooner had we reached the shelter of the hut when the heavens opened. At nearby Castle Park no further play was possible so we were fortunate to come away with all the points.