Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

23 May 2016

100% Record Maintained

The Cavaliers Sunday XI made their home debut by welcoming Halstead (who had won all 4 of their previous games) to the rugby club. With only 10 players and a number of regulars missing, skipper Dan Smith elected to bat, fearing being on the wrong end of things in the field (and the fact that he will always bat, regardless of the conditions). The captain and Gregg formed a makeshift opening partnership, Gregg getting bowled for 6 eyeing up cow corner. Dan and Jon played watchfully at first, with the new ball nibbling around a bit and unsure of the quality of the newcomers behind them. Dan just started to get on top of the bowling before feathering one behind for 31, Jon following in similar style a few overs later for 32. Nadeem and Tariq, both making their debuts for Cavs really took the game to the opposition. They rode their luck a little with a number of chances going down in the field, but deserved a bit of fortune as they biffed it to all parts before Tariq was for bowled for 29. Anyone who has ever seen James bat before would arrange all 9 fielders in a line from deep square leg to cow corner. Halstead had an offside field, bowled on his legs and he tucked in for a rapid 28 not out. Nadeem finished with a fantastic debut knock of 77 not out. Cavaliers closed their 40 overs on 222-4.

Again, we were forced to make changes in the field, with Dan taking the gloves for the first time, with the usually ever-present Mr. Young scoring for Nigeria in Jersey. Halstead looked to put pressure on Cavs in the field by taking quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over, despite some tidy bowling from Jon (6-0-35-1) and Neville (7-0-27-3). In a departure from that tidy bowling, Jon slipped in a pretty dirty waist high full toss which dropped onto the stumps for the first wicket. At the other end, Neville was giving little away and clean bowled the next 3 batsmen with some wonderful deliveries. Nadeem (5-1-25-2) showed that run-ups are over-rated, by generating a fair amount of pace, with accuracy, off a couple of paces. James (4-0-35-0) bowled much better than his figures suggested, but was unfortunate to come up against a middle order who were looking to tee off. With the danger that things might be getting away from us, the skipper turned to Tony (2-0-2-2), who bowled a mesmerising spell, getting the dangerous Roper out stumped in the process and with it the game. Tony had to be swiftly withdrawn from the attack to give others the chance to have a bowl. Tariq (1-0-8-0) and Craig (1-1-0-0) had an over each and were unlucky not to take the last wicket, before Javed (0.5-0-1-1) had the last man caught by Tariq to win the game. Halstead had started with 11, but one of their fielders had to go to hospital after being struck on the finger in the field. He returned, but couldn't bat, meaning only 9 wickets were required for victory. Halstead finished on 135 all out. Cavaliers claimed what looked like an unlikely 87 run win.

19 May 2016

Teams - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May

Saturday XI - West Mersea (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:45am or let Darren know if going direct (CO5 8DG).
Darren D (c), JJ, Usman G, Raheel I, Fowad M, Raouf R, Pete J, Karl H, Atif S, Puneet K & Vinnie

Sunday XI - Halstead (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Jon W, Muhammadi N, James B, Tariq H, Neville D, Javed P, Tony M, Craig F, TBC & TBC

15 May 2016

A Game Of Two Hundreds

The Cavaliers Sunday XI started their season at Kirby today.
Continuing the 2016 trend of losing the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to bat first in overcast conditions. Openers M Vinter and N Jalib started watchfully, adding 29 for the first wicket in 8.3 overs before Jalib (11) became the first wicket to fall for the Cavs this year. With skipper D Smith (8) out LBW shortly after, Vinter joined forces with P Sadler to bring up the first hundred partnership of the season - The pair adding 108 for the third wicket before Sadler (51 from just 46 balls) was caught at cover, with onlooking Cavs sighing in disappointment. Vinter brought up his fifty (from 88 balls) shortly afterwards, but a familiar Cavs collapse saw J Patel (1), J Walton (1), N Hussain (0) and D Young (1) all dismissed cheaply. The arrival of N Davidson then put Kirby on the back foot; a first ball six signalling Davidson's intent! Vinter then brought up the first Cavs century of 2016, reaching the landmark in 122 balls as he and Davidson (28 from 13 balls) added 70 for the 8th wicket. With support from T Mayhew (1*), Vinter carried his bat for 109* (128 balls) as the Cavaliers scored an imposing 265/8 from their 40 overs, with extras contributing a very handy 54 runs.
The Kirby reply got off to a good start as the openers added 98 for the first wicket, with opening bowlers J Walton (9-1-53-0) and N Davidson (5-0-20-0) unable to make a breakthrough. With J Patel (4-0-21-0) also bowling an unsuccessful spell, Smith turned to spinners T Mayhew and N Hussain. The introduction of Hussain (6-3-3-1) brought immediate success as he dismissed Kirby skipper M Oram for a 65-ball 52. With Mayhew (7-0-28-1) dismissing the Kirby #3, it was left to Smith (4-0-28-0) and C Finch (5-1-29-0) to see out the final overs as Kirby ended on 184/2, with young opener K Parkes finishing the innings on 116* as the Cavs won by 81 runs.

