Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

6 November 2014

Cavaliers AGM 2014

We will be holding the annual end of season awards and presentation night, along with the club AGM, on Friday 14th November, at Colchester Cricket Club in Castle Park, starting at 7:30pm.  We will be reviewing the season and looking at the good, the bad and the ugly performances from the campaign with plenty of prizes to be handed out, including the much coveted ‘Premier all rounder’ t-shirt, which hopefully won’t have been too soiled by Mr Corcos.

We will also hold the AGM, which gives everyone a chance to have their say (and vote) on the topics affecting the club, including the officers (inc captains).

As per the event last year, there will be free curry on the night and a well stocked bar, manned by our club record run-scorer Simon Gilhooly.

We hope you can all make it, so please put the date in your diary.  Please let our club captain, Phil Sadler, know your availability if you can, as it will help us get the right amount of food for the evening.

15 September 2014

Partnerships 2014

Highest partnerships for each wicket for 2014:

1st wicket - 71 (S Pillalamarri & F Murtaza vs Springfield, 15/06/14)
2nd wicket - 83 (E Parry & D Smith vs Springfield, 31/08/14)
3rd wicket - 58 (E Parry & S Gilhooly vs Maldon, 20/07/14)
4th wicket - 115 (E Parry & S Pillalamarri vs Copdock & OI, 21/04/14)
5th wicket - 68 (S Gilhooly & P Sadler vs Great Bentley, 18/05/14)
6th wicket - 52 (E Parry & JJ Elliston vs Halstead, 22/06/14)
7th wicket - 46 (E Parry & S Masood vs Halstead, 22/06/14)
8th wicket - 79* (E Parry & J Bardell vs Real Oddies, 18/05/14)
9th wicket - 45 (N Hussain & D Young vs Springfield, 08/06/14)
10th wicket - 8 (D Howell & D Young vs West Mersea, 17/08/14)

2014 Fielding Stats

See below for the stats relating to outfield catches & wicketkeeper dismissals across all games for the Cavaliers during the 2014 season.

D Young - 14 (9ct, 5st)
N Jalib - 6 (5ct, 1st)
JJ Elliston - 2 (2ct)
S Pillalamarri - 2 (2ct)
R Anandraj - 1 (1ct)

Outfield Catches:
8 - E Parry
7 - N Hussain, S Gilhooly
5 - D Dellar, K Hemstedt
4 - D Smith, J Bardell, P Sadler, S Masood
3 - D Myers, P Johnson, R Anandraj, S Pillalamarri, Z Ahmed
2 - C Finch, C Haines, D Howell, G Moncrieff, S Craiston, T Mayhew
1 - A Gupta, A Corcos, A Sarwar, H Kumar, JJ Elliston, J Rawlings, J Walton, J Robinson, K Jalib, K Jayasinghe,K Chalasani, M Vinter, N Thomas, S Johnson, T Craiston

Congratulations to all of you who held your catches!!

11 September 2014

Teams - Sunday 14th September

Both teams meet at Mill Road at 11.30am.

1st team - Halstead (A)
Phil S (c), Darren D, Dan Y, Dan S, JJ E, Noman H, Dave H, Alex C, Jon R, Raj A, Martin V

2nd team - Coggeshall 2nd XI (A)
Ed P (c), Sid P, Kelum J, Satish M, Tony M, Neville D, Craig F, Noman J, Zubair A, Nishal D, TBC

28 August 2014

Team - Sunday 31st August

1st team - Springfield (away). Meet at Mill Road, 11.45am

Ed P (c), Dan Y(wk), Dan S, Noman H, Dave H, Raj A, Noman J, Sid P, Alex C, Aayush G, Zubair A

21 August 2014

Teams for Sunday 24th August

Both teams meet at Mill Road, 11.50am.

