Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

14 October 2016

Cavaliers AGM & Awards Night

We are holding our Annual General Meeting a little later this year, on Saturday 4th February in the Colchester & EE pavilion at Castle Park - Please arrive at 7:30pm for an 8pm start. 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 2017 season - Current vacancies include the Saturday vice-captaincy, the Sunday captaincy and Sunday vice-captaincy, but you can run for the other roles if you have an interest.

If you would like to put your name forward for any of the roles, or have an item for the agenda, please let Dan Y know. As with the last couple of years, food 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. The start time for the meeting will be announced closer to the time.

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 2016 award. As with last 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!

24 September 2016

2016 High Partnerships

Highest partnerships for each wicket in 2016:

1st wicket - 95* (D Dellar & F Murtaza vs Maldon, 14/05/16)
2nd wicket - 267 (D Dellar & F Murtaza vs Witham, 09/07/16) **NEW CLUB RECORD**
3rd wicket - 108 (M Vinter & P Sadler vs Kirby, 15/05/16)
4th wicket - 62 (M Nadeem & T Hijazi vs Halstead, 22/05/16)
5th wicket - 105 (E Parry & N Hussain vs Abberton, 07/08/16)
6th wicket - 90 (P Johnson & T Hijazi vs Boxted, 23/07/16)
7th wicket - 80 (F Murtaza & P Singh vs Kelvedon & Feering, 04/06/16)
8th wicket - 70 (M Vinter & N Davidson vs Kirby, 15/05/16)
9th wicket - 23* (P Singh & U Ghani vs Boxted, 23/07/16)
10th wicket - 29* (H Tuckwell & T Mayhew vs Kelvedon & Feering, 18/09/16)

Plenty of good batting this year, with a few fifty and hundred partnerships not mentioned in the list above - Well batted Cavs!

23 September 2016

2016 Fielding Stats

See below for the stats relating to outfield catches and wicketkeeper dismissals across all games for the Cavaliers during the 2016 season.

D Young - 21 (14ct, 7st)
JJ Elliston - 3 (2ct, 1st)
N Jalib - 2 (2st)
D Smith - 2 (1ct, 1st)
D Dellar - 1 (1ct)

Outfield Catches:
12 - N Davidson
7 - N Hussain
6 - N Jalib
5 - S Gilhooly, R Rasheed
4 - D Dellar, U Ghani, D Smith
3 - K Hemstedt, P Johnson, F Murtaza, E Parry, J Samwell, P Singh, M Vinter
2 - T Hijazi, T Mayhew, M Nadeem
1 - R Akhlaq, S Anandraj, JJ Elliston, K Jalib, J Lawson, S Pillalamarri, P Sadler

Congratulations to everyone who held their catches!

18 September 2016

Season Ends in Defeat

The Sunday XI travelled to Kelvedon today for the last game of the 2016 season for the Cavaliers.

Having lost the toss, the Cavs were asked to field first. Opening bowlers R Rasheed (9-2-33-0) and N Davidson bowled well, but without much luck - Davidson taking a caught and bowled chance as Kelvedon reached 90/1 off of 19.3 overs. With catches being dropped, inside edges just missing the stumps, and the ball just beating the bat repeatedly, it was left to J Samwell (5-0-27-1) to claim the second wicket via a stumping by D Young. More missed chances came off the bowling of T Mayhew (8-0-53-0) and D Smith, but the captain bowled a fine spell to end with figures of 9-0-31-4 while the returning N Davidson (9-0-50-3) claimed two late wickets - One of which was an excellent one-handed catch by M Vinter, who bravely continued to field despite a suspected broken thumb on his left hand. A good bowling performance from the Cavaliers saw Kelvedon end their 40 overs on 198/8, though the score could've been much lower if chances were taken.

The Cavaliers reply saw 28 runs added in the first 7 overs before D Young (8) was the first dismissed batsman. A second wicket partnership of 36 between R Akhlaq and D Smith continued the good work of the batsmen before Akhlaq was dismissed for 33 (his highest Cavs score). Poised at the promising position of 81/2 at drinks (20 overs), a familiar collapse saw Smith (29), T Hijazi (0), M Nadeem (5) and M Vinter (4) all out as the score slumped to 87/6 after 25.3 overs. From 98/6, two more quick wickets saw the Cavs slip to 99/8 as R Rasheed (10) and N Davidson (1) both departed. A ninth wicket partnership of 17 between H Tuckwell and J Samwell saw the Cavs pick up a batting point, with Samwell (9) unfurling a couple of great shots in his innings. An unbeaten tenth wicket partnership of 29* between Tuckwell (6* from 48 balls) and T Mayhew (4* from 27 balls) meant the Cavaliers ended on 145/9 after 40 overs, losing by 53 runs.

16 September 2016

Team - Sunday 18th September

Sunday XI - Kelvedon & Feering (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or let Dan S know if you are going direct (CO5 9SB).
Dan S, Dan Y, Vinnie, Raheel A, Nadeem, Tariq H, Harrison T, Raouf R, Neville D, Jarran S & Tony M


8 September 2016

Match Cancellation

Sunday's match against West Mersea will not be played as West Mersea have conceded the fixture to us due to a lack of players. Thank you to all of you who made themselves available.

