Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

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).