1st team: Great Bentley (away)
Phil S (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Noman J, Noman H, Stu J, Raj A, Ed P, Aayush G, Dan S, TBC

2nd team: Chappel & Wakes Colne (away)
Sid P (c), Karl H, Satish N, Peter J, Tony M, Neville D, Kelum J, James B, TBC, TBC, TBC

14 August 2014

Teams - Sunday 17th August

Both teams - meet at Mill Road, 11.50am

1st team - West Mersea (away) CO5 8RS
Phil S (c), Dan Y (wk), Jon R, Ed P, Noman H, Noman J, Salman M, Aayush G, Dave H, Raj A, TBC

2nd team - Springfield (away) CM2 6AF

Sid P (c), JJ (wk), Craig F, James B, Kelum J, Karl H, Atif S, Zubair A, Tony M, Neville D, TBC

6 August 2014

Team - Sunday 10th August

High Easter (Home) - meet at 12pm at Mill Road to help set up

Phil S (c), Darren D, Dave H, Dan Y (wk), Aayush G, Sid P, Ed P, Noman H, Zubair A, Stu J, Raj A

31 July 2014

Team for Sunday 3rd August

Second Team vs Gt Horkesley & Lexden (Home) - Meet at the Rugby Club at 12:10pm
Ed (C), Craig F, Sid P, Aayush G, Karl H, Pete J, James Ba, Neville D, Noman J (WK), Kelum J, & Alex C

24 July 2014

Teams for Sunday 27th July

1st team - Little Bardfield Village (Home): 12pm meet at Mill Road

Phil S (c), Dan Y, Dan S, Martin V, JJ E, Raj A, Ed P, Dave H, Sid P, Aayush G, Noman J

2nd team - Real Oddies (Away): match cancelled as Oddies couldn't raise a side.

Cavaliers Revenge

Cavaliers downed their second big club of the season with a comprehensive 95 run victory over Maldon at Mill Road on Sunday.

With bad weather threatening the game was reduced to 35 overs before the start, just as we did over at Maldon a few weeks back; again the home side got first use of the strip. Ed (38) and Raj (17) got us off to another solid start before opening up with a flurry of drives, Raj "over the top" and Ed "all along the ground". Dan Smith (16) continued where Raj left off being aggresive from the start of his innings and once Simon (62) found his range against some variable spin bowling the runs came quickly. Extras once again were Cavaliers' friend with a contribution of 26 runs in a total of 178-6.

The Maldon reply start ominously from the Cavalier's perspective as the openers patiently waited for the lose delivery before springing into action although Stuart (6-0-17-0) bowled with control and Darren (5-0-30-1) was unlucky. However it was the switch to spin that turned the tide with Noman (7.3-3-15-3) and Dave (8-2-21-6) showing the Maldon spinners how to bowl on a turning wicket. After taking the big wickets the main concern was whether it would rain before the end and sure enough a heavy shower precipitated a flight from the pitch by the Maldon batsmen and a more reluctant retreat from the Cavaliers. Credit to the umpires as they got us back into action as quick as possible and the rain had quickened up the wicket sufficiently for Dave to claim his last two wickets with slip catches.

A fine all-round performance by the Cavaliers against a strong Maldon side, all catching chances were held and every player contributed to the win.

MVP: Dave Howell

17 July 2014

Teams for Sunday 20th July

1st team - Maldon (H)

Phil S (c), Simon G, Stu J, Noman H, Dan Y, Dan S, Ed P, Dave H, Martin V, Raj A, Darren D

2nd team - Copford II (H)
Sid P (c), Craig F, Noman J (wk), Tony M, Aayush G, Kelum J, Peter J, Salman M, Zubair A, Karl H, & TBC

Both sides meet at Mill Road 12pm to help set up. BBQ on, weather permitting.

10 July 2014

Teams - Sunday 13th July

1st XI - West Mersea (H):
Phil S (c), Simon G, Stu J, Justin R, Darren D, Dan S, Dan Y, Ed P, Martin V, JJ E, Dave H

2nd XI - Copdock & OI (H):
Sid P (c), Raj A, Peter J, Joel C, Karl H, Tony M, Kelum J, Dave M, Noman J, Aayush G, TBC

All meet at 12 to help set up.  BBQ from 3pm.