4 September 2016

Cavs Fall Short at Bergholt

The Sunday XI travelled to West Bergholt today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavs fielded first, with N Davidson two early breakthroughs (both caught by N Hussain) while J Walton (4-0-23-0) and M Nadeem (4-0-27-0) bowled at the other end. The combination of N Hussain (9-1-31-2) and R Rasheed (8-1-23-2) then accounted for the rest of the Bergholt top order, including the wicket of M Rogers for 73. With T Mayhew (2-0-12-1) and C Finch (2-0-21-0) proving expensive, D Smith (2-0-3-0) turned to himself to close out the innings from one end while the returning Davidson claimed three wickets in his second spell, claiming his 5-fer off the last ball of the innings, on his way to figures of 9-1-45-5 as Bergholt were all out for 191 in their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply saw early wickets fall, with R Akhlaq (7), D Smith (3) and M Vinter (14) all out as the score slipped to 26/3. A fourth wicket partnership of 23 between J Walton (8) and M Nadeem (14) helped the Cavs recover, but both batsmen were out in close succession. N Hussain and D Young then got the score up to 72/5, but Young (6) and Hussain (15) continued the trend of batsmen falling in groups as the score reached 74/7. The Cavaliers went on to only add a further 44 runs, with R Rasheed combining with N Davidson (3) and C Finch - Rasheed was eventually stumped after scoring a fine 40 (including three sixes!). With Finch (0) bowled soon after (with T Mayhew on 0*), the Cavs were all out for 118 in 32.1 overs, losing by 73 runs.

2 September 2016

Team - Sunday 4th September

Sunday XI - West Bergholt (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:45am or let Dan S know if you are going direct (CO6 3JQ).
Dan S, Vinnie, Jon W, Nadeem, Raheel A, Noman H, Dan Y, Raouf R, Neville D, Craig F & Tony M

27 August 2016

Cavs Run Dunmow Close

The Cavaliers hosted Dunmow at Mill Road today in a top of the table clash in the Two Counties Championship.

With stand-in captain D Young winning the toss the Cavaliers fielded first, with opening bowlers R Rasheed (8-0-34-0) and M Nadeem (5-1-33-0) bowling well, but unlucky to see several dropped catches off their bowling. First change bowler U Ghani eventually made the breakthrough, bowling one opener before having the Dunmow #3 caught behind by Young. With Ghani bowling well at one end, N Hussain claimed two wickets in one over (both caught behind by Young) before claiming regular wickets in the Dunmow middle order. After a fine spell from Ghani (13-2-54-2), J Samwell (1-0-11-0) and P Singh (1-0-6-2) had short spells before Hussain (12.1-4-33-6) claimed the final wicket (a fourth catch for Young) as Dunmow were all out for 184 in 40.1 overs.

The Cavs reply saw P Singh (0) out early, but a hard hitting innings from M Nadeem gave the innings some momentum as he and N Jalib got the score to 46/1 before it slipped to 61/5 as Nadeem (29), R Akhlaq (3), N Jalib (22) and T Hijazi (0) were all dismissed. A sixth wicket partnership of 36 between N Hussain and R Rasheed got the Cavaliers up to 97 before Rasheed (20) was caught. With the game in the balance, Hussain and Young combined in a seventh wicket partnership of 54, reducing the target to 33 required off 18 overs, before Young (22) top-edged a pull to the Dunmow keeper to make the score 151/7. With U Ghani (2), C Finch (0) and J Samwell (0) all dismissed cheaply, Hussain was left standed on 46* as the Cavaliers ended all out for 156 all out in 33 overs, losing by 28 runs.

The Cavaliers end the season as Division 9 South runners-up, with Dunmow claiming the title.

26 August 2016

Team - Saturday 27th August

Saturday XI - Dunmow (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan Y (c/wk), Nadeem, Noman J, Pritish S, Raheel I, Noman H, Tariq H, Raouf R, Usman G, Craig F, Jarran S

15 August 2016

Teams - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August

Saturday XI - Kelvedon & Feering (A) - meet at Mill Road by TBC or let Darren know if going direct (CO5 9SB).
Darren D (c), Jon W, Raouf R, Pritish S, Karl H, Pete J, Jarran S, Tariq H, JJ, Noman J & TBC

Sunday XI - Springfield (A) - meet at Mill Road by TBC or let Dan S know if going direct (CM2 6AF).
Match conceded due to a lack of players

14 August 2016

Day of the Nomans

The Saturday XI played Eight Ash Green at Mill Road yesterday.

The Cavaliers won the toss and elected to field first on a green tinged wicket, with JJ Elliston (6-1-36-1) claiming an early wicket while K Hemstedt (6-1-28-0) toiled at the other end. With the Green's second wicket partnership adding 62 runs while riding their luck, skipper D Dellar turned to his spinners, with N Hussain breaking the partnership to leave EAG 73/2. With Hussain and T Hijazi (6-2-12-0) keeping the run rate down, a run out by Hussain/D Young accounted for the next wicket. With Hussain continuing to take wickets, J Samwell (3-0-18-0) replaced Hijazi at the other end, but the 10-man Eight Ash Green team had no answer to a rampant Hussain, who finished with excellent figures of 9-2-32-7 as they were dismissed for 118 in 30 overs.

