Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

2 October 2015

Cavaliers AGM & Awards Night

As you may be aware, we are holding our Annual General Meeting on Friday 6th November in the Colchester & EE pavilion, Castle Park. This meeting is your chance to have your say and vote on the topics which will affect you and the cricket club over the next year. We also have some positions available on the commitee for the 2016 season - If you have an interest in any of the roles or have an item for the agenda, please let Dan Y know. As with last year, food (curries, rice, etc) will be provided - If you can let Dan know if you plan to attend it will help us plan and organise the amount of food needed. Please arrive at the pavilion at 7:30pm ready for an 8pm start.

Once the AGM has been completed we will then move onto the awards ceremony with several awards up for grabs, including the much-coveted Player of the Year award, and the less-coveted Most Ducks of 2015 award. This year, we are asking for members to vote for their choice for the Player of the Year award - The player with the most votes, wins!! All members can vote (although not for themselves!) either by email, text or in person at the AGM - please let Dan Y know who your Player of the Year is, and he'll compile them ready for the awards ceremony.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

20 September 2015

2015 Partnerships

Highest partnerships for each wicket in 2015:

1st wicket - 201 (D Dellar & S Pillalamarri vs West Mersea, 05/09/15)
2nd wicket - 125 (F Murtaza & N Jalib vs Eight Ash Green, 30/05/15)
3rd wicket - 116 (N Jalib & F Murtaza vs Kelvedon & Feering, 25/04/15)
4th wicket - 48* (F Murtaza & Z Ahmed vs Kelvedon & Feering, 25/04/15)
5th wicket - 55 (D Smith & J Walton vs Clacton, 28/06/15)
6th wicket - 79* (JJ Elliston & Z Ahmed vs West Mersea, 20/06/15)
7th wicket - 74 (D Smith & J Bardell vs Little Bardfield Village, 12/04/15)
8th wicket - 73 (P Johnson & K Hemstedt vs Witham, 22/08/15)
9th wicket - 46 (P Winslow & P Kalra vs Coggeshall, 18/07/15)
10th wicket - 25* (N Davidson & D Young vs Copford, 18/04/15)

Special mentions also go to the 6th wicket partnership of 79 between P Sadler & E Parry at Ardleigh (23/08/15) as well as the 10th wicket partnership of 25 between D Young & T Mayhew at Elton (25/05/15) - Both narrowly missed the list by virtue of being broken partnerships.

Plenty of good batting this year, with a few fifty and hundred partnerships not mentioned in the list above - Let's have more of the same next year!

2015 Fielding Stats

See below for the stats relating to outfield catches and wicketkeeper dismissals across all games for the Cavaliers during the 2015 season.

Wicketkeepers:
D Young - 50 (33ct, 17st)
N Jalib - 2 (2st)
S Pillalamarri - 2 (2ct)
JJ Elliston - 1 (1st)

Outfield Catches:
11 - D Dellar
10 - S Pillalamarri
9 - N Hussain
7 - N Davidson
5 - J Bardell, P Johnson, P Kalra, P Trivedi
4 - JJ Elliston, E Parry, A Sarwar, D Smith, J Walton
3 - A Corcos, J Corcos, K Hemstedt, M Wall
2 - Z Ahmed, E Goodall, N Jalib, K Jayasinghe, J Lawson, T Mayhew, F Murtaza
1 - P Fenton, C Finch, C Haines, M Rackowe, P Winslow

Congratulations to all of you who held your catches!!

Cavs End on a High

The Sunday XI played the last Cavaliers match of 2015 against Great Braxted & Tiptree today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first on a damp pitch. The GBT openers started well, seeing off spells from J Bardell and N Davidson, with Bardell (9-0-29-0) being particularly unlucky. With the opening batsmen adding 77 for the first wicket (in 19.5 overs), it took a great catch by D Smith off the bowling of N Hussain to dismiss the dangerous S Hummerstone (40). With Hussain then running out the other opener, A Cookson (39), via a direct hit the Cavaliers began to take regular wickets as D Smith (9-0-36-1) and N Hussain (9-3-23-2) struck. With GBT 134/4 after 35 overs, the Cavs took 5-8 in the last 5 overs as the returning N Davidson (8-0-33-1), P Trivedi (3-1-11-2) and T Mayhew (2-1-9-1) claimed wickets - The fifth wicket coming via a run-out by P Johnson/D Young. GBT finished their 40 overs with 142/9 - With the last two overs of the innings being maidens!

The Cavaliers reply got off to a solid start as openers E Parry and S Pillalamarri added 44 for the first wicket with all the GBT bowlers opting to bowl spin. With Pillalamarri (29) out via a good catch by R Hill, D Smith joined Parry in the middle and scored a quick-fire 20 before being bowled by one of GBT's youngsters. Another wicket followed soon after with P Sadler (10) out via a top edge, but a fourth wicket stand of 35 between Parry and P Trivedi steadied any nerves amongst the Cavaliers. A double-wicket maiden then saw the Cavs slip from 118/3 to 118/5 as Trivedi (21) and J Bardell (0) were both dismissed, but an unbeaten partnership of 26 between Parry (35*) and N Hussain (18*) saw the Cavs win by 5 wickets, scoring 144/5 in 33.1 overs.

17 September 2015

Team - Sunday 20th September


Sunday XI - Gt Braxted & Tiptree (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or let Ed know if going direct (CM8 3EJ).
Ed P (c), Dan S, Dan Y, Pratik, Phil S, Pete J, Neville D, Noman H, Tony M, James B & Sid P

PLEASE NOTE - MATCH STARTS AT 12:30PM (all matches in September have the earlier start time of 12:30pm)

13 September 2015

Halstead Claim League Title

The Saturday XI played Halstead yesterday in the last Two Counties match of the season.

The Cavaliers batted first by agreement, and got off to a good start through openers N Jalib and D Dellar (10) who added 27 for the first wicket. A second wicket partnership between Jalib and F Murtaza saw the Cavs up to 55/1 before our customary collapse saw the wickets of Murtaza (18), A Corcos (2), Z Ahmed (0), Jalib (29), K Hemstedt (4) and P Johnson (2) as the Cavaliers slipped to 70/7. The lower order then played some pleasing shots, with eighth and ninth wicket partnerships of 26 and 35 helping the score up to 131, with A Sarwar (25), N Davidson (17) and P Kalra (18) all impressing. With Kalra the last man out, with D Young 0*, the Cavaliers were 136 all out after 40.1 overs.

The Cavs got poff to a good start in the second innings too, with A Sarwar (8-2-14-1) and P Kalra (6-3-8-0) both bowling tight spells. Halstead then recovered through a second wicket partnership between M Surridge and F Statham, who saw off spells from N Davidson (6-0-20-0), K Hemstedt (3-0-21-0) and six overs of pace from Z Ahmed. In a bid to make something happen (and to compensate for the lack of a spinner), the captain turned to A Corcos (3-0-32-0) and Z Ahmed changed to bowling leg-spin. Thanks to a leg-side catch from D Young, Ahmed claimed the wicket of Statham (32) - That catch took Young to 50 dismissals for 2015, and also drew him level with the club record of 27 in a single league season. The skipper then continued to rotate his attack, with F Murtaza (2-0-5-1) claiming the wicket of Surridge (65) via a sharp catch by A Corcos, but with only 5 needed to win it was too late. The winning runs were hit off N Jalib (0.4-0-4-0), and Halstead had 140/3 in 37.4 overs, meaning they end the season as Champions, and are promoted to Division 7.

10 September 2015

Teams - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September

Saturday XI - Halstead (A) - meet at Mill Road at 11:15am or let Darren know if going direct (CO9 2RP).
Darren D (c), Noman J, Dan Y, Karl H, Puneet K, Fowad M, Pete J, Zubair A, Atif S, Alex C, & Neville D

Sunday XI - Chappel & Wakes Colne (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or let Ed know if going direct (CO6 2BE).
Ed P (c), Sid P, Phil S, Vinnie, Craig F, Neville D, Jon R, Tony M, Pratik T, Noman H & TBC

PLEASE NOTE - BOTH MATCHES START AT 12:30PM (all matches in September have the earlier start time of 12:30pm)

6 September 2015

Noman Breaks Record

The Cavaliers Sunday XI travelled to Harwich & Dovercourt today.

Having lost the toss the Cavs were asked to bat first, and openers D Smith and N Jalib added 29 for the first wicket in 10 overs before Jalib (8) was trapped LBW. With Smith (12) dismissed in the next over, it fell to P Trivedi and P Sadler to steady the innings with a third wicket partnership of 47 to get the Cavs up to 80/2 before Trivedi (20) was out. The Cavaliers then slipped to 98/5 with E Parry (1) and Sadler (29) both bowled, but an attacking sixth wicket stand of 31 between P Kalra (14) and N Hussain, followed by Hussain adding 27 more with N Davidson (13) saw the Cavs pass 150 before Davidson was out with one over of the innings remaining. It was then left to Hussain (22*) and D Young (5*) to see the Cavaliers up to their final total of 166/7 from their 40 overs.

The Harwich reply started well as their openers saw off spells from N Davidson (3-0-27-0), P Kalra (7-1-38-0) and D Smith (4-0-26-0) on their way to adding 108 for the first wicket. With N Hussain also taking some punishment he eventually had the last laugh, dismissing Abbas for 47 - That wicket taking Hussain past 61 wickets for the year, a new club record! With Hussain continuing as T Mayhew (4-0-23-0) bowled at the other end, the Cavs earned a second wicket through Hussain (8-1-44-2), but an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 41 between Raza (70*) and Barwood (32*) saw the Div 3 champions reach their target after 26.3 overs, with the winning runs coming off the bowling of C Finch (0.3-0-8-0) to condemn the Cavaliers to an eight wicket loss.

5 September 2015

Dellar & Hemstedt Milestones Lead To Big Win

The Cavaliers Saturday XI travelled to West Mersea today.

Having won the toss the Cavaliers elected to bat first, with openers D Dellar and S Pillalamarri giving the team an excellent start as the Cavs eased to 97/0 at the drinks break (22 overs). The opening pair then accelerated as they added 201 for the first wicket (the highest stand of 2015 for any wicket) before the captain, S Pillalamarri, was caught for 81 (from 88 balls) in the 36th over. With M Vinter middling the ball straight away, the score kept rising as Dellar reached his maiden Cavaliers century from 136 balls (13x4, 0x6). The innings ended with Vinter (39 from 33 balls) caught in the deep off the last ball as the Cavaliers posted 275/2 from their 45 overs, with Dellar unbeaten on 116* - The second wicket pair adding a quick 74! A special mention should also go to F Murtaza who had to endure being padded up for the entire 45 overs #padrash

The Cavs defence of their total started well as N Davidson struck in the first over, while P Kalra kept things tight at the other end. The opening bowlers continued to bowl with pace and swing to remove the West Mersea top order, with Davidson (7-0-32-3) and Kalra (7-1-30-2) both returning good final figures. The introduction of K Hemstedt then had Mersea rattled as he claimed a wicket in each of his first three overs. With N Hussain (5-1-8-0) bowling economically, Hemstedt took full advantage of the pressure to end his spell well (his last three wickets came at the cost of no runs from 23 balls) as he earned his club cap via a maiden 5-fer, ending with figures of 6-3-10-5. The Cavaliers dismissed Mersea for just 83 runs to claim a 192 run win.