3 July 2014

Team for Sunday 6th July

Second Team vs Chappel & Wakes Colne (Home) - Meet at the Rugby Club at 12:10pm
Ed (C), Craig F, Sid P, Zubair A, Aayush G, Krishna C, Peter J, Dave M, Karl H, Raj A & Fowad M

27 June 2014

Historic Victory

Cavaliers recorded their first league victory over one of the local big boys by beating Halstead in a game that had more twist and turns than an Eastender's stortline.

Cavaliers elected to bat first with Ed and Raj continuing to lead the order. Raj (25) got us off to a quick start while Ed (40) anchored the innings. Morris then picked up 3 quick wickets to leave the Cavs struggling at 40-3. The middle order rebuilt batting around a solid Ed with Salman acelerating with a quickfire 30 and lots of extras along the way to give the Cavs a respectable total of 193 after 43 overs.

The Halstead reply started ominously as Morris and Johnson looked secure against Justin, struggling to tune his radar, and Dave H who didn't really enjoy bowling with the new ball. When Phil (3-39) replaced Dave the ball started to swing and batting was suddenly a challenging occupation. Justin got his run up right and with the pitch offering bounce the Halstead batsmen looked uncertain. Justin's ball to dismiss a very strong looking Verrynne was the champagne moment (swing away and cut back a mile) and he ended with the MVP performance of 5-33.

From 41 without loss the scoreboard now showed 78-8 as Josh Wells strode to the crease and immediately exploited the short leg side boundary off Phil. Darren was next to take some stick as an over went for 32 (leaving him with unique figures of 2 overs, 1 maiden, 32 runs, 0 wickets) and Salman followed at the same end conceding 21 from his solitary over. With victory in sight for the Halstead star Cavaliers turned to Dave who held his nerve to bowl a slower delivery that bounced and took the bails. The equation was now 20 runs required and 1 wicket in hand - all to play for! The Halstead tail nudged and nurdled 5 runs before Dave took the edge and Phil a fine catch to seal a confidence boosting win for the Cavaliers.

MVP: Justin Rishworth

25 June 2014

Team for Sunday 29th June - Maldon (away)

1st team, Maldon (CM9 4QT):

Phil S (c), Dan Y(wk), Dan S, Simon G, Stu J, Sid P, Alex C, Martin V, Raj A, Salman M, Aayush G.

Meet at Mill Rd 11.45am.

19 June 2014

Teams for Sunday 22nd June

1st XI: Halstead (H) - meet at Mill Rd 12pm
Phil S (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Simon G, Dave H, Justin R, Salman M, Dan S, Ed P, J Elliston, Raj A

2nd XI: Tendring (H) - meet at Mill Rd 12pm
Craig F (c), Sid P, Peter J, Kelum J, James B, Krishna C, Gregg M, Karl H, Tony M, TBC, TBC

12 June 2014

Teams for Sunday 15th June

1st XI - away at Little Bardfield Village (CM7 4TT) - meet at Marks Tey (opposite Food Factory) at 11.30am.

Phil S (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Dan S, Noman H, Simon G, Stu J, Raj A, Ed P, Roland P, TBC

2nd XI - home to Springfield 2nds - meet at Mill Road 12.10pm

Sid P (c), Noman J, Craig F, James B, Peter J, Dave M, Kelum J, Zubair A, Fowad M, Tony M, TBC

11 June 2014

Cavaliers at Elton

Cavaliers tour party at a (soggy) Elton.

Phil Sadler, Roy Paris, Peter Johnson, Alex Corcos, Ed Parry, Dan Young, Tony Mayhew, Krishna, Simon Gilhooly, Dave Howell and Stuart Johnson