The Cavaliers, chasing 119 in 60 overs, got off to a solid start in their run chase reaching 47 before D Dellar (19) was trapped LBW. With M Vinter (35*) going well at the other end, Cavs #3 N Jalib unfurled his range of scoring shots in an unbeaten stand of 73 for the second wicket, with Jalib (50*) hitting a four to win the match and bring up his fifty (from just 27 balls) as the Cavs scored 120/1 in 21.5 overs in a comprehensive 9 wicket victory.

11 August 2016

Team - Saturday 13th August

Saturday XI - Eight Ash Green (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Darren (c), Dan Y, Tariq H, Noman J, Noman H, Pete J, Jarran S, JJ, Vinnie, Karl H & TBC

7 August 2016

Hussain Heroics in Vain

The Sunday XI welcomed Abberton to Mill Road today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first with M Nadeem (5-0-34-0) and N Davidson (6-1-27-0) opening the bowling. The introduction of N Hussain and U Ghani (9-1-31-0) helped to reduce the run-rate, with D Young claiming two stumpings as Hussain finished with excellent figures of 9-4-14-3. With D Smith (4-0-26-1) taking the fourth wicket to fall (caught by Young via a parry by slip), it was left to T Mayhew (5-0-55-0) and C Finch (2-0-11-0) to finish off the innings as Abberton posted 207/4 off their 40 overs with opening batsman M Sullivan scoring 141*.

The Cavaliers reply saw opening batsman D Young (4) dismissed in the second over before the score progressed to 30/1. The dismissals of A Corcos (11), D Smith (15) and M Nadeem (1) saw the score slip to 39/4, but a superb fifth wicket partnership between E Parry and N Hussain lead to a Cavaliers recovery. The pair added 105 together in 23 overs, with Hussain (54) scoring his maiden fifty in 67 balls before being run out via a direct hit. With J Patel (0) falling soon afterwards, it was left to Parry (42*) and N Davidson (4*) to see the Cavs up to their final total of 155/6, losing by 52 runs.

Unbeaten Record Ended

The Saturday XI played West Mersea yesterday at Mill Road.

The Cavaliers fielded first and took early wickets through K Hemstedt (6-1-24-1) and C Finch (3-0-24-1) before turning to spinners N Hussain and J Samwell (5-1-21-0). The Cavs continued to chip away at the Mersea batting line up as Hussain claimed wickets as well as T Hijazi (7-1-21-1) and J Patel (4-0-9-1). With P Singh (3-0-7-0) and R Ikhlaq (1-0-7-0) bowling short spells, it was left to Hussain (13-4-20-4) to claim the last wicket as West Mersea were all out for 138 in 42 overs.

The Cavaliers reply saw S Pillalamarri (2) dismissed early on before the two quick wickets of P Singh (12) and J Patel (0) saw the Cavs slip to 19/3. A fourth wicket partnership of 20 saw the Cavs steady the innings somewhat, but both R Ikhlaq (12) and P Johnson (8) were dismissed in quick succession as the score reached 45/5 in the fourteenth over. With D Dellar (10), T Hijazi (0) and N Hussain (16) the next three wickets to fall, the Cavaliers were struggling on 73/8 before a double-wicket maiden from S Smith (13-4-35-6) accounted for K Hemstedt (5) and J Samwell (0) as the Cavs were all out for 84 resulting in a 54 run loss, with C Finch (7*) the undefeated batsman.

4 August 2016

Teams - Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

Saturday XI - West Mersea (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Darren D (c), Sid P, Noman H, Tariq H, Raheel I, Jarran S, Pete J, Craig F, Karl H, Raouf R & Pritish S

Sunday XI - Abberton (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Usman G, Javed P, Noman H, Nadeem, Tony M, Neville D, Craig F, Alex C & Ed P

31 July 2016

Copdock Cause Cavs Collapse

The Sunday XI hosted Copdock & OI at Mill Road today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first. Copdock added 44 for the first wicket against the bowling of M Nadeem and N Davidson (4-0-22-0) before Nadeem (7-0-38-1) broke the partnership via a good catch at cover by N Jalib. The bowling of R Rasheed (9-0-42-2) accounted for the next two wickets before D Smith claimed two excellent caught & bowled wickets - The second a great diving catch to dismiss D Searle (48). With Nadeem taking an excellent catch, Smith ended with figures of 9-1-46-3 before U Ghani (3.4-1-23-4) mopped up the tail while C Finch (2-0-13-0) replaced Smith. Copdock ended on 185 all out from 35.4 overs, with F Ward (53) the last man out.

