Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

24 May 2011

Team Effort to Overcome Bardfield

A solid all round performance secured a much needed, confidence boosting victory over Little Bardfield. Having only beaten promotion partners Purleigh so far this season the First XI needed to gain a victory against an established Division 1 side. Only time will tell us whether we've encountered unusually strong sides so far or played poorly ourselves, but Bardfield looked vulnerable when they arrived late with only 9 players.

Late calls offs meant we were also one short until Robbie could join us after work so there was little doubt about batting first after winning the toss. Another solid start from Simon & Justin but just as we had the bowlers under pressure Simon chopped on hanging his bat out to dry. Danny followed soon after misjudging a drive in the air to cover. Justin was batting beautifully, occasionally troubled by bounce from the bowling of the Bardfield skipper, Hymas but also aggressive on anything wide. His turned out to be a match winning innings with support coming from Jack and Stuart in particular. Robbie and JJ came together at the end to boost the score with some fine running between the wickets and aggressive hitting.

Stuart took full advantage of the wind to clean bowl both openers and Jon kept things tight at the other but Bardfield counter attacked as Dave struggled to bowl into the wind. A swap of ends for Dave with some pace from Danny at the other end restored control as the required rate pushed up beyond 6 an over. Once Hymas was out bowled by Danny the game was effectively over as none of the remaining batsmen looked likely to score at such a high rate. This game an opportunity for Craig to have his first spell for Cavaliers and JJ to enjoy an over.

22 May 2011

Captain Fantastic

The Cavaliers 2nd's returned to form with a comfortable 77 run victory at home to Chappel.

19 May 2011

Lt Bardfield (h) & Chappel (h)

v Lt Bardfield (h) 1300hrs

Simon (c), Justin, Danny, TBC, Jack, Stuart, Craig, JJ, Phil (w), Dave & Amir

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v Chappel (h) 1300hrs

Martin (c), Luke (w), Alex W, Pete J, Tony M, Deji A, Steve B, Raj B, Jon R, Ray S & Asten

18 May 2011

Better but still no biscuit ....

For the first time this season Cavaliers First XI put up a decent fight against one of the established Division 1 sides but ended up snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against Great Bromley.

3 out of 3 and Top of the League

Cavaliers Evening XI (or X, IX, VIII dependent on timing) are riding high at the top of the Colchester Evening league having already beaten strong sides from W & G and West Mersea, and then cruising to victory against the Garrison.

10 May 2011

All Time Stats

I have added the First XI games from 2010 to the All Time Stats. I will endeavor to add the Second XI games as soon as possible.

8 May 2011

Vintage Asten Martin

The Cavaliers 2nd XI kicked off their 2011 Div 4 League campaign with an excellent victory at home to recently promoted Ipswich - themselves widely tipped for back to back promotions .
Vinnie breaking with tradition won the toss and asked the visitors to bat. New ball duties fell to Deji (7-1-26-1) and Steve (10-1-26-3) and though there were signs of rustiness both soon reverted to 2010 type bowling very tidy lines with good pace. With the score having progressed to 33-0 Steve collected the much coveted first wicket of the season thanks to Ed Parry (debut) holding onto something of a skier at midwicket - this would prove to be the first of his three catches on the day!

3 May 2011

Teams v Gt Bromley (h) & v Real Oddies (a)

v Gt Bromley (h) 1300hrs

Simon (c), Justin, Danny, Harish, Jack, Darren, Dan Sm, JJ, Phil (w), Dave & Amir

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v Real Oddies (a) 1300hrs

Martin (c), Luke, Alex W, Pete J, Tony M, Deji A, Steve B, Dan Y (w), Jon R, Ray S & Asten

Nice One Anthony!

After the unfortunate events which lead to the cancellation of Saturdays League Fixture, the Cup provided Cavaliers with a second win of the season, against the opponent to which the first win came. Losing the toss, Cavaliers were asked to bat first. Simon and Vinnie opened the batting, with Vinnie's ears still ringing from his blown exhaust. However this was Vinnie highpoint of the day as the opening stand exceeded 100 in 25 overs. As the remaining Cavaliers were making the bets of whom was to score 50 first, the book was close as Simon has the strike on 49 and a 8 runs advantage over MV. Whether we put the mockers on him I'm not sure, but he was out next ball! Sorry mate! Dan Skinner was next man in, and while Raj and Amir were ordering their final course at a local curry house, the score was moving upwards. After not receiving much of the strike, Vinnie eventually reached his fifty. Wickets then started to tumble at one end while Dan Skinner was finding his first form of the season, ending his innings with a 50. A total of 193 was reached, but after such a great platform a higher score should have been achieved.
Cavaliers then set about stopping Purleigh reaching their target, and all was going to plan after 5 overs, Purleigh were 5-3 with Stuart with 2 victims and Amir 1, but dangerman Freegaurd was still in. Freegaurd starting finding his form hitting boundarys regularly, but could he find a partner to stay with him. The answer was "yes" for a long time as the score move up to 100. Little did Purleigh know we were holding back our top trump. Age 60+, Bowl Type Slow, Deception Rating 1, Experience Rating 100, Tony Mayhew showed all his class in an 10 over spell that perplexed the opposition and achieving a well deserve 5 scalps, putting Cavaliers in a strong position. Enough of the Tony love, Dan Smith then removed dangerman Freegaurd, with a beauty that spun past his bat, leaving Wolski a forward stumping chance. With still 30 runs needed and a wicket to take, Purleigh lead a fightback, narrowing the gap to 7 runs, til the tail ender toe ended a Skinner delivery to Mid off where Dan Smith took the winning catch.
A good game, a good win and a home tie next round.