8 June 2014

Missed Chances

The first XI were left to rue missed chances today against Springfield - A lack of runs, dropped catches and a missed stumping
Having won the toss, the first XI elected to bat. The openers, R Anandraj (20) & M Vinter (4) added 28 for the first wicket, but good partnerships were hard to come by as wickets regularly fell. By the end of the 28th over, the Cavaliers were 81/8 and struggling. N Hussain (30) & D Young (12*) then added 45 for the ninth wicket, to get the Cavaliers up to a competitive score. The innings ended with the Cavs scoring 128 all out after 43.1 overs.
The Springfield reply got off to a lucky start as dropped catches allowed them to add 46 for the first wicket - S Johnson (6-3-11-0) being particularly unfortunate, while J Rawlings (6-1-28-0) also bowled well. The introduction of N Hussain (10-3-19-2) and H Kumar (6.2-0-32-3) then helped the Cavaliers get back into the game as Springfield struggled to build partnerships. D Smith (6-2-22-2) continued to keep the pressure on the Springfield batsmen, but an unbeaten eighth wicket partnership of 47 saw Springfield win by 3 wickets

5 June 2014

Teams for Sunday 8th

First Team vs Springfiedl (Home) - Meet at the Rugby Club @ 12:15pm
Darren (C), Vinnie, Jon R, Raj A, Stuart, Dan S, Alex, Noman H, Harish, Dan Y (WK) & Tony

Second Team vs Copford (Away) - Meet at the Rugby Club by 12:10pm
Ed (C), JJ (WK), Zubair, Kelum, Karl, Sid, Craig, Peter J, James Ba, Atif & Ollie H

3 June 2014

PBUK Cavs Fall Short Again

The Property Book Cavaliers returned to CECL action tonight, playing Ardleigh away.

The Cavs fielded first on an extremely green wicket, and soon had Ardleigh at 21/2, with captain D Dellar (4-0-16-2) claiming a couple of cheap wickets. A good third wicket partnership of 53 got the opposition up to 74 before T Craiston (2-0-29-2) removed the dangerous pair of J Lyndon (48) and K Lamont. Regular wickets then fell, with J Rawlings (2-0-11-1) bowling well with Dellar at the close. There were also two runs outs as G Moncrieff and D Young combined to dismiss Hobbs, and N Hussain threw into Dellar to run out McKechnie. Ardleigh ended their 15 8-ball overs on126/7. The first innings also saw J Walton return to bowling, returning very respectable figures of 2-0-12-0 (with a six being hit off his last ball).

The Cavs reply got off to a bad start as S Gilhooly (4) was out early. With regular wickets falling, the Cavs struggled to get any decent partnerships going, with S Masood (19) and S Craiston (13) being the only batsmen to make doubles figures in the top order. With the required run rate increasing, G Moncrieff came to the crease with the Cavs struggling at 56/7... He then blasted three sixes on his way to a 13-ball 20, but it was not enough to stop prevent the PBUK Cavs losing by 38 runs. The Cavs ended up being all out for 88 after 14.6 overs.

29 May 2014

Halstead (A) - Sunday 1st June

Team for this Sunday. Meet at Mill Road at 11.45am.

Phil S (c), Dan Y (wk), Darren D, Stuart J, Noman H, Tony M, Dave H, Raj A, Justin R, Karl H, Sid P

Tour washout

Unfortunately, our tour this year to Derbyshire was a bit of a damp squib - we travelled up on Friday in the faint hope that we might get some cricket - unfortunately heavy rain meant we didn't get a single ball.  It did allow us to sample the many delights of Chesterfield and included the notable feat of converting Dan Young into an ale drinker - congratulations Dan!

We can only hope for better next year!

22 May 2014

PBUK Cavs Collapse

The Property Book Cavaliers played their second CECL match on Tuesday against the reigning champions, The Real Oddies.

The Cavs fielded first and restricted the Oddies to 163/4 from their 15 overs. D Dellar (0-12 from 2), N Hussain (0-11 from 2) and H Kumar (0-9 from 2) all bowled economically, with the successful bowlers being J Rawlings (1-33 from 3) and T Craiston (1-25 from 2). The other two wickets were run outs, with D Young collecting good throws from H Kumar and JJ Elliston for both wickets.

The Cavs reply brought back memories of the 2012 CECL Final against Boxted as a top order collapse saw the Cavs slump to 15/5 before D Dellar (5) and JJ Elliston (5) added 12 for the sixth wicket (the highest partnership of the innings), with JJ hitting the only boundary of the Cavs innings. With wickets continuing to fall, the Cavs were 37/9 after 8.2 overs, T Craiston (7 - the top scorer) and D Young (2*) got the Cavs up to 45 before Craiston jnr was bowled after 13.4 overs - Both batsmen enjoying some time in the middle... The Cavs slumping to a 118 run loss, G Knight claiming unbelievable figures of 4-1-12-6 for the Oddies!