The Cavs reply got off to a slow start against some good bowling, with openers M Vinter (5) and D Young (5) both falling to F Ward (6-1-7-2) as they reached 21/2 off 11 overs. A third wicket partnership of 38 between N Jalib (29) and M Nadeem (12) got the Cavs up to 59/2, but both fell in quick succession to S Gauke as the score slipped to 63/4. A familiar collapse then saw D Smith (4), R Rasheed (0), H Tuckwell (0) and N Davidson (0) all out as Gauke claimed his 5-fer. R Ikhlaq had watched wickets fall at the other end, coming in at 59/3, but he was ninth man out - Run out for 16 with the score 79/9. The last pair of U Ghani and C Finch (1*) added 7 together, but Ghani (3) was out to Gauke (6.2-1-17-6) as the Cavaliers were all out for 86, losing by 99 runs.

29 July 2016

Teams - Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July

Saturday XI - Maldon (H) - Match conceded by Maldon.
Darren D (c), JJ, Pritish S, Atif S, Javed P, Karl H, Vinnie, Jarran S, Pete J, Tariq H & Kaiser C

Sunday XI - Copdock & OI (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Noman J, Dan Y, Harrison T, Craig F, Vinnie, Neville D, Nadeem, Raouf R, Raheel I & Usman G

24 July 2016

Catching & Collapse Costs Cavs

The Sunday XI travelled to Halstead today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers found themselves fielding first as Halstead saw off opening spells from R Rasheed and N Davidson, as well as a spell from U Ghani (9-0-50-0), before T Mayhew (9-1-56-1) broke the 100 run opening stand via a leg-side catch by D Young. A second wicket stand of 70 was then broken by M Nadeem (7-0-57-1) while J Samwell (4-0-35-0) toiled at the other end. With Halstead looking to accelerate, captain N Jalib turned to R Rasheed (6-0-47-0) and N Davidson (5-0-39-1), with the latter picking up the wicket of Halstead opener H Veal (177) in the penultimate over of the innings. Halstead ended their 40 overs on an imposing 288/3, despite a committed effort in the field by the Cavaliers (which unfortunately included a couple of dropped catches).

The Cavaliers reply got off to a poor start, with D Young (0) caught behind in the third over. The Cavs recovered to 30/1 but the wickets of N Jalib (22), M Nadeem (4) and R Rasheed (1) saw the score slip to 40/4. The wicket of U Ghani (6) brought N Davidson to the crease, and he added 28 for the sixth wicket with M Vinter. With the Cavaliers recovering to 84/5, a collapse of monumental proportions saw Davidson (4), J Samwell (0), M Vinter (31), H Tuckwell (0) and T Mayhew (0) all dismissed - All five falling without a run being added, as the Cavaliers were all out for 84 with J Patel (0*) the not out batsman as the Cavs lost by 204 runs.

23 July 2016

Cavs Do the Double on Boxted

The Saturday XI hosted Boxted at Mill Road today.

Having won the toss the Cavaliers batted first with D Dellar (8) adding 35 with J Walton for the first wicket. A second wicket partnership of 62 put the Cavaliers in a strong position by the time F Murtaza (36) was dismissed. J Walton brought up his second Cavaliers fifty (from 48 balls) before being dismissed for 50 from 51 balls as the Cavs reached 118/3 in 19 overs. The wickets of R Ikhlaq (16) and D Young (5) soon followed to leave the Cavs 133/5 at the halfway point, but an outstanding sixth wicket partnership of 90 between P Johnson and T Hijazi (who scored his maiden Cavaliers fifty from 45 balls) helped the Cavs reach a healthy 223/5 before the dismissals of Hijazi (52), Johnson (27) and R Rasheed (0) saw the score slip to 231/8, with P Singh (15*) and U Ghani (6*) seeing the Cavaliers up to their final total of 254/8 from their 45 overs.

The Cavs defence of their total started well, with Rasheed bowling an excellent opening spell of 3-1-4-3, bowling with good pace and swing (and two fantastic swinging yorkers to bowl two batsmen), while K Hemstedt (3-3-0-2) bowled an excellent spell at the other end, giving away no runs. With U Ghani (3-2-2-1) bowling a wicket maiden with his first over, Boxted were reduced to 5/6 and captain D Dellar began to shuffle his pack of bowlers, allowing P Singh (3-1-4-1) to bowl as Boxted limped to 14/7 before an eighth wicket partnership of 25 helped Boxted recover to 39/7 as spells from R Ikhlaq (2-2-0-0), P Johnson (2-0-15-0) and J Walton (2-0-12-0) were negotiated. Spells from F Murtaza (2-1-1-1) and T Hijazi (2-1-3-1) then reduced Boxted to 42/9 before Rasheed (4.4-1-5-4) returned to end the Boxted innings with midweek Cavalier T Crayston (17*) the undefeated batsman as Boxted were all out for 45 - A 209 run win for the Cavaliers.

