Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

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