Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

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.