21 July 2016

Teams - Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July

Saturday XI - Boxted (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Usman G, Pete J, Fowad M, Pritish S, Raheel I, Karl H, Jon W, Tariq H & Raouf R

Sunday XI - Halstead (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:50am.
Noman J (c), Dan Y, Javed P, Tony M, Usman G, Jarran S, Nadeem, Raouf R, Vinnie, Neville D & Harrison T

17 July 2016

Cavs Claim Another Victory

The Sunday XI hosted Kirby today, looking for back-to-back wins in the NECL and the 'double' over Kirby.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers found themselves batting. Kirby's bowlers got off to a good start with D Smith (3) out early as the Cavs scored just eight runs from the first six overs. The wickets of M Vinter (16) and E Parry (6) saw the score slip to 39/3, but a fourth wicket partnership of 42 between N Jalib (23) and T Hijazi (28) helped the Cavs recover before both batsmen fell in quick succession to leave the score on 82/5 with a collapse looking possible. A counterattacking sixth wicket partnership of 57 (with nine boundaries) between J Rishworth (32) and D Young made the scoreboard look healthier before N Davidson (5*) and Young added a further 20 for the seventh wicket to see the score up to 159/6 with one over remaining. With big shots required, Young was dismissed for a career-best 30, followed by J Samwell (0), before C Finch (1*) took a single off the last ball to see the Cavaliers up to their final score of 161/8 in 40 overs.

The Cavaliers opened the bowling with J Rishworth and N Davidson, with both bowlers bowling economically (Davidson going for 10 off his first over before returning an opening spell of 6-3-17-0) before Rishworth (6-0-16-1) dismissed the dangerous K Parkes (14). A second wicket partnership of 50 but Kirby in the strong position of 82/1 after 22 overs, but an excellent running catch by T Hijazi off the bowling of J Samwell (9-1-36-1) gave Samwell his first Cavaliers wicket. Kirby passed 100 in the 29th over, but wickets for T Mayhew (9-1-34-1) and D Smith (5-0-11-1) in successive overs saw two wickets fall with the score on 104. The introduction of C Finch (3-0-15-2) brought two wickets in four balls (both falling with the score on 111) to put the Cavs in a commanding position before Davidson (8-3-25-1) returned to take a wicket off the last ball of the innings as Kirby finished their 40 overs on 138/7 - The Cavaliers claiming a 23 run win.

14 July 2016

Team - Sunday 17th July

Sunday XI - Kirby (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Noman J, Dan Y, Vinnie, Tony M, Tariq H, Ed P, Jarran S, Neville D, Craig F & Justin R

11 July 2016

Team Effort Overcomes West Mersea

The Sunday XI played West Mersea at Mill Road yesterday.

After losing the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field as Mersea added 43 runs for the first wicket against opening bowlers R Rasheed (5-0-17-0) and M Nadeem. The breakthrough eventually came via an LBW for Nadeem, which was followed by a wicket for P Singh and a second for Nadeem (8-2-16-2), who removed the dangerous L Conway for 8 (caught by Rasheed). Mersea then set about recovering via a fourth wicket partnership, reaching 73/3, but a sequence of four wicket-maidens from P Singh (8-3-19-3) and T Mayhew (8-2-23-2, with both wickets coming via stumpings by N Jalib) saw the opposition slip to 73/7. With T Hijazi (4-1-9-1) claiming the eighth wicket to fall, it was left to C Finch (1-0-8-2) to take the final two wickets (both bowled) as West Mersea were all out for 107 in 34 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a slow start as the Mersea opening bowlers kept things tight, leading to opener M Vinter (0) and P Singh (4) both falling to the bowling of Conway (8-3-18-2). Soon after the wickets fell, the runs started to come more easily for the Cavs as skipper N Jalib (51*) set a fine example to his team in an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 97 with the quick-scoring M Nadeem (47*) as the Cavaliers scored 111/2 in 26.2 overs as they won by 8 wickets.

10 July 2016

Records Tumble in Big Cavs Win

The Saturday XI hosted Witham today at Mill Road.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers elected to bat first on a good looking wicket. Opening batsmen D Dellar and J Walton started watchfully, but set a good platform for the innings by adding 47 for the first wicket before Walton was caught behind for 24. His dismissal brought F Murtaza to the crease, and he joined Dellar in a 31.2 over record-breaking second wicket partnership! The pair added a mind-boggling 267 runs together (beating the previous record of 229* between S Gilhooly and R Smith), with Murtaza bringing his maiden Cavaliers century up in just 68 balls, and Dellar registering his second century in for the Cavs in 101 balls. Both players were also in the middle as the score passed the previous club record of 293/7, with the stand eventually broken with the score on 314 when Murtaza (141 from 96 balls, 23 x 4, 1 x 6) was caught seeking quick runs. The wickets of JJ Elliston (4) and Dellar (124 from 125 balls, 21 x 4) soon followed, but the pairing of K Hemstedt (14* from 7 balls) and P Johnson (2*) saw the Cavaliers up to their highly impressive final score of 342/4 from their 45 overs - Smashing the previous club record by 49 runs!

The Cavs started the defence of their huge total with R Rasheed (7-1-22-0) and N Davidson bowling economically, with Davidson claiming wickets in each of his last three overs (including a double-wicket maiden) on his way to impressive figures of 7-3-18-4 as he dismissed all of the Witham top four! First change bowler J Samwell (5-0-22-0) was unlucky to not claim his maiden Cavaliers wicket, but fellow spinner U Ghani bowled a fine spell of off-spin, claiming a hat-trick (and a much-coveted Cavaliers cap) on his way to figures of 4-0-14-4. With the end of the match approaching, captain Dellar turned to K Hemstedt (3-0-21-1) and JJ Elliston (3.2-0-5-1) to finish off the innings as Witham were all out for 110 in 29.2 overs - The Cavaliers winning by a record-breaking margin of 232 runs (beating the previous record of 216 runs against Tendring in 2008).

