Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

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).

15 April 2015

Team - Saturday 18th April

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

(Address if going direct is Aldercar Road, CO6 1DG)

12 April 2015

Tough Start for the Cavaliers

The Cavaliers started their 2015 season with a trip to Little Bardfield Village in the NECL for the Sunday XI.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first. Stand-in captain Dan Smith decided to open the bowling with T Mayhew (4-0-21-0) who bowled well considering the heavy winds which prevented the use of bails throughout the match. Tony's opening partner J Bardell also bowled admirably, and was unlucky to not be awarded an LBW shout during his opening spell of 6-0-32-0. The LBV openers were then slowed by N Hussain's (9-2-35-0) left armers (using the wind and pitch conditions to full effect) and returning Cavalier A Baig (3-0-15-1), who managed to break the opening partnership of 86 with a well bowled googly to trap the dangerous D Hymas LBW for 47 - Sadly that was Amir's last contribution in the field as he pulled a hamstring in the field in the next over.

The LBV batsmen went on the attack for the second half of the innings, with T Graham (79) and A Kemp (70*) taking LBV to 163 before F Murtaza (4-0-31-1) trapped the Graham LBW. Despite hostile bowling from A Sarwar (5-0-52-0), N Davidson (2-0-24-0), and the returning J Bardell (finishing with 9-0-60-0), the LBV batsmen accelerated to post an imposing 272/2, with their #4, B Baker, reaching his fifty off the last ball of the innings with a six.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a bad start, with Baig out off the third ball of the innings for a duck. N Jalib (4) and D Smith got the Cavaliers to 18/1 before Jalib and S Pillalamarri (2) fell in quick succession to leave the Cavs 22/3 after good bowling from the LBV opening pair of T Graham (5-2-12-1) & M Graham (3-0-7-2). A fluent partnership of 27 for the fourth wicket between Smith and F Murtaza gave the Cavaliers a glimmer of hope, but a good diving catch behind accounted for Fowad (12), followed by ducks for N Hussain (run out after facing 1 ball) and A Sarwar (two quick wickets for B Baker, giving him figures of 6-4-8-2). With the Cavs in trouble at 52/6, LBV eased the pressure and rotated the bowlers, giving Smith and J Bardell a chance to build a partnership of 74 for the seventh wicket - After a flurry of boundaries Smith was eventually bowled for 58 by U13 dynamo C Hymas (4-0-47-1). Sensing a change in fortunes, Bardfield brought back opening bowler M Graham who quickly claimed the wickets of Bardell (34) and D Young (0) on his way to final figures of 6-1-11-4. An entertaining tenth wicket partnership between N Davidson (12*) and Mayhew (2) got the Cavaliers up to 144, losing by 128 runs in difficult conditions.

9 April 2015

Team - Sunday 12th April

Sunday XI - Little Bardfield Village (A) - meet at Mill Road at 11.30am.
Dan S (c), Dan Y (WK), Amir B, Noman J, Noman H, James B, Neville D, Sid P, Fowad,Tony M & Atif S

(Address if going direct is Church End, CM7 4TT)