14 May 2016

Cavs Race to Victory

The Saturday XI travelled to Maldon's Promenade Park today.

Having lost the toss, Maldon opted to bat. They started well, passing 50 for the loss of just one wicket - R Rasheed (6-0-35-1) claiming his second wicket for the Cavaliers while N Davidson (5-1-21-0) toiled at the other end. The introduction of spinners then pegged Maldon back as N Hussain dismissed Maldon opener S Reeve for 41, followed by three quick wickets (one via a sharp one-handed catch by D Dellar at slip). At the other end, U Ghani bowled economically while picking up wickets on his way to figures of 10-5-15-2 before being replaced by JJ Elliston (3-1-7-2), who immediately found a good line and length while swinging the ball in sharply. With Hussain (12.1-4-13-5) having the Maldon #11 stumped by D Young, the Cavs had bowled their opponents out for 91 in 36.1 overs.

After tea the Cavs openers started solidly, putting away the bad balls without offering a chance. With 5 overs gone F Murtaza hit the accelerator, with Maldon bowler C Dack (5-0-53-0) taking the most punishment as Murtaza reached his fifty in just 32 balls! While Dellar (22* from 30 balls) provided support, Murtaza raced to 72* from just 40 balls (6x4, 7x6), winning the match with a six (parried and caught... Over the boundary) - The Cavs ending on 95/0 in just 11.4 overs to seal back-to-back 10 wicket victories.

12 May 2016

Teams - Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May

Saturday XI - Maldon (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:45am or let Darren know if going direct (CM9 5JQ).
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Fowad M, Noman H, Pete J, Raouf R, Raheel I, Neville D, Usman G, Sid P & JJ

Sunday XI - Kirby (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:45am or let Dan S know if going direct (CO13 0LW).
Dan S (c), Noman J, Dan Y, Noman H, Javed P, Jon W, Vinnie, Phil S, Tony M, Craig F & Neville D

7 May 2016

Cavs Start 2016 Well

The Cavaliers Saturday XI made the short trip to Boxted today in the first (playable) match of 2016.

Having lost the toss, the Cavaliers were invited to field first. Opening the bowling was debutant R Rasheed who found early success, claiming a wicket from his fourth ball for the club - D Young eagerly diving to his right to claim a low one-handed catch. With Rasheed (6-1-19-1) and fellow opening bowler N Davidson keeping things tight, the Boxted top order wilted to 35/6 after 12 overs as Davidson claimed a coveted Cavs cap with his maiden 5-fer, finishing with great figures of 6-0-15-5. Skipper D Dellar then turned to his spinners to continue the good work of the openers, with N Hussain claiming the wicket of Boxted opener R Springett (13 - their top-scorer) with his fourth ball bowled. Both Hussain and debutant U Ghani continued keeping things economical as Boxted sought to rebuild; their eight-wicket pair adding 13 runs in 9 overs to leave them 49/7 after 22 overs. The drinks break then appeared to break their concentration as Hussain (6-3-5-3) and Ghani (5.1-1-10-1) mopped up the tail as Boxted were all out for 51 in 23.1 overs!

With the tea yet to arrive, the teams turned around immediately. Openers D Dellar and M Vinter set about chasing the total as quick as possible (they probably saw the tea arriving as they walked out!), with the run rate at 9 after the first 3 overs! The opening pair barely offered a chance to Boxted, chasing the total in 10.5 overs - Dellar finishing 26* (33 balls) and Vinter on 15* (33 balls) - to ensure a 10 wicket win (54/0).

5 May 2016

Team - Saturday 7th May

Saturday XI - Boxted (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm or let Darren know if going direct (CO4 5RE).
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Fowad M, Noman J, Noman H, Pete J, Raouf R, Raheel I, Neville D, Usman G & Vinnie