7 July 2016

Teams - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July

Saturday XI - Witham (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Raouf R, Usman G, Jarran S, Karl H, Pete J, Neville D, JJ, Fowad M & Jon W

Sunday XI - West Mersea (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Noman J (c), Craig F, Vinnie, Nadeem, Pritish S, Tariq H, Tony M, Raheel I, Javed P, Kashan J & Raouf R

6 July 2016

Cavs Lose Despite Singh Heroics

The Property Book Cavaliers hosted Real Oddies tonight in the CECL.

The PBUK Cavs fielded first, with N Davidson (3-0-35-0), J Walton (2-0-25-0), debutant J Samwell (3-0-26-0) and J Rawlings (3-0-20-0) all bowling unsuccessful spells against the Real Oddies openers M Hall (39) and J Hambrook (92), who added 112 for the first wicket. The introduction of P Singh then gave the Cavs their first breakthrough, thanks to a ripper of a ball which clipped Hall's pads before clipping the off bail. With Singh claiming a second wicket in the same over, followed by a maiden, he returned superb figures of 2-1-8-2, while J Lawson (2-0-38-1) removed the dangerous Hambrook via a good catch at long-off by S Anandraj. The Oddies ended their innings on 158/3 from their 15 overs.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a steady start despite the loss of openers S Anandraj (3) and N Jalib (12). A very handy third wicket partnership of 63 between P Singh and JJ Elliston then got the Cavs up to 91/2 in just under 9 overs, with Singh striking his first fifty for the club from just 33 balls! The dismissal of Singh (56 from 38 balls) didn't slow the Cavs though - the game was well balanced at 104/3 after 10 overs, but the wickets of J Lawson (2) and N Davidson (0) resulted in a wicket-maiden to put the pressure back on. The PBUK Cavaliers then slumped to 120/8 as the wickets of H Tuckwell (1), Elliston (32) and J Samwell (1) fell in quick succession. With just under two overs left to get the required 39 runs J Rawlings (6) was out chasing quick runs, leaving J Walton (8*) and D Young (5*) to see the Cavs up to their final total of 137/9, losing by 21 runs.

3 July 2016

Mixed Fielding Followed By a Collapse

The Sunday XI hosted Kelvedon & Feering today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first. Opening bowlers R Rasheed and N Davidson endured an unlucky start to the day, with dropped catches and a wicket off a no ball proving frustrating. Eventually both bowlers made breakthroughs, with Davidson bowling one opener and Rasheed (9-2-20-1) having the Kelvedon #3 caught by a diving D Young. Kelvedon then rebuilt through a third wicket stand of 32 before veteran bowler T Mayhew (9-0-32-2) struck twice in two overs (and was unlucky to not claim a third due to another drop) - The second of his wickets courtesy of a fine running catch by M Nadeem. It was then the turn of U Ghani (8-0-39-1) to claim a wicket, thanks to a good catch by N Davidson despite the close attention of Rasheed providing a collision in the field. Ghani bowled much better than his figures suggest, with good turn and bounce bamboozling more than one batsmen. The introduction of M Nadeem (4-0-27-3) to the attack saw the Cavs claim regular wickets while J Patel (1-0-8-0) replaced Mayhew. It was then left to the returning Davidson (8.5-1-35-3) to finish the innings, taking two wickets in the last over, as Kelvedon made 170 all out in 39.5 overs. Despite some stunning catches, misfields and drops probably meant that Kelvedon got 40-50 runs more than the Cavs would've liked...

The Cavaliers reply got off to an awful start as M Vinter (0) was run out in the first over. An excellent second wicket partnership of 68 between D Smith and N Jalib saw the Cavs up to 71/1, but the dismissal of Smith for 42 triggered the type of collapse that only the Cavaliers seem capable of, as M Nadeem (0) and D Young (0) both departed quickly to leave the Cavs 74/5. N Jalib and R Rasheed then saw the score reach 82/4, but the wickets of Rasheed (4), N Jalib (16), K Jalib (0) and N Davidson (1) saw the Cavs slump to 84/8. The ninth wicket partnership of 14 was the second-highest of the innings for the Cavaliers, but the wickets of U Ghani (9) and J Patel (7) meant the Cavaliers were all out for 104, losing by 66 runs, with T Mayhew (0*) adding to his 'not out collection'.

30 June 2016

Teams - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July

Saturday XI - West Bergholt (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12noon or let Darren know if going direct (CO6 3JQ).
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Noman H, Vinnie, Javed P, Pete J, Nadeem, Usman G, Raouf R, Neville D & TBC  MATCH CANCELLED

Sunday XI - Kelvedon & Feering (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Noman J, Ed P, Javed P, Tony M, Nadeem, Justin R, Raouf R, Neville D & Kashan J

25 June 2016

Match Cancellation - Springfield (H)

Tomorrow's match against Springfield at Mill Road in the NECL has been cancelled due to an unplayable pitch.