Cavaliers break their duck

This week the Cavs 2s were forced to play their home game at Mile End and, in a strange twist, Real Oddies were the away side having moved base to the Garrison, and were returning to their old home before having played at their new. Oddies skipper Pete Pearson won the toss on the hottest day of the year and unsurprisingly chose to bat. It took first change bowler Zubair (10-2-34-1) to break the opening partnership swinging one in to trap Pearson lbw after James Bardell was again unlucky in his opening spell. After that, M Hall (85) played his shots and rode his luck whilst building frustrating partnerships with a number of Oddies which helped the away side build a reasonable score. Sid's best bowling (4 for 41) for the club, assisted by a smart slip catch by Karl, kept the Oddies in check but the lower order stuck around long enough to play out all the full 45 overs. Atif S (10-2-31-1) and Craig (2-0-6-1) took late wickets before James (10-2-34-1) clean bowled the last man with the final ball of the innings. All of which left the Cavaliers a reasonable target of 176 to win. 

The reply started with a bang as Raj (14) took 12 off the first over, but he perished trying to continue the assault against the ever accurate Pearson. Sid (18) and Ed (48*) then built a base against the opening bowlers, as it came apparent that both would bowl straight through. Unfortunately Sid chipped to cover in 19th over which meant new batsmen had to get themselves in before the attack on the change bowling could begin. Zubair (7), Pete (0) and Greg (0) all fell to the deceptively dangerous Bulger (10-2-24-3) whilst Karl (6) was run out. Kelum (8) batted nicely and was unfortunate to be stumped off the keeper's pads which left the 2s in all sorts of bother at 97-7 in the 34th over. The stage was set for a hero, and on walked James. Playing straight and running hard (two all run 4s!) he smashed 37* in just 28 balls to get Cavs over the line with an over to spare.

MoM James Bardell for the match turning innings.

16 May 2014

Property Book Cavaliers - Chapter 1

The mid-week Cavaliers team supported by local lettings agency Property Book travelled to our second home, West Mersea, for the first game of the year.

From bitter experience we know the Mersea big hitting batsmen well, most having made 100s against us in league and cup matches over the years. To be set a target of 164 wasn't the worst we might have expected although Mersea were lacking some strength in depth. A valient chase led by 80 from your correspondent gave the PBC a sniff but good bowling from Storrar was the main difference with PBC falling 19 short of their target.

15 May 2014

Teams for Sunday 18th

First Team vs Great Bentley (Home) - Meet at the Rugby Club @ 12noon
Phil S (C), Vinnie, Jack K, Simon, Stuart, Dan S, Darren, Noman H, Dave H, Dan Y (WK) & Tony

Second Team vs Real Oddies (Mile End - Home) - Meet at MILE END @ 11:30am
Ed (C), Raj A (WK), Zubair, Kelum, Karl, Gregg, Sid, Craig, Peter J, James Ba, & Atif

9 May 2014

Tour to Derbyshire - confirmed

Our tour to Derbyshire this month has been confirmed.  We will be heading up to Derbyshire on Friday 23rd May, and again staying at Holly House School.  Our fixtures at present are:

Fri 23rd: Chatsworth House (T20, 6pm)
Sat 24th: rest day
Sun 25th: Hathersage (40 overs a side, 2pm)
Mon 26th: Elton (40 overs a side, 2pm)

There are still spaces for the touring party if you would like to join in.  The cost is £85 and all tourers are requested to transfer their tour fee to the Cavs account as soon as possible.  Please contact Phil Sadler or Peter Johnson for further information.

1st XI: High Easter - away (11th May)

The team for this weekend: Phil S (c), Darren D, Dan Y(w), Simon G, Jon R, Noman H, Raj A, Martin V, Dan S, Sid P, Dave H.  11.30am meet at Rugby Club.