3 September 2015

Teams - Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September

Saturday XI - West Mersea (A) - meet at Mill Road at 11:30am or let Sid know if going direct (CO5 8RF).
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y, Noman H, Karl H, Puneet K, Fowad M, Vinnie, Greg M, Pratik T and TBC

Sunday XI - Harwich & Dovercourt (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or let Ed know if going direct (CO12 3TT).
Ed P (C), Dan S, Phil S, Dan Y, Tony M, Neville D, Noman J, Craig F, Pratik T, TBC and TBC

PLEASE NOTE - BOTH MATCHES START AT 12:30PM (all matches in September have the earlier start time of 12:30pm)

27 August 2015

Team - Saturday 29th August

Saturday XI - Boxted (A) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm or let Sid know if going direct (CO4 5RE)
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Karl H, JJ, Pratik T, Noman H, Neville D, Puneet K, TBC and TBC

23 August 2015

Rain Doesn't Stop Ardleigh

The Sunday XI travelled to Ardleigh today, and elected to bat first upon winning the toss.
The Cavaliers innings didn't get off to the best start, as openers D Smith (4) and S Pillalamarri (1) dismissed early on. With N Jalib (5) and P Johnson (0) following soon after, the Cavs were 10/4 after just 4 overs. A fifth wicket partnership of 39 between P Sadler and J Walton then helped the Cavs recover before the wicket of Walton (18) brought E Parry to the crease, who proceeded to add 79 for the sixth wicket with Sadler. The return of Sadler was a welcome sight for the Cavaliers as he reached a 58 ball fifty before eventually being dismissed for a very good 70, despite the distraction of two rain delays and an early tea. With the Cavs 128/6 with 5 overs left P Trivedi (1), N Davidson (3) and D Young (4) were all out in the pursuit of quick runs. A reverse sweep from last man T Mayhew (1*) then got Parry (32*) on strike as the Cavaliers ended their innings on 149/9.
Ardleigh got off to a good start in the second innings as the openers saw off the opening spells of N Davidson and J Walton (9-1-31-0) on their way to a first wicket partnership of 86 before T Mayhew (6-0-29-1) bowled T Harvey (51). With Mayhew and D Smith (9-2-21-0) bowling well in tandem without further reward, Ardleigh edged towards their target, with K Lamont (67*) leading the way. A couple of late wickets from S Pillalamarri (5-0-31-1) and the returning Davidson (9-0-29-1) gave the Cavaliers hope, but Ardleigh reached their target, scoring 151/3, to win by 7 wickets with two overs remaining.

22 August 2015

High Scoring Game at Witham

The Cavaliers Saturday XI played at Witham today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first with opening bowlers K Hemstedt (5-1-24-0) and M Wall (4-0-30-0) finding some swing, but the Witham openers found the boundary regularly. Change bowlers Z Ahmed and N Hussain then helped to reduce the run rate before the introduction of S Pillalamarri reaped dividends as he broke the opening stand of 101. Pillalamarri continued to chip away at the Witham batting line up despite some attacking shots, as N Hussian (13-1-67-0) continued at the other end. Captain Pillalamarri went on to complete his maiden 5-fer for the Cavaliers, ending with figures of 12-0-62-5, as the returning Z Ahmed (11-2-36-1) also claimed a wicket via a very well judged catch by Hussain on the midwicket boundary. With Young and Pillalamarri combining to effect a run out on the last ball of the innings, Witham ended their 45 overs on 230/7.

The Cavs reply didn't get off to the best of starts, with P Trevedi (0) departing in the second over but a second wicket partnership of 59 between D Dellar and S Pillalamarri got the Cavaliers up to 65/1 before Dellar (34) and Pillalamarri (24) were dismissed just before the first drinks break of the innings. Regular wickets then pegged the Cavaliers back as S Annaldas (0), Z Ahmed (13) and M Rasheed (6) were all dismissed. A partnership of 22 between N Hussain and P Johnson then saw the Cavs pass 100 before the run out of Hussain (22) saw the Cavs slip to 119/7 after 26.4 overs. With the Cavs under pressure, P Johnson and K Hemstedt the unfurled some attacking strokes in an eighth wicket partnership of 73 before Hemstedt (36) was dismissed. Johnson and M Wall (8) then saw the Cavs past 200 to guarantee full batting points, but the last wicket pair of Johnson and Young (3*) were unable to see the Cavs home as Johnson (30) was dismissed with the Cavs finishing on 212 all out, losing by 18 runs with 9 balls remaining.

21 August 2015

Stats Database & Landmarks

The Cavaliers stats database has now been updated, with all the 2015 scorecards and statistics now added - Thank you for your patience this year while we moved the database and updated the site!

With the stats database not available until now we missed some landmarks, so congratulations to the following players...

Batting:
Jon Rawlings passed 2,500 runs for the Cavs this year.
Darren Dellar and Dan Smith both passed 1,500 runs.
Ed Parry passed 1,000 runs
Sid Pillalamarri, Zubair Ahmed and Noman Jalib all passed 500 runs, and now appear on the Cavaliers all time batting list.

Bowling:
Noman H passed 50 wickets for the club, and is fast approaching the 100 mark (as is Dan Smith)

20 August 2015

Teams - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd August

Saturday XI - Witham (A) - meet at Mill Road at 12noon or let Sid know if going direct (CM8 1HN).
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y, Pete J, Noman J, Noman H, Karl H, Pratik T, Michael W, Muhammed Arif R and Zubair A

Sunday XI - Ardleigh (A) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm or let Ed know if going direct (CO7 7RS).
Ed P (C), Dan S, Phil S, Dan Y, Sid P, Tony M, Jon W, Neville D, Peter J, TBC, and TBC

15 August 2015

Eight Ash Tail Wags

The Saturday XI travelled to Eight Ash Green today, and fielded first upon winning the toss.

The Cavaliers got off to a great start, with opening bowlers A Sarwar and Z Ahmed bowling good lines and lengths to reduce EAG to 31/5 in 10.3 overs. The Green then recovered through a sixth wicket partnership of 30 before M Wall (6-0-41-1) and F Murtaza claimed wickets in successive overs to leave EAG on 63/7. With Murtaza (6-1-18-2) claiming a second wicket four overs later, the Cavs were feeling confident having reduced their opponents to 82/8... What happened next was quite incredible, as the ninth wicket pair set about attacking the bowlers, with S Pillalamarri (7-1-50-0) and the returning openers, A Sarwar (11-2-47-3) and Z Ahmed (15-2-73-2), taking some punishment. Eight Ash ended their 45 overs on 232/8 as the ninth wicket pair of O Stovell (134*) and D Purser (39*) added an unbeaten 150 runs!!

With 233 required, the Cavs needed a good start, but the early wicket of F Murtaza (2) was not an ideal way to begin. A second wicket partnership of 50 between D Dellar and N Jalib helped the Cavs recover to 62/1, but the wickets of Dellar (43), Jalib (24) and S Pillalamarri (2) saw the score slip to 82/4. An attacking fifth wicket partnership of 42 between Z Ahmed and M Rasheed (10), followed by partnership of 17 between Ahmed (who reached a 48 ball 50) and P Johnson saw the Cavs up to 141/5, but with the required run rate approaching almost 10 an over the pressure told as Ahmed (51) and Johnson (3) were dismissed. With A Sarwar (5) out soon after, it was left to M Wall (5) and D Young (0*) to see the Cavs pass 150 (and a third batting point) before C Finch (0*) survived the last four balls to deny EAG maximum points. Finch also denied EAG bowler W Spicer (7-0-38-4) a five wicket haul as the Cavs finished their 45 overs on 157/9, losing by 75 runs.

13 August 2015

Team - Saturday 15th August

Saturday XI - Eight Ash Green (A) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm or let Sid know if going direct (CO6 3QE)
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Pete J, Noman J, Puneet K, Zubair A, Michael W, Fowad M, Atif S and TBC

9 August 2015

Cavs Claim Second Sunday Win

The Sunday XI played 9-man Clacton today at Mill Road.

With the Cavaliers batting first by agreement, openers S Pillalamarri and P Trevedi added 36 for the first wicket before Pillalamarri (20) was bowled by a good delivery. With Trevedi (14) following soon afterwards, the Cavs then set about adding small partnerships as B Mager (8), D Smith (18) and J Walton (6) all contributing as the Cavs reached 102/5, with J Lee (9-1-45-5) claiming all the wickets to fall. With Z Ahmed batting well, the other batsmen continued to get starts without going on, as P Johnson (6) and T Goodall (8) both fell to A Young (9-0-29-2). An enterprising eighth wicket partnership of 36 between Ahmed and J Rawlings (13) got the Cavs to 166/7 before Rawlings was dismissed. With P Kalra (0) stumped first ball, it was left to Ahmed (48*) and D Young (6) to get the Cavaliers up to their final total of 181 all out in 37.4 overs, with extras contributing 34 to the total.

The Cavs defence of their total got off to a good start as J Rawlings claimed an early wicket to leave Clacton 1/1 from 3 overs. A second wicket partnership of 37 helped Clacton recover, but Rawlings (7-2-38-2) dismissed the dangerous D Smith (32 from 28 balls), with D Young claiming his second catch of the day. With the other opening bowler P Kalra (9-4-21-0) keeping things tight, captain D Smith took advantage of the pressure to take two wickets in two balls (and beating the edge with the hat-trick ball) on his way to figures of 5-1-20-2, including a catch by Z Ahmed. It was then man of the moment, Ahmed, who took the next two wickets while bowling beautifully, ending with figures of 7-4-10-2. With just two wickets required for the win, J Walton (5-0-22-2) took them both in his last over, with Young claiming the winning catch as Clacton were all out for 112 in 33 overs as the Cavaliers won by 69 runs.

6 August 2015

Team - Sunday 9th August

Sunday XI - Clacton (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Puneet K, Jon W, Pratik T, Sid P, Peter J, Jon R, Thom G, Neville D, and Zubair A

4 August 2015

Disappointing End to the (Midweek) Season

The Property Book Cavaliers played Ardleigh in the CECL semi final tonight.
The Cavaliers got off to a good start, taking a wicket with the second ball of the innings through the bowling of J Rawlings. With N Davidson (2-0-26-1) taking a wicket in the next over the Cavs were making good progress, especially when Rawlings (4-0-24-2) claimed another wicket shortly afterwards. The Cavs then turned to J Walton (3-0-19-0) who bowled well while N Hussain (4-0-26-2) attacked, taking two wickets via stumpings by D Young. With J Lawson (2-0-8-1) keeping things tight at the end, Ardleigh were restricted to 109/6 from their 15 overs.

The Cavs added 14 for the first wicket before opener J Corcos (0) was bowled, but his dismissal brought captain D Dellar to the crease. Continuing his form from Saturday, Dellar added 47 for the second wicket with N Jalib (27) before the latter was stumped to leave the Cavaliers on 61/2 at the halfway point. with N Davidson (4) and Dellar (38) dismissed in quick succession (Dellar out via an juggling catch), the Cavs then started losing wickets regularly as M Rackowe (run out for 8), J Walton (11) and J Rawlings (very well caught for 0) were all out to see the score go from 89/4 to 92/7. The combination of N Hussain and J Lawson then saw the Cavs pass 100, reaching 102/7 with three balls of the innings remaining. The dismissal of Lawson (7) then saw T Goodall (0) out first ball as he aimed for a much needed boundary, followed by D Young (0) out first ball while trying to hit a last-ball six to tie the scores. With M Hobb (4-0-17-4) ending the innings with a hat-trick, N Hussain was stranded on 3* as the Cavaliers posted 102 all out from their 15 overs (including two 7-ball overs for the second time this year!), losing by 6 runs.