Rain Halts Cavs Recovery

The Saturday XI travelled to Witham today.

After driving through a few showers on the way to the game, Witham won the toss and elected to field first. Cavaliers openers D Dellar and M Nadeem started positively, with Nadeem displaying some impressive hitting before being bowled for 15. Next man F Murtaza (12) started aggressively, hitting three fours in his first four balls, but his dismissal was soon followed by that of Dellar (21), with young leg-spinner B Tinham taking both wickets. A fourth wicket partnership of 33 between JJ Elliston and K Hemstedt saw the Cavs rebuild, but the dismissal of Hemstedt (12) left the innings precariously placed at 85/4. What followed was a middle order recovery as a counter-attacking A Sarwar (37 from just 26 balls) joined Elliston (36) in a fifth wicket partnership of 46 before they were both dismissed by Tinham (12-0-67-5) within 14 balls. An unbeaten seventh wicket partnership of 51 between P Johnson (22*) and an attacking R Rasheed (28* from 22 balls) saw the Cavaliers up to their final total of 195/6 from 40 overs.

Sadly heavy rain arrived during the tea break, eventually leading to the abandonment of the game at the halfway stage, denying the Cavaliers a chance to defend their total.

23 June 2016

Teams - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June

Saturday XI - Witham (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12noon or let Darren know if going direct (CM8 1HN).
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Atif S, Raouf R, Peter J, Karl H, Neville D, Usman G, Fowad M, JJ & TBC

Sunday XI - Springfield (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Noman J, Raouf R, Neville D, Dan Y, Nadeem, Raheel I, Tony M, Joel C, Kashan J & TBC

19 June 2016

Ten Man Cavs Fall Short

The Sunday XI travelled to Abberton today with ten players.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first. A long day seemed in prospect for the Cavs as opening bowlers R Rasheed (5-1-21-0) and N Davidson (4-0-37-0) were unable to make a breakthrough. With Abberton on an imposing 71/0 after just 10 overs, a total of 250-300 was looking possible, but the introduction of D Smith and M Nadeem helped to slow the run rate, with Nadeem (7-1-20-1) taking the first wicket of the day with his second delivery. D Smith then claimed the second wicket of the day during a first spell of 1-26 from six overs - D Young taking the catch from a top-edged sweep. It was then the turn of T Mayhew to take two quick wickets (with fine catches from Davidson and Smith), including that of the dangerous Schofield (69), during a superb spell of 9-1-35-2. With J Patel (3-0-18-0) unlucky to not claim a wicket at the other end, Smith introduced C Finch (5-0-42-3) to the attack who took wickets on the sixth ball of three of his overs. It was then left to Smith to bowl the final over, claiming two wickets as he finished with figures of 7-0-28-3; his second wicket was also his 100th for the Cavaliers, earning him a new 'bronze' cap. Abberton finished their 40 overs on 209/9, with the Cavaliers doing well to slow the Abberton batsmen down.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a rapid start as M Nadeem went after the Abberton bowling (including a massive six over the protective netting!) while D Smith played the supporting role in 5.2 overs opening stand of 37. Three quick wickets saw the Cavs slip to 39/3 as Smith (7), Nadeem (28) and R Rasheed (0) departed. The Cavaliers #3, N Jalib, was then joined by D Young in a fourth wicket partnership of 25, with Jalib scoring seven from one ball courtesy of four overthrows after the pair had completed three runs! The wickets of Young (3) and N Jalib (32) saw the Cavaliers struggling on 78/5, and the end of the innings was nigh as the Cavs lost their last four wickets for just eight runs, with J Patel (9), N Davidson (2), K Jalib (5) and T Mayhew (1) all dismissed in quick succession - C Finch (0*) the not out batsmen - as the Cavaliers were all out for 94 to lose by 115 runs.

18 June 2016

Saturday XI Continues Winning Streak

The Saturday XI hosted West Bergholt today.

With captain D Dellar winning his first toss of the season, the Cavaliers opted to field first in damp and overcast conditions. Making good use of the new ball, opening bowler R Rasheed started with an excellent first spell of 2-18 from nine overs while fellow opening bowler P Singh (7-2-16-1) bowled well at the other end with his off-breaks. With M Vinter and D Young combining to effect a run out, West Bergholt were then reduced to 21/4 after 12 overs. Bergholt then re-built via a fifth wicket partnership between Sadler and ex-Cav A Wisbey before U Ghani had Sadler (28) out caught. With Ghani claiming two more wickets, West Bergholt then added 31 for the eighth wicket through D Wheeler and L Wisbey, with N Hussain (11-0-47-0) unlucky to not dismiss Wheeler first ball! Ghani's excellent bowling saw him finish with figures of 11-5-12-4 as he added the wicket of L Wisbey to his collection, while R Rasheed (11-4-27-3) returned to dismiss Wheeler (31) with a superb delivery. Some tight bowling at the end of the innings kept the pressure on the Bergholt tail-enders, resulting in a run out on the last ball via Dellar and Singh to see the Cavs claim maximum bowling points as West Bergholt were all out for 110 in their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers reply saw an opening partnership of 31 before M Vinter (14) edged behind to A Wisbey. A rapid partnership of 19 (in just 9 minutes) for the third wicket saw the Cavs reach 50, with R Rasheed (12 from 6 balls, including a big six off Wheeler) adding some impetus to the innings. Two quick wickets then accounted for opener D Dellar (30) and P Singh (2) as the Cavaliers slipped to 70/4, but an excellent partnership of 35 between F Murtaza and K Hemstedt saw the Cavs get within six runs of victory before Hemstedt (13) and P Johnson (0) were dismissed with successive balls from Wheeler (9.2-3-20-4). As Murtaza (33*) got the scores level, it was left to J Patel (1*) to hit the winning run as the Cavaliers won by 4 wickets, finishing on 111/6 from 32.2 overs.