7 May 2014

Youth Triumphs Over Experience

The first home match of the season saw the second XI entertain a very young Coggeshall side - The oldest Coggeshall player was 22 whilst the youngest Cavalier was 25. As the Cavaliers strapped themselves into their knee and ankle braces, the Coggies were energetically warming up on the outfield which was perhaps an omen of what was to come.
Coggeshall skipper Tom Pickles won the toss and elected to bat. The pressure from a tight opening spell from Zubair (10-0-36-0) and Atif Sarwar, which saw one opener chip a catch to Karl, was relieved by a steady flow of byes, despite the best efforts of last minute stand in wicketkeeper Gregg to get behind the swinging ball. The game was beginning to get away from Cavaliers by the time Sid came on to try his mixture of spinners, and he was immediately rewarded with 2 wickets in as many balls. Unfortunately from there the fielding got worse, with any number of catches going down (Ed being a main offender!), which let Pickles continue serenely towards his second hundred in two innings, leaving Raj (6-0-42-0) and Sid's (10-0-50-2) figures unjustly bruised. Some late hitting was countered by the returning Atif (10-2-23-3) and wickets for David M (5-0-28-1) and Karl (2-0-26-1), but couldn't prevent Coggeshall posting a formidable 245 for 7.

Unusually the Cavalier response got off to an electric start, taking 44 from the first 4 overs with Raj taking out his frustration on the opening bowlers. However once the Coggies opener Egg (3-35) shortened his run, he regained some control and dismissed Ed (12), Sid (0) and Raj (41). It was then left to Zubair to anchor the innings with a well constructed 66. Unfortunately no-one could stay with him for very long with debutante Steve Bertie (0), Pete (5) and Kelum (0) all falling to a very tight spell from young Gibson (5-3-9-3), whilst Karl (9) & Gregg (11) played some lusty blows before joining Atif (1) as victims of the even younger McCabe (3-21). Zubair was last out with the total at 171 trying to reach the boundary that would have meant an extra batting point.

MoM Zubair for his excellent batting and miserly bowling.

Friendly Start for First XI

The first team enjoyed a warm up match against Chelmsford at Chelmer Park ahead of the first league match of the season.

It's been a while since Cavaliers played any friendlies and our inexperience meant the hosts had to rescue the situation and provide a match ball. The preliminaries were carried out in a friendly fashion and Cavaliers agreed to bat first in a 40 over match, slightly delayed as the Chelmsford keeper was late to arrive.

The first over was profitable as Simon dispatched over and under pitched balls to be boundary but the going was more sedate for the next 10 overs as the bowlers tuned their radar and Simon & Vinnie struggled with the slow pace of a soft, straw coloured wicket. Just as the opening pair started to accelerate Vinnie fell to a poor ball hit to extra-cover. The change bowlers, especially from the top end were regularly dispatched to the boundary as 80 runs were added for the second wicket putting the Cavaliers on a decent 100-ish off 20 overs. Captain Darren and Simon had a conference and decided to accelerate the scoring but this was Darren's downfall as he missed a pull. Young Ollie Hills was unlucky to time a flick to square leg. Debutant Salman took an immediate liking to the spinners dispatching them down the ground time and again to make 45 off 25 balls ensuring Cavaliers made a competitive score. Simon fell just short of his hundred and the inning closed at 221-9.

Tony Mayhew was not out for the 100th time since records began - an amazing achievement.

Stuart and Asif, on loan from C&EE, opened the bowling and it was immediately clear that Chelmsford were going to attack anything off line or length. Asif was very unlucky having found the edge of the stronger opener's bat only for Darren to shell the catch. With runs coming at an alarming rate Cavaliers turned to Noman and Ollie Hills who both made an impression by dismissing an opener each. Suddenly the game was back in our hands as tighter bowling restricted the scoring and the required rate got up towards 6 an over.

A good partnership led by the left handed #4 put that game back in Chelmsford's favour and thanks to some geriatric fielding and rusty bowling the game ran away from the Cavaliers, eventually going down by 5 wickets.