Team - Tuesday 4th August

Tuesday XI - Ardleigh (A) - meet at Mill Road at 5:15pm or at Ardleigh (CO7 7RS) at 5:45pm.
Darren D (c), Joel C, Thom G, Jon W, Jon R, Dan Y, James L, Noman H, Marcus R, Neville D and Noman J

2 August 2015

Low Total Costs Cavs (Again)

The Sunday XI played Gosfield at Mill Road today, and batted first upon losing the toss.

The Cavaliers innings got off to a slow start, with openers P Fenton (1) and E Parry (5) dismissed early on. With P Johnson (0) departing shortly after a mix-up resulted in P Trevedi (0) being run out, the Cavs were struggling on 21/4 after just 10 overs. Cavs #3 D Smith then combined with J Bardell in a fifth wicket partnership of 17 before Bardell (4) was the victim of another mix-up and was run out. Smith and D Young then added 20 for the sixth wicket to see the Cavs past 50, but an acrobatic catch by the Gosfield keeper accounted for Young (3). With N Davidson (4) and T Mayhew (1) dismissed in quick succession, Smith went on the attack while C Finch (1) held up an end, as the pair added 19 for the last wicket before Smith (59) was the last man out. The Cavaliers ended their innings all out for 87 in 31.4 overs.

Despite some good bowling from the Cavaliers opening pair of J Bardell (4-0-12-0) and N Davidson, the Gosfield reply got off to a good start as they added 39 for the first wicket before Davidson (6-1-31-1) claimed the first wicket via a well directed short ball, caught by Young. It was then P Fenton's turn to get amongst the wickets, taking three in successive overs - First by a juggling Young (aided by T Mayhew), then a caught & bowled, and finally a bowled, as he recorded figures of 5-1-21-3 in his first Cavaliers appearance. With Gosfield 71/4, P Trevedi (2-1-9-0) was introduced to the attack, and was unlucky to not take a wicket in his first over (three LBW shouts & beating the edge too!). As Gosfield neared their total, the captain turned to Mayhew (0.3-0-2-0), but it was too late - Gosfield reached their target of 88 to win by six wickets after just 17.3 overs, with keeper J Doherty (43*) top-scoring.

1 August 2015

Opening Stand Puts Bergholt on the Back Foot

The Cavaliers Saturday XI travelled to West Bergholt today.

With Bergholt winning the toss, the Cavs were asked to bat first. The opening partnership of D Dellar and S Pillalamarri then made the Bergholt captain regret his decision as they set about adding the best opening stand of 2015 for the Cavs, putting on 95 for the first wicket (in 23.2 overs) before Pillalamarri was caught for 41. Dellar was then joined by N Jalib (21) in a fluent second wicket partnership of 50, followed by a third wicket partnership of 19 with Z Ahmed before Dellar was eventually dismissed for a fine 75. With only eight overs remaining, the Cavs went on the attack with A Sarwar (2), JJ Elliston (1), N Davidson (0) and K Hemstedt (0) all out in the search for quick runs. Despite wickets falling at the other end, Ahmed (28*) batted well to see the Cavaliers up to 199/7 from their 45 overs, with P Kalra (4*) the other not out batsman.

The Cavs defence of their total got off to a good start, with N Davidson (6-0-22-1) taking a wicket in the second over of the innings via a sharp catch at gully by Pillalamarri. The next over (third of the innings) then saw Sarwar dismiss the dangerous D Wheeler (2) before claiming the third wicket of the innings (Ahmed the catcher) on his way to figures of 8-2-22-2. Bergholt then staged a mini-recovery through a fourth wicket partnership of 22 before Kalra had ex-Cavalier L Wisbey (10) caught by D Young via a top edged pull. With wickets falling either side of the drinks break, as Ahmed claimed his first wicket via a good slip catch by Dellar and Jalib running out Rogers (31) with a direct hit from third man, the Cavs had dismissed the Bergholt top six and were looking to wrap things up. With Kalra (6-2-21-2) and Ahmed (5-1-18-2) both claiming their second wickets of the innings, it was left to the golden arm of K Hemstedt (1-0-3-2) to finish things as the Cavaliers had West Bergholt all out for 98 in 26 overs, to claim a 101 run win.

30 July 2015

Teams - Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd August

Saturday XI - West Bergholt (A) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm or let Sid know if going direct (CO6 3JQ).
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Neville D, Noman J, Puneet K, Karl H, Zubair A, Michael W, Atif S and JJ

Sunday XI - Gosfield (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Ed P (c), Dan S, Dan Y, Neville D, Pratik T, Tony M, Craig F, James B, Pete J, Joel C and TBC

27 July 2015

Team - Tuesday 28th July

Tuesday XI - Ardleigh (A) - meet at Mill Road at 5:15pm or at Ardleigh (CO7 7RS) at 5:45pm.
Darren D (c), Joel C, Thom G, Jon W, Jon R, Dan Y, James L, Noman H, Marcus R, Neville D and TBC

25 July 2015

Kalra Caps a Good Cavs Performance

The Saturday XI played Maldon at Mill Road today.

With Maldon winning the toss and electing to bat, the cavs opening bowlers started well with A Sarwar claiming three top-order wickets (the first coming via a diving D Dellar at slip) as N Davidson (6-3-4-0) kept things tight at the other end. The introduction of P Kalra for Davidson brought an immediate wicket, with Cavs debutant M Wall claiming a good catch at point. Kalra was then rewarded for some economical bowling (four maidens in a row after his first over) as he earned his Cavaliers cap with superb figures of 9-5-7-5, with the fifth of his wickets coming through S Pillalamarri's third catch of the innings. After another economical spell from Z Ahmed (4-2-3-0), captain Pillalamarri (3-0-23-0) came into the attack as the Maldon tail attacked in an attempt to pass fifty. It was then left to M Wall (4-1-8-1) and the returning Sarwar (12.1-1-32-4) to take the last two Maldon wickets to have them all out for 74 in 38.1 overs.

The Cavaliers reply started well, with openers D Dellar and S Pillalamarri playing well to add 56 for the first wicket before Pillalamarri (17) was well caught at short cover. The Cavs then got within five runs of the win before losing their second wicket with Dellar (44) out, but the combination of N Jalib (13*) and Z Ahmed (0*) got the Cavaliers over the line, ending on 75/2 from 16.5 overs to record an eight wicket win in the final Saturday home fixture.

23 July 2015

Teams - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July

Saturday XI - Maldon (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm. BBQ taking place after the game.
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y, Neville D, Zubair A, Atif S, Noman J, Joel C, Karl H, Puneet K, and TBC

Sunday XI - Gt Braxted & Tiptree (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Neville D, Ed G, Pratik T, Jon W, Tony M, James B, Vinnie, Joel C, and TBC

19 July 2015

Mahim Offers a Rai of Hope

The Sunday XI played Little Bardfield Village at Mill Road today.
Having won the toss, the Cavs batted first, with E Parry and D Smith adding 52 for the opening wicket before Smith was out for 34. With Parry (3) following soon afterwards, it was left to A Corcos and E Goodall (10) to rebuild the innings before J Bardell (13) and Corcos (31) saw the Cavaliers up to 117, with both players falling on the score. It was then left to P Johnson (5), N Davidson (7) and D Young (3*) to support debutant M Rai (24*) as the Cavaliers racked up a score of 164/7 from their 40 overs.
An opening stand of 60 between D Hymas and P Stone put the Cavs on the back foot, but J Bardell (9-0-33-1) had the dangerous Hymas caught behind by Young to create an opening. The Cavs then took regular wickets, with change bowlers M Rai (8-1-25-2) and E Goodall (7-0-31-1) both bowling with good pace. The return of opening bowler N Davidson (7-0-46-1) then brought about a fifth wicket before a moment of brilliance from Rai saw him effect a direct hit run out from mid off to leave LBV six down, and the cavs just one wicket away from the tail. Sadly that wicket didn't appear, with D Smith (2.5-0-16-0) unlucky to see a couple of chances missed off his bowling as LBV reached 165/4 off 33.5 overs to win by 4 wickets.

18 July 2015

Coggeshall Strike Again

The Saturday XI played Coggeshall 3rds at Mill Road today, hoping to avenge the loss in the earlier away fixture.

The day started well with the captain calling correctly (electing to field), and opening bowlers N Davidson (6-0-31-1) and P Kalra (6-2-15-1) both claiming early wickets. A third wicket partnership of 46 got Coggeshall up to 59/2 before P Winslow (6-2-18-1) claimed his first Cavaliers wicket. With N Hussain introduced to the attack, he started with a maiden followed by two wicket maidens to reduce the opposition to 59/5. Hussain then ended a sixth wicket partnership of 14 thanks to a smart catch by D Dellar at slip, before Hussain produced a moment of fielding brilliance at cover to claim a diving catch to earn K Hemstedt (4-1-11-1) a wicket. A fourth wicket for Hussain then followed to leave Coggeshall 95/8 but some late order hitting, with C Finch (2-0-19-0) receiving the most punishment, got Coggeshall up to their final total of 122 all out from 35.5 overs, with Hussain (11.5-6-24-6) taking the last two wickets to fall.

The Cavs reply started well enough as D Dellar and D Young added 20 for the first wicket in 6 overs, but the loss of Dellar (11) triggered a collapse of Cavaliers proportions, as D Young (5), P Trevedi (0), K Hemstedt (0), N Hussain (0), N Davidson (4), P Johnson (0) and S Pillalamarri (0) were all dismissed in quick succession. From 20/0, the Cavaliers collapsed to 33/8, with a triple-wicket maiden from the young S Docherty (7-2-13-4) inflicting the most damage. It was then left to the bowlers to show the top order how to bat as P Kalra played some fine shots in a ninth wicket partnership of 46 with P Winslow (10) before the latter was bowled. With C Finch (1) out soon after the Cavaliers were all out for 87 in 25.4 overs, losing by 35 runs. The Cavs were indebted to Kalra (26*) and extras (30) for the bulk of their runs.

16 July 2015

Teams - Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July

Saturday XI - Coggeshall (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Pete J, Neville D, Noman H, Karl H, Puneet K, Craig F, Phil W, and TBC

Sunday XI - LBV (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Ed (c), Dan S, Neville D, Dan Y, Tony M, James B, Alex C, Craig F, Ed G, TBC, and TBC

14 July 2015

University Taught a Lesson

The Property Book Cavaliers faced the University away in the Evening League tonight in a 12 over contest.

Fielding first, the Cavaliers removed both University openers early on, with K Jayasinghe (2-0-21-1) and J Walton (2-0-16-1) both striking in their first overs of the match. Those early wickets brought the familiar face of F Murtaza (appearing as a guest player for the Uni) to the crease, and he dominated a third wicket partnership of 56 with some lusty (and lucky!) blows against the Cavs opening bowlers and first-change K Hemstedt (3-0-28-0). The introduction of J Lawson swung things back to the Cavaliers as he collected three quick wickets on his way to figures of 2-0-23-3, including that of the dangerous Murtaza. With N Hussain (3-0-18-2) taking two wickets in the final over of the innings, the University ended on 107/7 from their 12 overs.

