Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

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