Man of the Match: Simon (92)

1 May 2014

Teams for Sunday 4th

First team Vs Chelmsford (away, Chelmer Park) - Meet at the Rugby Club @ 11:30am
Darren (C), Simon, Vinnie, Dan Y (WK), Noman, Stuart, Salman, Phil S, Ollie H, Asif I & Tony

Second team Vs Coggeshall (home) - Meet at the Rugby Club @ 12noon
Ed (C), Sid, Raj A, Pete, Zubair, Atif, Asif K, Karl, Dave M, Kelum and Gregg

27 April 2014

A Good Day for the Bowlers

The Cavaliers second XI played Great Horkesley & Lexden today at Spring Lane, losing by 32 runs.
After winning the toss & electing to field, the opening bowlers took full advantage of the swinging conditions to leave the opposition 25/4, with Z Ahmed (10-5-16-4) causing the damage. There were some good bowling performances from several other bowlers too - R Anandraj (6-2-17-0), S Pillalamarri (4-0-11-0) and D Myers (5-1-10-0) bowled economically. Wickets were also claimed by D Smith (7-0-20-1), C Finch (3-0-14-1) and K Hemstedt (5-1-10-2). The good bowling was offset by too many wides being bowled (although some of the umpiring was a tad harsh) as GT&L finished on 134/8 from their 45 overs - Extras being their top-scorer with 38 (32 wides).
Chasing 135 for victory, the Cavaliers top order collapsed to 16/5, with E Parry, D Smith, K Jayasinghe and G Moncrieff all departing for 0. S Pillalamarri (24) and Z Ahmed then set about rebuilding the innings, adding 42 runs for the sixth wicket. Another partnership of 38 between Z Ahmed (24) and K Hemstedt got the Cavs close to the 100-run mark before the last four wickets fell for just six runs, leaving Hemstedt stranded on 29* - The Cavaliers were all out for 102 in 29.2 overs.
The Cavaliers man of the match this week was Zubair Ahmed (4-16 with the ball and 24 with the bat)

24 April 2014

Team for Sunday 27th

Second team Vs Gt Horkesley & Lexden - Meet at the Rugby Club @ 12:10pm

Ed (C), Sid, Craig, Raj (WK), Zubair, Kelum, Atif, Karl, Greg, Dan Sm & David M

22 April 2014

Catches Win (or lose) Matches

You just know it's your day when you are dropped early in your innings and your luck's definitely in when you get another reprieve and then another ....... well it would be rude to score a ton having had so much luck so why not give it away with a rash shot on 99? Despite facing a strong Copdock side the Second XI could well have come away with a victory after some strong performances were it not for all those missed catches. Lack of practice? Cold hands? Poor light? All the excuses were to be heard in the bar after the game.

First game of the season and a lovely afternoon at Copdock. The wicket was about as hard as the A12 and Ed was forced to re-evaluate his plan to field first.

Unaccustomed to early season bounce and carry the Cavaliers top order was a bit shell shocked and at 14-3 somewhat in tatters but Ed was leading from the front and Sid looked in the mood. Both went on to make their top score for the club (60 and 51 respectively) in a stand of 120(ish). With a flurry of runs at the end this was enough to post a competitive score of 178 - although 200 would have been par given the conditions.

James Bardell bore the brunt of the poor catching seeing three go down as the Copdock openers set about anything short. Zubair also bowled a decent opening spell but when Sid replaced him at the Colchester end the first wicket fell.

Before long it was the rain falling and around the same time someone turned the lights out. Fielding became increasingly hard but bowling a bar of soap's no fun and the batsmen were also struggling to hit any decent bowling. With Dan Smith doing a remarkable job of bowling good lines and length wickets started to fall but runs were leaking away too quickly and despite taking a brilliant 5-for Copdock were over the line with 8 overs and 4 wickets in hand.

MoM Award: Dan Smith

Catches Win Matches...

The Cavaliers second XI started their 2014 season today with a four wicket loss against Copdock & OI.