The Cavaliers chase got off to a brilliant start, taking 16 from the first over, with N Jalib hitting the first three (legal) balls of the innings for boundaries. With the opening stand worth 27 in under two overs the Cavs were going well, but the quick wickets of J Corcos (1) and T Goodall (2) left the Cavs 30/2. An attacking third wicket partnership of 39 between Jalib and J Walton (23 from 19 balls) got the Cavaliers ahead of the run-rate, with captain D Dellar (13 from 13 balls) then combining with Jalib in a fourth wicket stand of 31 to see the Cavs up to 100/4 - By this point Jalib had already reached his 50 from just 33 balls! It was then left to N Hussain (6*) to hit the winning runs as the PBUK Cavaliers reached their target of 108 in 10.5 overs to win by six wickets, with N Jalib unbeaten at the other end with 53* (from 35 balls).

12 July 2015

Team - Tuesday 14th July

Midweek XI - University (A) - meet at Mill Road at 5:15pm or at the Uni (CO4 3SQ) at 5:45pm
Darren D (c), Jon W, Jon R, Noman J, Noman H, Neville D, Kelum J, James L, Marcus R, Dan Y, & Joel C

Purleigh Take Revenge

The Sunday XI played Purleigh at Mill Road today.

Upon winning the toss, the Cavaliers elected to field. Despite some good bowling from opening bowlers J Rawlings and N Davidson, the Purleigh opening batsmen put on 70 for the first wicket as chances created consistently found the gaps between fielders. In a bid to get the breakthrough the Cavs turned to their spinners, with N Hussain claiming the wicket of Permanand (29) caught behind by D Young. It was then the turn of D Smith to take wickets, dismissing the dangerous Cann (49, including 11 fours!) and M Rynn with successive balls - Rynn was also caught behind by Young, his 100th dismissal for the Cavaliers. Smith and Hussain continued to bowl well, with Smith taking two more quick wickets before Hussain (9-3-38-2) claimed his second. Smith then completed his 5-fer via a moment of brilliance by T Mayhew, diving to his right to take a one-handed catch at slip, as Smith ended his spell with figures of 9-4-13-5. With J Walton (3-0-18-1) taking a well-judged caught and bowled chance, it was then left to the returning opening bowlers, Rawlings (7-1-34-1) and Davidson (4.5-0-32-1) to take the final two wickets, with Rawlings' wicket coming via another good catch by Mayhew at slip, diving forward to snaffle a chance which had deflected off of the 'keepers gloves. Purleigh ended on 140 all out from 32.5 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a steady start, with the openers adding 20 runs in 10.5 overs before M Vinter (9) was dismissed. The Cavs then lost E Parry (2), D Smith (9) and K Jayasinghe to slump to 35/4, but an aggressive fifth wicket partnership of 38 between J Walton (19) and J Rawlings (19) helped the Cavaliers up to 73 before they were dismissed with successive balls. A seventh wicket partnership of 29 between J Corcos (7) and N Hussain then saw the Cavs pass 100, meaning 39 runs were required from 7.1 overs. With Hussain (29) combining with Davidson in an eighth wicket partnership of 25, the Cavs reached 127 upon Hussain's dismissal. With D Young (4) dismissed quickly, it was left to the last pairing of Davidson and Mayhew to get the 10 runs required from 2.2 overs. With 5 needed from the last over the Cavs had a chance, but could sadly only manage a single off the last ball to end on 137/9 from their 40 overs, losing by 3 runs. Davidson ended on 18*, with Mayhew adding to his collection of unbeaten innings with 0*.

11 July 2015

Jon-Boy Puts Kelvedon to Bed

The Cavaliers Saturday XI played Kelvedon & Feering's 3rd XI today at Mill Road.

Upon winning the toss, the Cavaliers elected to field first. The Cavs opening bowlers immediately found assistance from the pitch, with N Davidson having one opener caught behind, and J Walton getting two quick wickets shortly afterwards (one caught at mid-off by Murtaza, the other caught behind) to leave Kelvedon on 8/3. With Davidson swinging the ball with ease and Walton utilising seam movement and bounce, the Kelvedon wickets kept falling. Davidson claimed two more wickets, clean bowling one batsman, with P Kalra claiming a catch at point to give Davidson final figures of 9-2-32-3. At the other end Walton continued to impress, bowling two Kelvedon batsmen and having two more caught behind (including a one-handed diving effort) as D Young claimed four catches - In fact, Walton was unlucky to not have another wicket as Young lost a catching opportunity in the sun. That being said, Walton went on to claim his best figures for the club, finishing with 9-0-19-6 before first-change bowler P Kalra (0.3-0-1-1) took the final wicket of the innings thanks to a catch by K Hemstedt at square leg. Kelvedon's innings finished after just 18.3 overs on 52 all out.

The Cavs reply went to plan as S Pillalamarri (26* from 31 balls) and F Murtaza (18* from 17 balls) didn't give Kelevdon any chances on their way to 53/0 from 7.5 overs to give the Cavaliers a 10 wicket win before the tea had even arrived!

PS. Jon has since asked that it be pointed out that he now has now earn caps every way possible (50 with the bat, 5 dismissals, 5-fer & a hat-trick)

9 July 2015

Teams - Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July

Saturday XI - Kelvedon & Feering (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Pete J, Neville D, Noman H, Noman J, Puneet K, Fowad M, Karl H and Jon W

Sunday XI - Purleigh (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Ed P (c), Dan S, Kelum J, Vinnie, Neville D, Dan Y, Tony M, Jon W, Jon R, Joel C and TBC

8 July 2015

DNA Edge a Close One

The Property Book Cavaliers played DNA Networks at Mill Road.

Having won the toss, captain D Dellar elected to bat first. With the DNA opening bowlers performing well the Cavs were reduced to 28/4, with J Walton (0), G Moncrieff (0), M Rackowe (2) and J Corcos (3) all dismissed cheaply. A change in bowling didn't provide the Cavaliers with the respite they needed though, with D Dellar (16) run out and J Rawlings (0) departing three balls later. The Cavs were in trouble at 36/6, but an excellent seventh wicket partnership of 55 between N Hussain and N Davidson (29) saw the Cavs up to 91, with Hussain (29), E Goodall (4) and T Goodall (0*) seeing the Cavs up to their final total of 103/9 after Davidson was dismissed.

The Cavaliers were then unlucky to not take wickets early on, with J Rawlings and N Davidson (2-0-13-0) bowling well. With first-change bowler E Goodall (3-0-22-0) also unable to make the breakthrough, the Cavaliers turned to in form N Hussain to get them the wickets required. He delivered a spell of 4-0-21-4 to help the Cavaliers get back into the game, with J Walton (2-0-18-2) also chipping in with two late wickets - including an incredible one-handed diving catch from J Corcos at backward point. With a run-out from T Goodall/D Young also coming in Walton's last over the Cavs had reduced DNA Networks to 97/7, but some scrambled runs in the final over off the bowling of the returning Rawlings (3.5-0-29-0) saw DNA reach their target of 104 in 14.5 overs, winning by 3 wickets with just 3 balls of the match remaining.

4 July 2015

Cavs do the Double Over Copford

The Cavaliers Saturday XI played top of the league Copford at Mill Road today.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers elected to bowl first on a drying wicket. The Copford openers started well, weathering spells from opening bowlers N Davidson (7-0-20-0) and P Kalra (4-2-11-0) while adding 34 for the first wicket before the introduction of N Hussain brought about the first wicket. A second wicket partnership of 11 got Copford up to 45/1, but an ill-judged single resulted in a run-out by F Murtaza, followed by the combination of Hussain (claiming four more wickets for his third 5-fer of the season) and K Hemstedt (6-0-24-2) reducing the visitors to 64/8, with excellent catches held by Davidson, P Johnson and Kalra (2). The Copford tail then began to wag in the face of spinners Hussain and S Pillalamarri (5-1-19-0) as the last two wickets added 42 runs, but Hussain claimed the last two wickets as he registered his best figures for the club for the second week running, finishing with 14.1-6-26-7 (the last one a one-handed grab by D Young - his third catch of the day). The Copford innings ended after 35.1 overs, finishing on 106 all out.

The Cavaliers started their reply well with an opening stand of 45 (in 6 overs) before the wickets of E Parry (13) and N Jalib (0) from successive balls gave Copford some hope, but a rapid fifty (in just 34 balls) from F Murtaza on his way to 63* (42 balls) in combination with a captain's knock from S Pillalamarri (12*) saw the Cavaliers (108/2) win by 8 wickets after 13.1 overs - The third wicket partnership adding an unbeaten 63.

2 July 2015

Team - Saturday 4th July

Saturday XI - Copford (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:30pm.
Sid P (c), Ed P, Noman H, Dan Y (wk), Neville D, Joel C, Puneet K, Karl H, Fowad M, Pete J, and Noman J

28 June 2015

Team - Tuesday 30th June

Midweek XI - IAA (H) - meet at Mill Road at 5:30pm.
Darren D (c), Neville D, Kelum J, James L, Ed G, Dan Y, Jon R, Jon W, Marcus R, Noman H, & JJ/Greg M/Phil S

Cavs Come Close

The Cavaliers Sunday XI played Clacton at Vista Road today in a rain-affected 35 over match.

Having won the toss the Cavaliers batted first, with E Parry (2) departing early on. Fellow opener M Vinter then added 43 for the second wicket with D Smith before Vinter (15), S Gilhooly (0) and E Goodall (3) fell to the Spence brothers to leave the Cavs on 63/4. An attacking fifth wicket stand of 55 (in 6.5 overs) between Smith and J Walton (27 from 18 balls) saw the Cavs up to 118, with Walton and J Corcos (0) then falling in quick succession. Smith and JJ Elliston (11) then got the Cavs total up to 137 before Smith (72*) took it upon himself to attack the Clacton bowlers as the last three Cavaliers batsmen (N Davidson, D Young and T Mayhew) all departed for 0. The Cavaliers innings finished on 155 all out from 34.1 overs.

The start of the second innings saw Clacton add 38 for the first wicket, with opening bowlers N Davidson and J Walton (8-0-28-0) unlucky to not take early wickets before Davidson took matters into his own hands, bowling Clacton opener J Lee (19). A second wicket partnership of 53 put the Cavaliers on the back foot, but the spin partnership of T Mayhew (8-1-36-1) and D Smith dismissed both batsmen in quick succession to leave Clacton on 93/3. It was then the opposition's turn to attack, adding a quick 34 for the fourth wicket before Smith (8-1-47-3) took two quick wickets, dismissing both set batsmen (one being a fine catch off his own bowling). With E Goodall taking his first wicket for the Cavaliers, the game was set for a close finish as Clacton went from 154/6 to 155/8 as Goodall (3.4-0-14-2) and the returning Davidson (7-1-30-2) each claimed their second wickets of the day. It was then left to Clacton's number 10 to hit the winning single as they reached their target of 156 with two balls to spare, winning by 2 wickets.

27 June 2015

Cavs Tie Themselves in a Tangle

The Cavaliers Saturday side played second-placed Halstead today at the rugby club.

With Halstead winning the toss, ten-man Cavaliers fielded first. Opening bowlers Z Ahmed (6-1-14-0) and N Davidson kept things tight at the start, with Halstead adding 22 for the first wicket before Davidson (8-3-22-2) struck twice. Regular wickets for the Cavaliers then meant that Halstead were unable to build any meaningful partnerships, with N Hussain twice taking two wickets in two balls on his way to his best bowling figures for the club, bowling an excellent spell to finish with 8-3-17-6. Meanwhile, U Chaudhry bowled well at the other end, extracting good bounce and turn as the claimed figures of 5.4-0-13-2 in his first game for the Cavaliers. The Halstead innings ended with them slipping from 71/6 to 72 all out in 27.4 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a slow start, with openers F Murtaza (1) and D Dellar (4) out with the Cavs yet to reach double figures. An aggressive 19 by Z Ahmed (off 16 balls after taking 9 to get off the mark!) got the Cavs up to 30/3 after 10 overs, with S Pillalamarri (10) out soon afterwards. The Cavaliers then made steady progress, reaching 60/4 before the wickets of N Hussain (6), P Johnson (3) and H Chaudhry (12) left the Cavs on 70/7 - 3 needed with 2 wickets in hand... N Davidson and U Chaudhry then got the scores level, but two wickets in two balls meant the Cavaliers were all out for 72 to tie the match.

