Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

25 May 2010

Cavaliers continue winning streak

On the hottest day of the year so far, Cavaliers we are able to go about their business the way they know how, after winning the toss and option to bat first in the sweltering conditions the run rate start to tick over very quickly. Simon Gilhooly continuing from his hundred against Great Bentley last month was in fine fettle, punishing good and bad bowling to all corners and one particular over being brutally smashed for 4 fours. The batsmen at the other end were happy to farm Simon the strike and his 50 was soon on the board. However he was not finished, boundary after boundary followed by a massive 6 over long off, and three figures was for the taking once more. Eventually he fell for 117 after a smart piece of wicket keeping, but the lower order had a great platform of 150 with 13 over left and 8 wickets in hand. Jon Rawlings took up the mantle with a dynamic 36 not out to post an intimidating score of 235 for 5 of 45 Overs.
After a tiresome session in the field, Gosfield were out to make inroads into the Cavaliers total, but the innings was derailed before it even got going. Stuart Johnson taking 3 wickets in the first 3 overs, leaving the visitors staring down the barrel at 0-3. Ray Smith was at his immaculate best the other end frustrating batsmen and the scoreboard pressure starting to show, after the top edge dismissal of Dicker by Ray, wickets continued to fall. Debutant Dave Howell showing us his skills by taking 3 late order wickets. Once again the team bowling was economical with extras a rarity these days.
So 3 wins out of 3 and other sides losing around us has given early advantage to Cavaliers, but the season is long and the performances need to be maintained.
No PDQ games next week as Cavaliers are on Tour.

16 May 2010

Sound Victory

A terrific team effort saw the 2nd XI record back to back victories in Div 4 with a solid 40 run win away at Boxted.

Teams for 23rd May

First XI vs Gosfield - meet Rugby Club 12pm

Simon (c), Stuart, Phil (w), Danny, Jack, Justin, Ray, Jon R, Dave H, Rasa, Tony M

Top Clash with Boxted

With the match all set up for a great finish the rain arrived and ruined things. Boxted had started brightly with Rich Sexton smashing any straight deliveries over mid-wicket. A big total looked likely with a strong batting order but Cavaliers fought back taking wickets steadily and preventing any acceleration in the final 10 overs. Danny bowled brilliantly without luck and Tony tantilised the batsmen returning to his form of last season. A total of 182 all out was probably a disappointment for the visitors.

Peter J took a few blows opening the batting with Simon but his stumps were in less danger than his body and Cavaliers were 29 without loss in the 8th over when the rain arrived allowing everyone to disappear to the pub to watch England thrash the Aussies in the T20 final.

13 May 2010

Teams for 20th May

First XI vs Boxted - meet Rugby Club @ 12pm

Simon (c), Phil W (w), Danny, Justin, Stuart, Darren, Tony, Kevin B, Ray, Robbie, AN Other

Boxted vs Second XI - meet Rugby Club @ 12pm

Luke (c), Peter J, Alex, Dan S, Sean, Rasa, Dan Y (w), Dan M, Martin, Deji, Dale.

11 May 2010

Vision of the Future

The weather was foul; wet and cold but the Cavaliers were hungry for cricket after the mysterious cancellation by Tendring and the rained off Cup tie so with a positive forecast Phil, Robbie and Simon set about erecting Phil's tent to serve as makeshift pavilion. It was great to have both teams sharing a common home, something to look forward to when the new pavilion is complete.

The Bentley players seemed somewhat surprised at prospect of starting on time but were encouraged by winning the toss and asking Cavaliers to bat first. Jack and Simon opened up against the Fowler brothers determined to set a good platform and were pleasantly surprised that the bounce of the wicket was true and didn't pose too many problems. A slow first five overs was an acceptable price for holding wickets in hand and before long the runs started to flow. The curse of Jack's parents struck once again as he fell trying to drive a slow delivery shortly before his guests arrived but Danny and Simon set about attacking the change bowlers and the run rate was soon rattling along, Burbridge and Fowler Snr suffering the most. Simon clocked up his hundred well before the end but fell trying in vain to push the score along as the opening bowlers returned. Danny closed just short of a half-century having selflessly concentrated on feeding the strike to Simon. A total of 208 was well beyond expectations at the start of the innings.

The Bentley reply started with a family affair, Rod Fowler becoming Stuart's first victim bowled with a typical inswinger. The young Fowlers attempted to run the Cavaliers ragged but time and runs were on our side and it was not long before impatience got the better and both fell in quick succession. A flurry of wickets, mostly to Ray who ended with 5-25, was broken by a late rally but the result was never in much doubt.

9 May 2010

Off and Running

It would appear there have been some complaints about the length of the match reports so, for Tony Mayhew...the Second XI won. For those who want to know more please read on!

The Seconds began their home campaign with Abberton as the opponents. After a loss to Stebbing and a match lost to the poor weather a win was vital. Abberton came to Mill Road with a perfect record having beaten Kirby scoring 200+ in the process.

8 May 2010

No Cop Guv!

The Cavaliers midweek team started their campaign in the top flight with a defeat at the hands of Town Police. Town Police recording 134 with 3 convictions, whilst the new recruits mustered 107 for 8. Tony Mayhew was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, not surprising as he always was a mystery to the law and the highlights of the batting was Sean top 'score' of 30, Stuart with 28 and Jon Rawlings 23 (without a boundary, very strange).
All in all, a game played in the right spirit, with everybody getting to play a part.

6 May 2010

Teams for 9th May

First XI vs Great Bentley: meet rugby club @ 12pm

Simon (c), Phil (w), Stuart, Jack, Danny, Ray, Robbie, Darren, Justin, Tony, AN Other

Second XI vs Abberton III: meet at rugby club @ 12pm

Vinnie (c), Dan Y (w), Peter J, Paul M, Luke, Alex, Sean Cobb, Dan Smith, Deji, Dale, AN Other

Please arrive promptly to help set up for our first home games of the season.

2 May 2010

Bowl Out Victory

Robbie and Tony were successful in hitting the stumps as Cavaliers settled the traditional cup tie against Braintree College with a 2-0 bowl out victory. The poor weather ruled out any chance of a proper game and the busy fixture list gave little hope of organising an alternative date so, unsatisfactory though it may be, a bowl out was the only way to decide who progressed in the main cup competition and who went through to the plate.