Batting first, the Cavs were struggling at 14/3, with D Young (0), D Smith (1), & K Hemstedt (6) all departing early. At this point S Pillalamarri (51) joined captain E Parry (60), adding 115 for the fourth wicket - both players registering their best scores for the club (& Sid earning his cap in the process). Once the partnership was broken, wickets fell regularly as the Cavs tried to get quick runs, with S Gilhooly (27) & P Sadler (11*) making good cameos. The innings ended with the Cavs scoring 178/9.

The Copdock reply got off to a lucky start, with both openers benefiting from dropped catches (several chances were put down throughout the innings), with J Bardell (11-0-64-0) being particularly unlucky. The introduction of S Pillalamarri (3-1-31-1) finally ended Copdock's luck, having one of the openers caught behind off the first ball of his spell.

With runs becoming easy to come by, the captain turned to D Smith (9-2-19-5) who managed to claim the wicket of the dangerous D Searle (bowled for 99). Sadly, after a few tense overs, Copdock reached their target of 179 for the loss of 6 wickets after 37.1 overs.

The Cavaliers Man of the Match (as voted for by the team) was Dan Smith for his 5-wicket haul.

16 April 2014

Team for Monday 21st

Second team Vs Copdock & OI - Meet at the Rugby Club at 10:30am to do some preseason jobs at the ground. If you can't please be at the Rugby Club no later than 12noon.

Ed (C), Sid, Dan Y (wk), Dan Sm, Greg, Phil S, Simon, Zubair, Karl, James Ba & David M

2 April 2014

Cavaliers tour to Derbyshire: 23rd-26th May 2014

We have a number of players interested in joining the tour this year, but we are still a few short, so please let Peter Johnson (07860 258324) or I know if you are interested in coming.  

Its a weekend of relaxed cricket played at some fantastic grounds, and all the usual banter.  Its great value at around £80-85 for the weekend, including accommodation and breakfast, what’s not to like! If we don’t get numbers confirmed by the end of the month, we may unfortunately have to pull out of the tour.


7 February 2014

Cavaliers Tour Dates for 2014

Our tour will kick off on 23rd May 2014 with a T20 game at Chatsworth House.

We are currently talking to clubs about a fixture for Saturday as Sutton-on-the-Hill have confirmed that they have entered the Derbyshire League. The regular fixtures at Darley Dale and Elton will complete a great long weekend of cricket.

Anyone that's been on a Cavaliers tour will tell you what good fun it is plus we have the added incentive of defending the Paris Bails Trophy for the first time in many, many years. We would welcome a few new faces at the Cock & Magpie for the annual pool, killer and mixed grill eating contests.

Please let Peter Johnson know if you will be touring this year.

30 January 2014

Dates for your diaries

At last night's committee meeting, we agreed a few dates for events in the lead up to and during the coming season:

Fri, 7th Feb        Cavaliers team dinner, Mimosa
Sat, 5th Apr       Cavaliers club quiz night, Shrub End
Tue, 15th Apr    Club pre-season curry get together, Zaal (Queen St)
Sun, 22nd Jun  BBQ at Mill Road to co-incide with double-header home fixtures
Sat, 5th Jul        6-a-side competition at West Bergholt

Get those in your diaries now!

24 January 2014

League averages for 2013

The NECL have published the final league averages for the 2013 season.  Good representation from Cav players in the Division Two stats, unfortunately none in the Division Five reckonings.

Batting - Div 2 (7 completed innings minimum)

Phil Sadler (5th)          38.14
Jack Kneeshaw (9th) 26.78
Dan Smith (10th)        26.09

Bowling - Div 2 (70 overs minimum)

Stu Johnson (2nd)    14.63
Dave Howell (3rd)    14.67
Darren Dellar (4th)   15.87

Dave was the join highest wicket taker (21) along with Billy Hickman from Bocking.

Congratulations all round!

NECL 2013 averages

17 January 2014

Nets practice sessions

Cavaliers nets practice sessions at the Highwoods Sports Centre (Gilberd School) have been confirmed as follows, starting on Sunday 2nd February:
  • EVERY Sunday 11am - 12pm through to 6th April
Players old and new and of all abilities and fitness are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cavs Committee