25 June 2015

Teams - Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June

Saturday XI - Halstead (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y (wk), Pete J, Neville D, Noman H, Noman J, Zubair A, Fowad M, TBC and TBC

Sunday XI - Clacton (A) - meet at Mill Road at 11:45am or let Ed know if going direct (CO15 6DB)
Ed P (c), Dan S, Dan Y, Neville D, Tony M, Vinnie, Jon W, Joel C, Simon G, Ed G and JJ

21 June 2015

Sunday Side Slumps

The Sunday XI played Chappel & Wakes Colne at the rugby club today.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers batted first and lost opener A Kundi (0) early on. Fellow opener N Jalib (7) followed soon afterwards, having added 12 for the second wicket with skipper D Smith (9) who was next to depart. A fourth wicket partnership of 12 between N Hussain and K Jayasinghe got the Cavs up to 36 before Hussain (10) was out, giving Chappel's opening bowler S King figures of 9-3-25-4, having dismissed the Cavaliers top four. A familiar collapse then saw the Cavaliers go from 41/4 to eight-down for less than fifty as Jayasinghe (8), B Goldsmith (3), J Corcos (0) and J Walton (0) all dismissed in quick succession. A lengthy ninth wicket partnership between D Young (8*) and T Mayhew (12) got the Cavaliers past fifty before Mayhew and last man C Finch (2) were out.

The second innings started well for the Cavaliers, with N Hussain (9-5-11-0) keeping the pressure on the Chappel batsmen, and K Jayasinghe (3-0-14-1) claiming an early wicket (thanks to some clever field placement by the skipper) to leave the opposition 12/1. Sadly the Cavs were unable to take any further wickets, with spells from J Walton (3-1-6-0), D Smith (3-0-17-0), C Finch (1-0-14-0) and T Mayhew (0.3-0-8-0) passing without success as Chappel built an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 60, with D Maytham (13*) and Z Taylor (47*) sealing a nine wicket win, reaching 72/1 from 19.3 overs.

20 June 2015

Rain Halts Cavs Charge

The Cavaliers Saturday XI played West Mersea today at the rugby club.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to bat. Openers D Dellar and F Murtaza started the innings well, adding 46 for the first wicket before Murtaza (30 - all in boundaries!) was bowled when padding up to the bowler. Dellar then combined with M Vinter (27) in a second wicket stand of 60, followed by a third wicket partnership of 37 with N Jalib for the third wicket. The Cavaliers had reached 153/2, but the dismissal of Dellar (62) started a 'mini collapse' as Jalib (17) and J Corcos (0) followed soon after to leave the Cavaliers on 154/5. The Cavs then ended the innings well, with JJ Elliston (28*) and Z Ahmed (42*) playing some attacking shots in an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 79 to see the Cavaliers up to their final total of 233/5.

Sadly heavy showers appeared towards the end of the first innings and continued through the tea interval. Eventually, just before 5pm, the game was abandoned with the Cavs gaining 11pts (6pts for the abandonment, and full batting bonus points).

18 June 2015

Teams - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st June

Saturday XI - West Mersea (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Darren D (c), JJ, Noman H, Dan Y, Neville D, Joel C, Puneet K, Vinnie, Fowad M, Zubair A, and Noman J

Sunday XI - Chappel & Wakes Colne (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Joel C, Tony M, Craig F, Jon W, Kelum J, Noman J, Noman H, Asif K and Bernie G

16 June 2015

Fine Performance By PBUK Cavs

The Property Book Cavaliers faced Ardleigh in the evening league at Mill Road tonight.

Fielding first, the Cavs took early wickets as N Davidson (4-0-19-3) dismissed the top three in Ardleigh's batting line up while K Jayasinghe (2-0-13-0) kept things tight at the other end. The introduction of N Hussain then helped the Cavaliers build pressure as he bowled an amazing spell of 4-1-4-0 to T Harvey and K Lamont, with only three scoring shots against him. The pressure built by Hussain allowed J Lawson (2-0-11-1) and C Haines (2-0-17-1) to take wickets at the other end before a good 'death' over by debutant E Goodall (1-0-3-0) maintained the pressure, forcing Ardleigh to take risky runs which led to two run outs - One by D Young, and the other by Goodall/Haines as Ardleigh finished their 15 overs on 75/7, with Harvey (26) the only batsman to reach double figures.

The PBUK reply started well, with D Dellar and A Corcos adding 21 for the first wicket in just 2.4 overs before Dellar (12 from 15 balls) was dismissed. It was then left to A Corcos (37* from 29 balls) and J Walton (20* from 27 balls) to combine in an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 55 to see the Cavaliers reach their target of 76 for the loss of just one wicket after 8.6 overs.

Team - Tuesday 16th June

Midweek XI - Ardleigh (H) - meet at Mill Road at 5:30pm.
Darren D (c), Neville D, Kelum J, James L, Joel C, Dan Y, Jon W, Alex C, Corin H, Noman H, & JJ/Tony M

14 June 2015

Sunday Team Claim First Win

The Cavaliers travelled to Purleigh today with 10 men (with Amir dropping out this morning).

Having lost the toss the Cavaliers were put in to bat, with E Parry and S Pillalamarri adding 69 for the first wicket (the highest opening stand on a Sunday in 2015) before Parry (29) was dismissed. A second wicket partnership of 44 between Pillalamarri and D Smith (24) saw the Cavs pass 100 before A Corcos (8) and N Hussain (1) were dismissed in quick succession to leave the Cavs 130/4. With the Cavaliers pushing for quick runs, Pillalamarri was eventually out for 68 as a customary Cavs collapse saw the score go from 144/4 to 149/7, with J Bardell (run out without facing) and N Davidson (5) following Pillalamarri back to the pavilion. Some aggressive batting from J Corcos (14) saw the Cavs up to 167, with T Mayhew (1*) and D Young (1*) getting the Cavaliers up to their final total of 169/8 from their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers opened the bowling with spinner N Hussain (6-3-10-1) in the second innings, and the ploy paid off as Purleigh's star batsman, C Freegard (20) was caught off a top edge by J Corcos. Fellow opening bowler Bardell (9-1-35-1) also bowled well, having the #3 caught behind (and unlucky to see an edge fly through the vacant slip position, due to the lack of an 11th player) before Purleigh built a decent third wicket partnership. The introduction of N Davidson (9-1-28-3) proved fruitful as he bowled an economical spell, including two wickets in two balls and the wickets of both well-set batsmen - like Bardell, he also unlucky to have an edge go through the vacant slip position. A comical run out saw Purleigh lose another wicket, with a well-directed throw from A Corcos deflecting off the stomach of Young onto the stumps, before the spin pairing of T Mayhew (5-1-7-2) and D Smith (7-2-18-2) mopped up the tail, with skipper Parry claiming the winning catch as Purleigh were all out for 102, giving the Sunday team a 67-run victory.

13 June 2015

Ex-Cavs Box(ted) Clever

The Cavaliers Saturday XI faced Boxted today at a drizzly Mill Road.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to bat. Openers F Murtaza and D Dellar made steady progress against the new ball before Dellar (6) edged a delivery from T Berry behind to D Skinner to leave the Cavs 15/1. A good partnership of 30 between Murtaza and M Vinter for the second wicket saw the Cavs up to 45/1, but the pressure of three successive maidens brought the wickets of Murtaza (23) and N Jalib (0). Z Ahmed (14) then joined Vinter in a fourth wicket partnership of 25, but his wicket was the first in a Cavaliers-esque collapse as Vinter (21), K Jayasinghe (2), and P Johnson (3) all followed soon after - From 70/3, the Cavs slumped to 78/7, with ex-Cavs T Berry (15-6-24-3), R Mitchell (15-2-41-1), B Moore (7-1-17-2) and D Skinner (3ct) inflicting the majority of the damage. With the eighth and ninth wickets adding 14 and 15 through the efforts of J Walton (10), P Kalra (5*) and A Sarwar (9), the Cavaliers scored 107/9 from their 45 overs.

The Cavaliers started their defence well, with opening bowlers A Sarwar (6-1-15-1) and P Kalra (8-3-13-1) swinging the ball well to dismiss both Boxted openers to leave the opposition 23/2. The ex-Cavs D Skinner and B Moore (21) then helped Boxted up to 94/2, adding 71 for the third wicket as chances weren't taken or didn't go to hand, with Z Ahmed (8-1-28-0), F Murtaza (5-0-22-0) and K Jayasinghe (2-0-7-0) unlucky to not take wickets. Eventually, a mix-up between the batsmen saw them both at the non-strikers end as Sarwar threw the ball to Murtaza, who threw to D Young to effect the simplest of run-outs. With just 14 more needed, Boxted reached their target after 30.3 overs as J Walton (1.3-0-14-0) was given the task of bowling at the end. Boxted ended on 111/3, with Skinner ending on 53*.

11 June 2015

Teams - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June

Saturday XI - Boxted (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:30pm.
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Atif S, Pete J, Vinnie, Noman J, Jon W, Zubair A, Fowad M, Kelum J & Puneet K

Sunday XI - Purleigh (A) - meet at Mill Road at 11:45pm or advise Ed if going direct (CM3 6PE).
Ed P (c), Dan Y, Dan S, Joel C, Alex C, Noman H, Tony M, Amir B, James B, Neville D & Sid P

9 June 2015

Defeat at the Garrison

The Property Book Cavaliers faced The Real Oddies tonight in the CECL at the garrison ground.
Fielding first, the Cavs opening bowlers N Davidson (3-0-22-0) & K Jayasinghe (4-0-25-0) did well without reward on a tricky pitch before the Oddies batsmen, M Hall (39) and J Hambrook went on the attack, with JJ Elliston (3-0-35-0) and S Pillalamarri (2-0-29-0) having to bowl at the well-set batsmen. The Cavaliers finally enjoyed some success with J Lawson, as he broke the opening stand of 111 before having the Oddies #3 caught in the deep by Elliston on his way to figures of 2-0-11-2. The Oddies continued to attack, ending on 145/2, with N Jalib (1-0-22-0) the other bowler used. Hambrook ended the innings on 71*.
The PBUK reply saw N Davidson (4) and D Dellar (0) out cheaply to leave the score on 12/2 before S Pillalamarri (11) combined with opening batsman N Jalib in a third wicket stand of 25. The wicket of Pillalamarri led to two more quick wickets, with J Corcos (1) and M Rackowe (0) the ones to go. A sixth wicket partnership of 29 between Jalib and G Moncrieff (16) was followed by a partnership of 27 between Jalib and Elliston (7*) before Jalib was caught for 44. A wicket off the final ball of the innings (J Lawson for 0) meant the Cavaliers finished on 98/8, losing by 47 runs.

