Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

29 June 2010

If only we had a Crystal Ball....!

It wasn't a game for the Cricketing purists but Cavaliers maintained their position as the top of the table with a 10 wicket win over bottom of the table Gt Totham. With minds distracted by the potential of another glorious world cup win, Totham opened to batting and their positive intentions were apparent. After some early boundaries Cavaliers manged to remove danger man Powell, as a sharp lifter from Ray Smith caught the advancing batsman out and Phil Wolski took a smart stumping. Regular Wickets and runs was the order of the day, with Ray and Darren Dellar collecting 3 wickets each, adding to already impressive wicket tallies this season. Tothams 10 men eventually mustered 125 due to sharp fielding, no catches dropped and Danny Skinner producing a splendid throw to Run Out one of the middle order batsmen.
The momentum was with us and the Cavaliers openers of Gilhooly and Rishworth continued their good form this season with an unbroken stand of 129, Gilhooly 67no and Rishworth 46no.
No game for the 1st team this weekend due to their cup exit but the second team have a great opportunity to return to winning ways as they visit Eight Ash Green.
Special mention to Martin Vinter who lead like a true captain and produced a superlative personal best of 115no. On a day when England once again depressed the masses this was undoubtedly the highlight. Congratulations!

27 June 2010

Vinter Heroics in Vain

The 2nd XI losing streak continued with a home defeat at the hands of North Springfield (PDQ Div 4) in a fixture brought forward to Noon and reduced to 40 overs-a-side so as to accommodate "Fat Frank and co." at 3pm.

20 June 2010

History Repeats - 2nd's Style

Per the First XI Sunday proved to be a case of history repeating itself alas for the 2nd XI it was a virtually identical performance to that against Chappel as they succumbed to consecutive 100+ run defeats - this time at the hands of Division 4's El Galaticos (aka Stebbing).

History Repeats

Cavaliers First XI repeated the victory over Ardleigh in the first match of the season with the game taking a very similar pattern. Once again Cavaliers batted well to compose a strong total of 237 although we were bowled out in the 44th over this time around and we then knocked the visitors over for 94. In the earlier game we made 230-3 with Ardleigh dismissed for 65 in return.

Phil W was unable to repeat his successful opening from last week but Simon & Danny laid the platform with a stand of 113; Danny going to make a majestic 91, Simon falling to Bob Barrel (again) for a scrappy 41. Robbie and JJ made very useful quick runs to secure the big total.

Robbie continued his form from last week opening the attack with an excelled spell without taking any scalps and was supported by Harish who took the valuable wicket of Joe Bland thanks to a remarkable catch by Danny in the covers. Ray replaced Harish and took advantage of the pressure coming from the other end as he bagged yet another 5 wicket haul deceiving the batsmen by appealing at random. Dan S and Dave mopped up the tail.

This match was also notable for being the first occasion for the club to use the new club house.

16 June 2010

Teams for 21st June

First XI vs Ardleigh (home) - meet Rugby Club 12:00pm

Simon (c), Phil (w), Danny S, Ray S, Harish Kumar, JJ , Dave H, Dan S, Robbie M, Darren D, Alex C

Second XI vs Stebbing (home) - meet Rugby Club 12:00pm

Martin V (c), Luke W, Alex W, Paul M, Dan Y (w), Tony M, Deji A, Rasa, Steve B, Peter J & Jon R

14 June 2010

Catches Win Matches

On an historic day for the club with the new Pavilion opening, the first team put in a performance to match the occasion. After a delayed start to proceedings, due to traffic problems the game was reduced to 40 overs, Cavaliers won the toss and elected to bowl first.
With only 10 men due to a communication mix up, it was more important the ever that the new ball was used to maximum potential and runs were not generously conceded.
Stand in skipper Stuart Johnson opening the bowling with Robbie Mitchell promoted to open the other end. The combination worked perfectly as the Purleigh batmen struggled with the in swing of Johnson and the out swing of Mitchell. The pressure finally paid off in the fifth over as Stuart produced a double wicket maiden to put the visitors in the mire. However fears of reoccurring injury came true and his spell had to come to an unfortunate end.
Mitchell continued bowling beautifully the other end and Dan Smith came into the fray. Wickets and runs we proving hard to come by but as soon as the Purleigh batmen started to find their straps, Darren Dellar managed to find the batman's top edge and Mitchell took a fine catch. Wickets then tumbled at regular intervals with Dave Howell, the new golden arm of the team, consistently getting the batman to play aerially and Mitchell snapped up a further 3 catches. Dellar returned at the end of the innings to wrap this up in the 38th over, Purleigh mustering an under par 152. This innings was also of note, as debutant Harish Kumar, took his first Cavaliers wicket and in the process, regularly bruising Wolski's palms, which always raises a smile with the onlooking fielders.
So after a lovely, kindly donated tea from Tony Mayhew, Cavaliers with 2 additional overs set about their task. The new opening partnership of Jack Kneeshaw and Phil Wolski has some promising early running, but as the bowlers start to find their lenghts, a small amount of scoreboard pressure was building. The rusty Kneeshaw was the first wicket to fall, bringing Danny Skinner to the crease. Boundaries were in short supply, but the score was ticking along and Wolski reminding us all that his a talented number 11. After he departed for a respectable 24, both opening bowlers were then bowled out, bringing on Purleighs second string attack. Danny now with his eye firmly in, started to score more frequently and a big individual score was once again on the cards. Alex Corcos help build a good partnership and the match was quickly swinging Cavaliers way. After the departure of Corcos, the fireworks started, Danny Skinner scoring 50 with a lovely four through extra cover, and Dan Smith happy to swing away at the other end. Soon victory was in sight after Skinner took apart the bowling with two imperious 6's in consecative balls and the win was achieved with 7 wickets in hand.
It was overall a very good performance against the team second in the table with 10 men.

Man of the Match Danny Skinner 92no

13 June 2010

Olonga day in the Field

On a momentous day off the field for the Cavaliers the 2nd XI were unable to produce anything of any quality on it as they fell to an abysmal 111 run defeat at the hands of Chappel & Wakes Colne 2nd's at the Rugby Club (PDQ Div 4).

8 June 2010

Cavaliers Drop the Cup

An accurate report has been posted to the PDQ website by Kevin Hewes of Mersea;

http://www.necl.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=227:west-mersea-v-cavaliers-league-cup-1s-round&catid=66:match-reports-knockout-cup&Itemid=65

The huge Mersea total was definitely helped by some generous fielding by the Cavaliers, with opener Rutter dropped several times on his way to 77 and the ground fielding poor although some allowance must be made for the poor outfield.

The bowling came under a degree of pressure that we're probably not used to facing in Division 2 but these games serve as a good learning experience. We can now concentrate on the league.

6 June 2010

Vinter curses the weather...

Heavy rain put an abrupt end to any hopes of three successive victories for the 2nd's in Div 4 as their home fixture against Eight Ash Green was abandoned.