Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

31 August 2010

Sunday 5th September

Second XI v Wormingford (A) - 12:30 start
Meet at Rugby Club 1130 hrs

Martin V (c), Luke W, Alex W, Alex C, Pete J, Paul M, Dan Y, Steve B, Dan Sm, Tony M, Stuart J

Please note the earlier Start time for all September fixtures

30 August 2010

Crucial Victory

Note to those concerned - we won ergo it's a long report - you have been warned.....
The Cavaliers' 2nd XI returned to winning ways in PDQ Div 4 with a vital 47 run "home" victory against relegation rivals Colchester & East Essex 3rd's.

27 August 2010

Ray to the Rescue

Ray Smith struck an excellent, unbeaten 54 to rescue the First XI in a  close fought encounter with Great Bentley. Together with Danny they put on close to a century partnership before Danny was controversially given out caught behind, leaving 20 runs to get and just 2 wickets in hand. With the last pair at the wicket Ray continue to play his shots and the approach paid dividends as a flurry of boundaries took us past the respectable Bentley total of 182.

Teams for 29th / 30th Aug

Sunday First XI @ Great Braxted & Tiptree - meet Marks Tey Food Hall 12pm

Simon (c), Stuart, Phil E, Tony M, Alex C, Darren, JJ, Robbie, Dan S, Phil W, Deji (reserve Steve Brett)

Monday First XI @ Colchester & EE - meet Castle Park 12:30pm

Simon, Stuart, Justin, Danny, Jack, Ray, JJ, Robbie, Dan S, Phil W + 1

Monday Second XI vs Colchester & EE (at Brantham) - meet rugby club 11:45am

Vinnie, Luke, Harish, Alex C, Jon R, Peter, Deji, Tony, Dan Y, Paul M, Steve B

15 August 2010

Truckin' On

The Cavaliers juggernaut trucked on one step closer to the target of winning Division 2 with another convincing 7 wicket win, this weeks victims being Tendring. The bowlers did the damage early on and kept up the pressure throughout the innings to limit the visitors to 103 all out and Danny played a solid innings to surpass the total with great assistance from Mr Wides.

Stuart bowled a very tidy spell of swing bowling taking his customary two top order wickets conceding just 6 runs from 7 overs. Robbie at the other end was also miserly but unlucky not to get past the batsman's defence or have the ball drop into the hands of a fielder. Danny and Ray kept up the pressure with Dan uprooting the stumps twice in consecutive deliveries and then trapping the stubborn Flood LBW in slightly bizarre circumstances with it being unclear what decision the umpire had given. The final bowling pair of Darren and Dave shared in the success with a two wickets each before JJ was thrown the ball in an effort to prize out the final wicket. After a great first delivery JJ tested out the middle of the wicket a few times before knocking back the middle stump.

With a modest target to chase Danny set out to anchor the innings punishing anything short of a length including an enormous six into Mill Road. Although Ben, Luke and JJ were unable to make the most of their chance Darren hung around to see us home in the 22nd over.

The season now enters the final phase with probably the toughest challenges ahead away at Bentley, Purleigh and Colchester but the team's playing well with everyone contributing and confidence high.

10 August 2010

Days that shook the World: Wolski's Diving Catch

The first XI increased their winning streak in Division 2 to 11 games (club record?) by avenging a sour defeat in the corresponding fixture last season. With our Spy well and truly deep in the Colchester and East Essex midst’s, it was known beforehand that out task was made considerably easier due to lack of availability from our opponents, sadly resulting in our second XI without a fixture.
Stuarts job as ‘Stand In Captain’ was made easier as he lost the toss and C & EE with no hesitation deciding to bat, bit of an ‘Ricky Ponting’ moment (re Edgbaston 2005). So in bowling friendly conditions Stuart and Robbie set about the Colchester and East Essex openers, to say the pitch was offering assistance would be an understatement but you still have to put it in the right areas and that’s exactly what these two seasoned Cavaliers did. After 7 overs, the scoreboard stood at 2-1. Robbie finishing his spell with impressive figure of 7-5-6-2.
His first victim is one that will live long in the memory, it was one of those moments when everybody stood still to take in what actually happened, then there was an massive eruption of euphoria and joy! It’s was a case on you had to be there but Wolski’s wicket keeping hit a new high with an amazing one handed diving catch to his right! Absolutely stunning stuff!
A small partnership then built for the visitors but the run rate was never out of control, all Cavaliers bowlers contributed with very economical figures, Darren bowling his most fluent spell of the season and narrowly missing out on a well deserved hat trick, and Harish and Ben (aka Bob Willis) also picking up an wicket each. Even a couple of run outs, courtesy of Harish and Petty Officer Jack Kneeshaw which helped our cause, but it’s has to be said that the fielding was occasionally brilliant, then depressing awful at times, something that will need to improve next season.
A target of 95 was never going to be a problem with the strength of batting we have, and newly promoted opener Harish (43*) and second XI skipper Vinter (29) put on 60 for the 1st wicket, and the total of 96 was accomplished in the 23rd over with Ben Moore hitting the winning runs.
With our nearest competitors in the league both losing the finishing line is coming closer.

9 August 2010

Saturday 14th August

Friendly XI v Dedham (Away)

Cancelled

Sunday 15th August

First XI v Tendring (Home)
Meet at Rugby Club 1200 hrs

Simon G (c), Justin R, Danny S, Ben M, Robbie M, Darren D,
Stuart J,
JJ, Ray S, Phil W, Dave H


1 August 2010

Tough Day at the Office

Another tough day at the office for the Cavaliers 2nd XI as they slumped to a 140 run defeat at the hands of Abberton & District 3rd XI.