8 June 2015

Team - Tuesday 9th June

Midweek XI - Real Oddies (A) - meet at Mill Road at 5:15pm or the Garrison (CO2 7SZ) at 5:45pm.
Darren D (c), Neville D, Kelum J, Marcus R, James L, Joel C, Sid P, Dan Y, JJ, Greg M, & TBC

7 June 2015

Earls Colne KO Cavs

The Sunday XI faced Earls Colne in the NECL Knock-out Cup today.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first. The Earls Colne openers rode their luck against the Cavs opening bowlers, J Rawlings and J Bardell (9-1-29-0) before T Mayhew (8-0-40-2) dismissed both batsmen to leave the opposition on 103/2. With S Pillalamarri (6-1-35-1) claiming the Cavs third wicket of the innings, Earls Colne were on 115/3 from 27 overs, but a fourth wicket partnership of 90 helped them pass 200 before Rawlings (8-2-39-1) returned to break that partnership. The Earls Colne innings ended on 222/4 from their 45 overs, with N Davidson (7-0-61-0) and C Finch (2-0-13-0) unlucky to bowl towards the end to two set batsmen. Davidson was also unlucky to bowl a batsman with a no ball.

The Cavaliers reply started poorly, with Pillalamarri (2), G Moncrieff (2), K Jayasinghe (1) and M Rackowe (0) all out cheaply to leave the Cavs 27/4. An attacking innings of 26 from in-form Rawlings (from just 19 balls, including six boundaries) saw the score pass 50, before a partnership of 43 between E Parry and Bardell (25 from 24 balls) saw the Cavs up to 102/6 (upon Bardell's dismissal). With Davidson (0) out shortly afterwards, D Young (8) and Parry added 15 for the ninth wicket before C Finch (0*) retired hurt, and Mayhew (0) was dismissed first ball. The Cavaliers finished on 118/9 from 39 overs to lose by 104 runs, with skipper E Parry carrying his bat for 38* from 123 balls.

6 June 2015

Dropped Chances Don't Cost the Cavs

The Saturday XI hosted Witham's (very youthful) 3rd XI in the Two Counties Championship today.

Having won the toss, captain S Pillalamarri opted to field first. The Cavaliers started well, with the first runs for Witham coming in the sixth over. After a couple of early chances were dropped, F Murtaza took matters into his own hands, bowling Witham's opener for a duck. Murtaza (5-3-2-2) then took his second wicket via a fine catch at gully by P Johnson before Z Ahmed (7-3-16-2) took two wickets. With the opposition struggling the Cavaliers turned to their spinners to maintain the pressure, with Pillalamarri (3-2-3-2) and N Hussain bowling very well in tandem. A suicidal run out (effected by Ahmed & D Young) left Witham floundering on 23/8, but their highest partnership of the innings (17 for the ninth wicket - helped by a few more dropped catches) saw them up to 40/8 before Hussain (6-1-8-2) saw the number 10 caught at slip by D Dellar, followed by debutant P Kalra (4.4-2-8-1) clean bowling D Spence (Witham's young #6) for 20. Despite several missed chances, the Cavaliers had bowled Witham out for 40 runs in 25.4 overs, taking six catches (eventually). Seven Witham batsmen scored 0 too...

The Cavaliers reply saw opener J Corcos out for a second ball duck, caught at point via a well-judged running catch. Fellow opener, P Johnson, and Kalra then set about building a partnership of 18 for the second wicket before Kalra (3) was caught and bowled. M Vinter then came in at #4 and immediately went on the attack, hitting his first ball for four on his way to 17* from 12 balls (with four boundaries) as he and Johnson (17*) added 25* for the third wicket to see the Cavaliers (43/2) to victory.

4 June 2015

Teams - Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June

Saturday XI - Witham (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:30pm.
Sid P (c), Dan Y (wk), Darren D, Pete J, Vinnie, Noman J, Noman H, Zubair A, Fowad M, Joel C & Puneet K

Sunday XI - Earls Colne (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Ed P (c), Dan Y, Kelum J, Greg M, Jon R, Marcus R, Tony M, Craig F, James B, Neville D & Sid P

2 June 2015

PBUK Lose a Close One

The Property Book Cavaliers faced the University in the Colchester Evening League tonight.

Upon losing the toss the Cavaliers fielded first, with N Davidson (3-0-23-1) and debutant R Miller (2-0-32-0) struggling against the aggressive Uni openers before Davidson claimed the first wicket. The change bowlers then went about reducing the run rate, with J Rawlings returning impressive figures of 3-0-8-3, while K Jayasinghe (2-0-7-1), J Lawson (2-0-11-2) and C Haines (2-0-17-1) all bowled well. It was then left to JJ Elliston (1-0-8-0) to bowl the final over (which included a direct hit run out by D Young) as the PBUK Cavs restricted the University to 110/9 from their 15 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a good start as openers S Pillalamarri (13) and G Moncrieff (11) added 29 for the first wicket before getting out in quick succession. M Rackowe and Elliston (6) kept the Cavs going, but a series of quick wickets saw the Cavs slip from 57/3 to 69/7 as Miller (4), Davidson (0), Rackowe (12) and Jayasinghe (0) were all dismissed. A good 36 run partnership for the eighth wicket between J Rawlings and C Haines (12) got the Cavaliers up to 105 before Haines was out via a fine catch by the bowler. With six needed from the last ball to win, J Lawson could only manage two from the only ball he faced as the Cavaliers finished on 107/8 to lose by 3 runs, with J Rawlings left on 31 not out from just 23 balls. In hindsight, two seven-ball overs (the fourth & tenth) may have proved costly as the Cavs narrowly lost.

1 June 2015

Team - Tuesday 2nd June

Midweek XI - University (H) - meet at Mill Road at 5:30pm.
Darren D (c), Kelum J, Dan Y, James L, Jon R, Marcus R, Neville D, Greg M, Rodal M, Corin H & TBC

30 May 2015

Cavs Survive Collapse

The Saturday XI played Eight Ash Green today at Mill Road, looking to return to winning ways.

Despite losing the toss, skipper S Pillalamarri was pleased to be bowling first on a good looking track. A wayward second over saw EAG take 13 runs from it, but a sequence of maidens built enough pressure to let A Sarwar (8-3-30-1) break the opening stand with a fine in-swinger before Z Ahmed (7-3-17-1, recovering from being 0-12 after his first over) had the other opener caught behind by D Young. Economical bowling kept the pressure on, and N Davidson (8-2-23-1) took advantage to take the third wicket of the innings - One reminiscent of Mark Wood's wicket for England yesterday (swung away, past the edge to take the top of off stump). The Green then recovered through a fourth wicket stand of 47, with F Murtaza (3-0-17-0) unlucky to not claim a wicket. It was eventually left to the spinners to take wickets while maintaining pressure, with S Pillalamarri (7-1-29-1) taking the crucial wicket of EAG's captain L Keeble (39) while N Hussain (12-3-35-4) claiming four lower order wickets (one bowled, three stumped). The innings ended with EAG scoring 155/8 from their 45 overs, with O Stovell unbeaten on 59*.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a poor start as Pillalamarri (0) was caught in the first over, but F Murtaza and N Jalib then added 125 for the second wicket in just over 20 overs - The highest partnership of 2015 for the Cavaliers. The wicket of Jalib (59) then led to the kind of collapse the Cavs have experienced before, with Murtaza (54), Z Ahmed (1), M Nadeem (0) and K Hemstedt (1) saw the Cavaliers slip from 125/1 to 128/6. A seventh wicket partnership of 23 between P Johnson (9) and N Hussain (6*) then helped the score pass 150 before A Sarwar (5*) hit the winning boundary to ensure a three wicket victory as the Cavaliers finished on 156/7 in 35.3 overs, with J Wair (7.3-1-15-4) the most successful bowler for EAG.

29 May 2015

Teams - Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May

Saturday XI - Eight Ash Green (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:30pm.
Sid P (c), Dan Y (wk), Pete J, Noman J, Fowad M, Zubair A, Atif S, Karl H, Neville D, Noman H & TBC

Sunday XI - Harwich & Dovercourt (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:15pm.
Ed P (c), Dan S, Dan Y, Kelum J, Marcus R, Tony M, Vinnie, Neville D, Alex C, Craig F & Pete J

26 May 2015

Elton Regain Bails

Yesterday saw the Cavaliers play their last tour fixture against Elton in a bid to retain the Paris Bails trophy.

Having lost the toss, the Cavs were asked to bat first on a tricky wicket. With the Elton opening bowlers giving very little to hit, the Cavs opening batsmen worked incredibly hard to get the score to 27/0 from 21 overs before Parry (5) was given out LBW. Captain S Gilhooly (3) followed soon after, and wickets began to fall regularly once N Jalib (15) was unlucky to be run out. Next to go was S Johnson (0), but N Hussain and J Rawlings then rebuilt to take the Cavs to 50/4 (in 31.1 overs) before a flurry of wickets saw Rawlings (9), P Johnson (0), N Davidson (controversially given LBW for 1), Hussain (6) and D Howell (0) all out to leave the Cavaliers floundering on 53/9 after 37.3 overs. D Young and T Mayhew then concentrated on survival, adding 15 runs (all extras) before the tea break to leave the Cavs on 68/9 at the interval.

After tea the Cavaliers opted to continue to bat, with the tenth wicket stand eventually worth 25 before Young (8 from 44 balls) was bowled off his pads, leaving Mayhew on 0*. The Cavaliers innings ended after 50.1 overs for 78 runs, with Elton captain J Heath (8-4-15-4) inflicting the most damage.

After a quick turnaround, J Rawlings (10-1-28-1) got an early breakthrough while D Howell (7-3-8-0) kept things tight from the other end. Rawlings was particularly unlucky, seeing three dropped chances off of his bowling as well as two LBW shouts turned down. The introduction of N Hussain (6-2-19-2) helped to give the Cavs hope while S Johnson (5-0-13-0) kept the run rate down. A late run out by Jalib (aided by Young knocking all three stumps to the ground!) was too little too late as S Lightfoot (35* to go with bowling figures of 15.1-6-17-2) scored the winning runs off T Mayhew (1.5-0-6-0), who provided a champagne moment the ball before as he looked to 'Mankad' (should this now be known as 'Mayhew-ing'?) the non-striker (hilarity ensued). Elton won by six wickets after 29.5 overs, shortly before the close of play, to regain the Bails.

25 May 2015

Good Team Performance

Yesterday the Cavaliers travelled to the picturesque ground of Hathersage to play their third tour match of 2015.

Captain for the day N Hussain agreed with the Hathersage captain that we would field first, and opening bowlers immediately did well as N Davidson kept things economical while J Rawlings (8-2-20-2) removed the Derbyshire side's opening batsmen. The Cavs continued to chip away at the Hathersage line-up as D Howell's good bowling (8-1-22-1) was rewarded via a fine running catch by Hussain, and T Mayhew (8-0-48-2) claiming wickets via a Davidson catch and a stumping by N Jalib. Captain Hussain then introduced himself to the attack, taking three wickets on his way to figures of 8-1-41-3, including another catch by Davidson, and a second stumping for Jalib. With Davidson (8-2-25-0) returning to keep the run-rate down, Hathersage ended their 40 overs on 167/8.

The Cavaliers reply started slowly, with P Johnson (1) and S Johnson (8) out early to Hathersage's 14 year old dynamo, R Mohammadullah (8-2-22-2), but the experienced pair of Jalib (70 - his second successive fifty on tour!) and S Gilhooly (33) adding 92 for the third wicket to help the Cavaliers up to 128/2 before both batsmen departed within four balls of each other. With E Parry (10) helping to steady the innings, the Cavs brought up their 150 before N Davidson (with a run a ball 23*) and N Hussain (4*) got the Cavs to the winning line, as we finished on 170/5 in 37.5 overs to claim the win by five wickets.