16 June 2016

Teams - Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June

Saturday XI - West Bergholt (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Javed P, Raouf R, Pritish S, Karl H, Noman H, Vinnie, Fowad M, Usman G & Pete J

Sunday XI - Abberton & District (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12noon or let Dan S know if going direct (CO5 7AW).
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Tony M, Craig F, Javed P, Neville D, Raouf R, Nadeem, Noman J, Kashan J & TBC

12 June 2016

Cavs 'Cop It' At Copdock

The Sunday XI travelled to Copdock today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to bat first in overcast conditions. Openers D Smith and F Murtaza coped well with the bouncy conditions, facing more than a few short balls before rain forced the players from the field after 4.4 overs with the score on 17/0. Facing more bouncers, the Cavs made it to 26/1 when the rain returned after 7.1 overs, with Murtaza (9) the man out. With play being halted for an early tea, the Cavs returned to add a further 32 runs for the second wicket before the dismissal of M Nadeem (10) prompted a flurry of wickets as D Smith (25), R Rasheed (4) and E Parry (1 - triggered!) departed in a period of seven overs to leave the Cavs 72/5. P Johnson and D Young then consolidated in the face of some tight bowling for Copdock, adding 8 in nine overs together before Young hit two boundaries in one over to get the scoreboard moving again. Johnson (8) and Young (14) were then dismissed in successive overs as the Cavs chased quick runs. J Patel and N Davidson then saw the Cavaliers pass 100 before Davidson (7) was out. It was then left to Patel and C Finch to see the Cavs up to their final total of 111/9 - Patel hitting a fine straight drive on his way to 10*, and Finch (2) caught behind off the final ball, denying T Mayhew the chance to add to his tally of undefeated innings.

After a quick turnaround, the Cavaliers made a couple of early breakthroughs as N Davidson (6-0-26-2) found some good pace and bounce to leave Copdock 31/2 - D Young claiming two catches behind the stumps. Fellow opening bowler R Rasheed (9-1-37-0) was unlucky to not claim a wicket himself as he bowled a fine spell from the other end, showcasing his ability to swing the ball sharply. The Copdock batsmen then added 51 for the third wicket before M Nadeem (5-0-24-1) claimed the wicket of the dangerous D Searle (37) before D Smith (2-0-14-1) struck to leave the opposition 83/4 after 19 overs. There were short spells from C Finch (1-0-8-0) and J Patel (0.2-0-4-0) towards the end, but any hopes of a collapse were extinguished by D Skinner (36*) and S Webb-Snowling (20*) who saw Copdock to a winning total of 114/4 in 23.2 overs.

11 June 2016

Rain Halts Cavs Charge

The Saturday XI travelled to Dunmow for a top of the table clash today.

Upon losing the toss, the Cavaliers were invited to bat first on a good-looking wicket. The opening partnership of D Dellar and N Jalib gave the Cavs an ideal start, adding 50 runs in good time before Dellar (16) was out bowled. Jalib (21) departed a few overs later via a good slip catch, and the Cavaliers reached the halfway stage on a healthy 76/2. The third wicket partnership between F Murtaza and S Gilhooly saw the Cavs pass 100 before Murtaza (39) was caught at backward square leg. A rapid partnership of 27 between Gilhooly and N Hussain got the Cavs up to 130/3, but the dismissal of Hussain (23) triggered a Cavaliers collapse as R Rasheed (4) and A Sarwar (5) fell soon afterwards. The Cavs managed to stop the wickets from falling for a couple of overs, but found run scoring difficult, reaching 144/6 before batsmen started falling whilst looking for quick runs at the end; N Davidson (1), S Gilhooly (16), P Johnson (0) and U Ghani (6) all falling in a 16-ball period to see the Cavaliers all out after 37.5 overs, scoring a total of 150 - D Young (0*) the not out batsman.

The Cavs started their defence of the low total well, as R Rasheed opened with a wicket-maiden; Gilhooly snaffling a good catch at second slip. With Rasheed bolwling with great control of swing (and the occasional slower ball), he claimed a second wicket via a sharp catch by Jalib to leave Dunmow 16/2. Both Rasheed (6-3-7-2) and fellow opener A Sarwar (6-1-25-0) bowled fine opening spells of swing bowling at pace, but the weather had the final say as heavy rain stopped play after 12 overs, with the score 36/2 - Dunmow claiming 11pts, while the Cavs picked up 10pts.