24 May 2015

A Day for New Caps

The Cavaliers played Langwith yesterday in a good spirited game. Both teams played out their 40 overs, with the option for batsmen to come in again (if required) in order to give everyone a chance to bowl...

Having won the toss, P Johnson (skipper for the day) elected to field first. The opening bowlers performed very well, without much luck, with J Rawlings returning figures of 4-0-14-0, and S Johnson finishing with 4-2-6-0 in his first Cavs game of the season. Eventually, after a 50 run opening stand, it was N Davidson (6-0-22-2) who made the breakthrough, while D Howell (6-1-20-0) kept things tight at the other end. The Cavaliers then went on a wicket taking spree, taking 7 for 51 in the second half of the innings, as tour debutant N Hussain claimed his maiden 5-fer for the club, along with his Cavaliers Cap, with excellent figures of 8-3-17-5, including two stumpings for D Young - Young also claimed a catch off T Mayhew (7-1-13-1) during Hussain's spell. The bowling of P Johnson (3-0-17-1) and N Jalib (2-0-10-1) accounted for the last two wickets, as Young claimed two more stumpings to finally earn a club cap in his 100th game for the Cavaliers. With Langwith all out in the 38th over, the Cavaliers agreed to Langwith batting out the last two overs, with the 'last man standing' taking the Derbyshire side to 133/10 at the end of their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to an excellent start, with openers E Parry and N Jalib putting on 79 for the first wicket before Jalib (54) edged behind. Parry (37) then combined with S Gilhooly (20) in a second wicket stand of 41 to take the Cavaliers within 14 of the victory target. Both fell in quick succession, but N Davidson and J Rawlings took eased the Cavaliers to a seven wicket win. As with the first innings, the Cavaliers continued to the end of the 40th over, with Davidson (12), Rawlings (19) and Hussain (8) all out after the victory was achieved. The Cavs finished their 40 overs on 165/6, with Young (1*) and Mayhew (0*) the not out batsmen.

23 May 2015

Friendly Start to Tour

The Cavaliers began their 2015 tour at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Chatsworth bowled 20 overs of 6 balls, and Cavs 15 overs of 8 balls, with batsmen retiring upon 25 (to return if enough wickets fell).

Having lost the toss, the Cavs batted first on the picturesque ground, with S Gilhooly (18 from 15 balls) getting the team off to a good start. With N Jalib (26* from 20) and J Rawlings (26* from 18) both retiring not out, it was left to N Davidson (17 from 15) and P Johnson (16 from 24) to continue the good work. Johnson and D Young (6 from 12) then saw the Cavaliers past 100, before T Mayhew (6 from 6) and E Parry (6 from 8) helped the Cavaliers up to their final total of 127/4 from their 20 overs.

The Chatsworth reply got off to a good start as three of their top four retired not out, as the Cavaliers managed to keep things tight without taking wickets. The Cavs opened the bowling with P Everitt (2-0-8-0) and E Parry, with N Davidson (2-0-13-0) and T Mayhew (2-0-11-0) maintaining the pressure. Some of the pressure was eased as Chatsworth attacked the bowling of S Gilhooly (2-0-26-0), but a wicket then appeared from an unlikely source, as P Johnson found some turn on his way to figures of 2-0-14-2! J Rawlings (1-0-6-0) then put the pressure back on the Chatsworth batsmen before N Jalib (2-0-25-1) and the returning E Parry (2-0-16-1) took late wickets. A run-out (by Davidson/Jalib) off the penultimate ball, followed by a wide, left Chatsworth needing four to win... A scrambled three was all they could manage as they tied the game, finishing on 127/5.

17 May 2015

Low Totals Cost Cavs

Two low scoring matches for the Cavaliers this weekend...

The Saturday XI played West Bergholt at the rugby club and batted first, having lost the toss. With D Dellar (5) and F Murtaza (4) falling cheaply, M Vinter and N Jalib combined for a promising partnership of 30 for the third wicket before Jalib (10) was bowled. Two quick wickets, those of Vinter (run out for 17) and Pillalamarri (0), saw the Cavs struggling at 51/5, but Z Ahmed and P Johnson (6) helped the Cavs recover to 78/5. Regular wickets then hurt the Cavs, with K Hemstedt (2), K Jayasinghe (0), and Z Ahmed (41) all falling in quick succession. A tenth wicket partnership of 17 between N Hussain (10*) and A Sarwar (5) got the Cavaliers up to their final total of 119 all out.

The Cavs responded well, with A Sarwar (5-2-14-1) and N Hussain claiming early wickets. Partnerships of 31 and 49 for the third and fourth wickets saw West Bergholt up to 96/4, with Z Ahmed (5-1-24-1) and S Pillalamarri (5-0-33-1) the bowlers breaking those stands. Hussain (15-4-38-2) managed one more wicket (in the penultimate over of the innings), but it was too little too late as Bergholt reached their target in 30.4 overs, finishing on 121/5 to win by five wickets.

In the other game of the weekend, the Sunday XI travelled to Gosfield. Another lost toss meant the Cavs bowled first on a pitch offering variable bounce. An early wicket for Bardell (caught by a diving N Davidson) gave the Cavs a good start before fellow opening bowler, J Walton (9-1-29-1) also took a wicket. With D Howell (9-1-22-1) taking a wicket soon afterwards, the Cavs had Gosfield struggling on 56/3 from 18ovs. The Cavaliers continued to keep things tight, with D Smith (8-3-27-0) helping Howell restrict Gosfield to 83/3 from 31 overs. The Gosfield batsmen then went on the attack in the last 9 overs on their way to a fourth wicket partnership of 106, with Pillalamarri (3-0-17-0) and Davidson (2-0-18-0) taking some punishment. A late breakthrough from Bardell (9-1-56-2) helped raise spirits, but Gosfield ended their 40ovs on 173/4.

The Cavs reply started poorly, with J Walton (4) and E Parry (0) dismissed early on. D Smith (18 from 18 balls) helped the Cavs up to 30 before Pillalamarri (23) and P Johnson (10) added 40 for the fourth wicket. With both batsmen dismissed within 3 balls, the Cavs slipped from 70/3 to 70/5 before M Rackowe (1) and Bardell (20) helped the Cavaliers up to 90/5 before a series of quick wickets saw both batsmen dismissed, followed by Davidson (0), Mayhew (0) and D Young (2) as the Cavaliers were all out for 97 after 36 overs, with D Howell left undefeated on 2*, leaving Gosfield as winners by 76 runs.

13 May 2015

Teams - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May

Saturday XI - West Bergholt (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:30pm.
Sid P (c), Darren D, Pete J, Vinnie, Noman J (wk), Fowad M, Zubair A, Atif S, Karl H, Kelum J, & Noman H

Sunday XI - Gosfield (A) - meet at Mill Road at 11:45am.
Ed P (c), Dan S, Dan Y, Sid P, Marcus R, Tony M, James B, Neville D, Jon W, Pete J & Dave H

12 May 2015

Collapse Costs the Cavs

The Property Book Cavaliers played reigning CECL Champions, The Real Oddies tonight at Mill Road.

Having lost the toss, PBUK Cavs were asked to field first and got off to a great start as J Rawlings (2-0-24-1) claimed an early wicket. The Oddies fought back through a 49-run partnership for the second wicket before A Baig (3-1-16-3) claimed two wickets in two balls. From that point wickets fell regularly, with J Walton (2-0-17-1) striking in the next over, and Baig claiming his third wicket through a sharp catch at slip by D Dellar. With K Jayasinghe (2-0-11-0) and JJ Elliston (2-0-16-0) bowling well without reward, it was another great spell from N Hussain which provided the wickets, as he finished with figures of 3.6-0-18-4 to help the Cavs bowl the Oddies out for 105 (the other wicket in the innings was through a run out by N Davidson and D Young).

The Cavaliers reply got off to the worst possible start as D Dellar (0) was caught behind off the first ball of the innings. With M Rackowe (1) and G Moncrieff (0) following soon afterwards, the Cavs were struggling on 2/3. A partnership of 17 between N Davidson (11) and N Hussain (6), followed by partnerships between J Walton (10), JJ Elliston (12) and K Jayasinghe helped the Cavaliers pass 50, but regular wickets kept pegging the Cavs back. With two run outs accounting for J Rawlings (0) and A Baig (0), it was soon all over as Jayasinghe was stumped for 12, leaving D Young on 0* without facing. PBUK Cavaliers finished all out for just 62, losing by 43 runs.

10 May 2015

Ardleigh a Day to Remember

The Sunday XI resumed their NECL campaign after four weeks without a game, facing Ardleigh in the first home fixture of the season.

Having won the toss, the Cavs fielded first. An opening stand of 30 was broken by J Rawlings (9-3-31-1), who had the attacking R Cole (21) caught at cover by fellow opening bowler, J Bardell. With Ardleigh's run rate going at better than 5-an-over, the captain turned to the experienced pair of D Smith (9-2-23-1) and D Howell (9-4-22-1) to help provide some control. Sadly, a series of dropped catches denied Howell, N Davidson (3-0-18-0) and T Mayhew (2-0-11-0) further wickets as Ardleigh added 57 for the fourth wicket. With the opening bowlers coming back on, Bardell (8-1-50-2) claimed the wickets of Lamont (32) and Bland (42) with a fine display of swing bowling, but the Cavaliers couldn't stop Ardleigh reaching their final total of 162/5 from their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a slow start, with skipper E Parry caught (via a one-handed, diving effort) for just 1. D Smith (1) soon followed, and a double-wicket maiden by Gr Cole accounted for N Jalib (who was unluckily stumped via a deflection off Lamont's arm for 9) and N Davidson (caught at short leg for a duck). The Cavs were struggling at 17/4 at this point, and were soon 27/6 as P Johnson (0) and J Bardell (3) were both dismissed. By the time the Ardleigh opening bowlers were done, the Cavs were 28/6 from 18ovs - R Cole finishing with 9-3-17-2, and Gr Cole finishing with an incredible 9-5-6-4!

Despite seeing his partners dismissed at the other end, M Vinter was still at the crease, and he helped to add 16 for the seventh wicket with the attacking  J Rawlings (13 from 18 balls), before Rawlings was caught. This brought D Young to the crease, as 26 runs were added for the eighth wicket (the highest partnership of the innings), but Young (4) was run out (despite a dive). With Vinter (28) bowled shortly afterwards, it was left to D Howell (8) and T Mayhew (2*) to see the Cavaliers up to their final total of 84 all out from 34.2ovs, losing by 78 runs.

7 May 2015

Teams - Saturday 9th May & Sunday 10th May

Saturday XI - Maldon (A) - meet at Mill Road at 11:45am.
Sid P (c), Dan Y, Pete J, Neville D, Noman J, Fowad M, Zubair A, Atif S, JJ, Kelum J, & Phil W

(Address if going direct is Promenade Park, CM9 5JQ - Arrive by 12:30pm)

Sunday XI - Ardleigh (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:30pm.
Ed P (c), Dan S, Dan Y, Sid P, Pete J, Tony M, Vinnie, Neville D, James B, Justin R & TBC

2 May 2015

A Low-Scoring Affair

The Saturday XI headed off to the Marauders Cicket Ground in Earls Colne to play Coggeshall's 3rd XI today in the Two Counties Championship.

With captain S Pillalamarri keen to bat first, he was happy when the Coggeshall skipper chose to field first upon winning the toss. It seems that Coggeshall knew more about the pitch than the Cavs, as some uneven bounce accounted for M Vinter (0) and Pillalamarri (2) to leave the Cavs 4/2 off 5 overs. It was left to N Jalib and Z Ahmed to rebuild, adding 38 for the third wicket before Jalib was bowled for 10. An attacking fourth wicket partnership of 26 got the Cavs to 68/3, but the dismissal of R Anandraj (10) gave Coggeshall an opening, allowing them to take wickets regularly - Z Ahmed (41) followed shortly afterwards, with J Walton (6), JJ Elliston (0), N Hussain (7) and K Jayasinghe (3) all departing with the Cavaliers yet to pass 100. The innings was finally over after 35.3 overs, with A Sarwar (3) and D Young (1*) seeing the Cavs up to their total of 103 all out, with D McCabe (9-2-27-4) the pick of the opposition bowlers.

The Cavaliers struck early in the second innings, with Z Ahmed (6-2-15-1) having an opener caught behind off his second delivery bowled. With A Sarwar (4-1-14-0) struggling to control the swing on offer, N Hussain was introduced to the attack to good effect - He bowled five maidens to begin his spell and, with Ahmed, ensured that Coggeshall made slow progress, moving from 28/1 in 6 overs to 33/1 off 13ovs. Hussain continued to bowl well, dismissing R Gray (42) to break a second wicket partnership of 54 and then taking two wickets in two balls shortly after. The opposition batsmen proceeded to be cautious against Hussain, preferring to make progress against the bowlers at the other end, with S Pillalamarri (8-1-35-0) and K Jayasinghe (5-0-17-0) struggling to maintain the pressure built by Hussain, who by this point had bowled 14 overs, conceding just four runs for his three wickets. Coggeshall brought up their hundred in the 40th over of the chase (with Hussain finishing with figures of 16-10-10-3) before JJ Elliston (0.3-0-5-1) struck. It was too little, too late for the Cavs though, losing by five wickets... Disappointingly, the second top-scorer for Coggeshall was extras, with 30 (22 wides).

30 April 2015

Teams - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May

Saturday XI - Coggeshall (A) - meet at Mill Road at 12noon.
Sid P (c), Dan Y, Raj A, Vinnie, Noman J, Noman H, Zubair A, Atif S, JJ, Kelum J, & Jon W

(Address if going direct is Earls Colne Road, CO6 2NS - Which one is TBC)

Sunday XI - Chelmsford (A)
Match cancelled due to a lack of players

28 April 2015

PBUK Show DNA The Way

The Property Book Cavaliers continued their midweek campaign tonight, playing DNA Networks at the University.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers batted first. Having lost G Moncrieff (0) in the first over, the Cavs then built a good partnership of 37 between D Dellar (8) & N Hussain before Dellar was run out. N Davidson (15 from 16 balls) then joined Hussain in an entertaining third wicket partnership of 34 to leave the Cavs on 72/3 before a late onslaught between Hussain (45 from 48 balls) & K Jayasinghe (7*) helped see the PBUK Cavs finish on 97/4 from their 12 overs, with Cavs debutant M Rackowe (0*) unlucky to not score from the only ball he faced.

The Cavs started well, with opening bowlers J Rawlings (3-0-20-2) & A Baig (3-0-12-1) keeping things tight. With J Lawson (2-0-20-1) taking his first wicket (of the dangerous A Hammond for 24) for the Cavaliers, and N Hussain (3-0-15-2) keeping the run rate down, DNA were always struggling. With N Davidson (1-0-4-0) contributing a fine one over spell towards the end, DNA needed 35 from the last two overs, but they couldn't quite get to the winning post, ending on 76/6, handing the Property Book Cavaliers a 21 run win.

27 April 2015

Team - Tuesday 28th April

Midweek XI - DNA Networks (A) - meet at Mill Road at 5:15pm or University at 5:45pm.
Darren D (c), Amir B, Greg M, James L, Noman H, Neville D, Marcus R, JJ, Jon R, Kelum J, & Dan Y (Reserve: Tony M)

(Address if going direct is CO4 3SQ)

25 April 2015

Runs Galore for the Cavaliers

Today saw the Saturday XI travel to Kelvedon & Feering CC to play their third XI in the Two Counties Championship.

With captain S Pillalamarri winning his second toss of the season the Cavaliers batted first. With opener F Murtaza running late, the captain stepped up to help set the early pace, scoring 52 runs (from just 59 balls) in an opening partnership of 83 with D Dellar (34), who fell shortly afterwards. With a solid foundation laid, N Jalib and F Murtaza scored the first hundred partnership of 2015 for the Cavs, adding 116 for the third wicket before Jalib was dismissed 'hit wicket' for 55 (61 balls). That dismissal slowed the run rate for a short time, but Murtaza (84* from 70 balls, with 10x4 & 3x6) and Z Ahmed (24* from 19) ensured that the Cavaliers posted an impressive 261/3 from their 45 overs (only 32 runs shy of the club record score!).

After a cap presentation to Murtaza (for his first 50 for the Cavs last week), the second innings started well for the Cavaliers, with opening bowlers A Sarwar (5-1-11-0) and Z Ahmed (5-1-11-0) both swinging the ball into the right-handed openers to have Kelvedon on 28/0 after 10 overs. With change bowlers N Davidson (5-1-20-0) and N Hussain bowling well, the pressure eventually told with Hussain taking two quick wickets, thanks to some great slip catching by Dellar (one low, diving forward, & one above head height). From that point on wickets fell regularly, with K Jayasinghe (replacing Davidson) claiming a couple of wickets on his way to figures of 4-0-25-2. Following a run out by Jalib/Young and another wicket for Hussain (caught behind), Pillalamarri introduced himself to the attack and took two quick wickets to leave Kelvedon floundering on 122/8. With Hussain bowling the Kelvedon #9 to claim his fourth wicket, the chance of a maiden 5-fer (and a cap) was on... Sadly, despite a couple of close LBW and stumping shouts, Pillalamarri (4.2-2-12-3) claimed the last wicket via a stumping to leave N Hussain with fine figures of 13-2-42-4 to go with a well-deserved man of the match award.

22 April 2015

Team - Saturday 25th April

Saturday XI - Kelvedon & Feering (A) - meet at Mill Road at 12noon.
Sid P (c), Darren D, Dan Y, Pete J, Kelum J, Neville D, Noman J, Zubair A, Atif S, Fowad M, & Noman H

(Address if going direct is Rye Mill Lane, CO5 9SB)

21 April 2015

Property Book off to a Flyer

The Property Book Cavaliers began their midweek campaign against IAA tonight at the Mile End recreation ground.

Having won the toss, skipper D Dellar elected to bat first in a game reduced to 10 overs a side, due to a delayed start & an 8pm sunset. The Property Book Cavs got off to a flyer, with 22 coming off the first 2 overs, as E Parry scored at a rate of a run a ball!! Following a tight third over, the pressure told with Parry (8 from 16 balls) bowled by a good delivery by Clarke (1-28). This brought the captain to the crease, and he joined opener G Moncrieff in a second wicket partnership of 34 before Moncrieff (30 from 25 balls) was bowled. Thanks to some good running & some powerful hitting, Dellar (43 from 26 balls) and N Jalib (18 from 12) got the Property Book Cavaliers up to 109/2 from their 10 overs.

The IAA reply got off to a poor start, with a farcical run out in the first over of the chase followed by a wicket for J Rawlings (caught by the returning J Walton) in the second over of the innings to leave IAA struggling at 5/2. A solid third wicket partnership got IAA into a good position, but the golden arm of T Crayston (1-9) created an opening. Another run out (thanks to good communication between Jalib, Young & Dellar) removed the other set batsman to leave Rawlings (2-17) the job of closing out the innings as the PBUK Cavaliers won by 14 runs, with IAA finishing their 10 overs on 95/5.

Cavaliers Tour to Derbyshire: 22nd-25th May 2015

The Cavaliers are off on tour once again to Derbyshire! We head up on Friday 22nd May and will be staying at Holly House school again. Our fixtures are as follows:Fri 22nd - Chatsworth House (T20, 6pm start)
Sat 23rd - Langwith
(40 overs a side, 1:30pm)
Sun 24th - Hathersage (40 overs a side, 2pm)
Mon 25th - Elton
(40 overs a side, 2pm)
 
The cost for the weekend is just £90, which includes accommodation, breakfast, match fees and teas, which is fantastic value. It's a great social weekend of relaxed cricket at some fantastic grounds, so why not give it a try?!?


If you're interested in coming on tour, or would like more information, please let one of Peter Johnson, Dan Young or Phil Sadler know - If we don't get numbers confirmed soon we may be forced to cancel.

20 April 2015

Team - Tuesday 21st April

Midweek XI - IAA (A) - meet at Mill Road at 5:30pm or Mile End at 5:45pm.
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Noman J, Greg M, James L, Noman H, Corin H, Steve C, Tom C, Ed P, & Jon R/Tony M

(Address if going direct is Fords Lane, CO4 5FS)

18 April 2015

Saturday XI off to a Winning Start

The Cavaliers started their Two Counties campaign with a trip away to Copford 2nds.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers elected to bat first on a good-looking Copford pitch. With F Murtaza in an attacking mood, the Cavs raced along at over six runs per over, with Murtaza earning his club cap with a 33-ball maiden fifty for the club (8x4, 2x6). Shortly after reaching the landmark Murtaza (50) was bowled, ending an opening partnership of 68 with D Dellar. A flurry of wickets the slowed the run rate, with Z Ahmed (1), Dellar (22), S Pillalamarri (0) & S Anandraj (0) all falling in quick succession to leave the Cavaliers on 89/5. A good attacking partnership of 37 for the sixth wicket between K Hemstedt & N Jalib helped to steady the innings, with both players hitting some fine shots before Hemstedt was bowled for 24 (from just 28 balls). P Johnson now joined Jalib in a 40-run partnership, with Jalib (47 from 51 balls) falling just short of a deserved half-century. With Johnson (11) & A Sarwar (18) adding some valuable lower-order runs before being dismissed, N Davidson (26*) took it upon himself to provide an attacking (& highly entertaining) innings in an unbeaten partnership of 25 for the tenth wicket with D Young (5*). From 89/5, the Cavs recovered to 228/9 from their 45 overs, with M Seagrove (11-2-48-4) the pick of the Copford bowlers.

The Copford reply got off to a confident start, with an opening stand of 82 in the face of serious pace from A Sarwar (7-0-42-0) and accuracy from Z Ahmed (5-1-11-0 in his opening spell). A change in bowling saw N Davidson and S Pillalamarri (who bowled a succession of maidens after going for 19 in his first two overs) apply some pressure, with Davidson bowling Copford's leading batsman of the year, Samaranayake, for 49. The first wicket provided an opening, and N Davidson took full advantage to claim figures of 9-2-37-4, narrowly missing out on a cap & a hat-trick. With Copford wobbling on 96/4, a fifth wicket partnership of 38 had the Cavs on the back foot before N Jalib & D Young combined to run out R Soteriou (24). Pillalamarri (15-5-54-1) then had I Humm stumped and Z Ahmed returned to take two wickets, on his way to figures of 10-1-28-2, to put the Cavs in a very strong position. A late dropped catch cost Ahmed a third wicket, but Copford couldn't reach their target, ending on 182/8 as the Cavaliers won by 46 runs to claim 19pts (out of a possible 20).