Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

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.

9 June 2016

Teams - Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June

Saturday XI - Dunmow (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or let Darren know if going direct (CM6 3AT).
Darren D (c), Dan Y, Fowad M, Simon G, Noman H, Noman J, Neville D, Atif S, Raouf R, Usman G & Pete J

Sunday XI - Copdock & OI (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12noon or let Dan S know if going direct (IP8 3JN).
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Tony M, Craig F, Pete J, Javed P, Neville D, Ed P, Raouf R, Nadeem & Fowad

7 June 2016

Collapse Costs Cavs

The Property Book Cavaliers hosted Ardeigh tonight in the Colchester Evening Cricket League.

Upon winning the toss the Cavs elected to bat, but got off to an awful start, losing captain D Deller (1) via a run out and JJ Elliston (0) played on to leave the score at 1/2 at the end of the first over. The third wicket pair of J Lawson (8) and K Jayasinghe (4) then attempted to rebuild, but both were removed in quick succession to leave the Cavs 17/4 after 4.4 overs. The PBUK Cavaliers limped up to 26/4, but another cluster of wickets saw N Jalib (3, via another run out), J Rawlings (0, a first-baller) and T Crayston (0, another first-baller) all dismissed to make the score 28/7 from 7.7 overs! N Davidson then took it upon himself to raise the Cavs total, but when he was dismissed for 21 (46/8), the end of the innings was near... J Patel (6) was the next to go, before a mix-up in communication saw D Young (0) run out after facing one ball. The PBUK Cavaliers ended their innings on 51 all out after 11.3 overs, with U Ghani (3*) the undefeated batsman.

The Ardleigh openers began aggressively, taking 11 from J Rawlings first over before attacking the bowling of N Davidson (1-0-10-0). Thankfully, Rawlings' second over provided two breakthroughs as he dismissed both openers on his way to figures of 2-0-12-2. Despite U Ghani (1-1-0-0) bowling a brilliantly tight over, Ardeigh released the pressure by attacking T Crayston (1.7-0-30-0) as they cruised to victory in just 5.7 overs, winning by eight wickets.

5 June 2016

Wheeler Wallops Cavs

The Sunday XI hosted West Bergholt today.

Having won the toss, captain D Smith elected to bat first in sunny conditions. He and P Singh batted well against the new ball as the opening pair added 62 for the first wicket before Singh was bowled for 14. A mini-collapse then accounted for M Nadeem (1) and T Hijazi (0) to leave the Cavs 64/3 before Smith and E Parry staged a recovery for the fourth wicket, adding 28 together before Smith was dismissed for 54 (from just 61 balls). The Cavs managed to reach 111/4 before 'Nelson' struck - Three wickets fell in three overs as P Johnson (2), Parry (21) and J Patel (0) were all dismissed on that total as the Cavs slumped to 111/7. D Young then combined with N Davidson (4), C Finch (2) and T Mayhew (0*) to see the Cavs up to 129 all out from 38.3 overs - Young the last man out for 9.

The Cavaliers fielding effort began well, with N Davidson (7-1-19-2) claiming two LBWs (Davidson being the only player to not appeal for the first one!), while M Nadeem (7-1-26-0) bowled well at the other end. West Bergholt then recovered through a third wicket partnership of 67 as the batsmen repelled the best efforts of T Mayhew (3-0-24-0), P Singh (4-0-20-0) and T Hijazi (3-0-16-0) before C Finch (3-0-26-1) broke the stand, dismissing E Hance (28) LBW. With Bergholt approaching their target, Smith gave J Patel (1-0-1-0) a bowl, but the match was ended in the next over as D Wheeler (69*) hit a six over square leg to seal a seven wicket win for the visitors as they finished on 133/3 from 28 overs.

4 June 2016

Rasheed Routs Kelvedon

The Cavaliers Saturday XI played Kelvedon & Feering at home today.

Having won the toss the Cavs elected to bat first, with D Dellar (23) and M Vinter (22) adding 49 for the first wicket before both fell in quick succession. With R Ikhlaq (0) also falling to Kelvedon's N Claus (13-6-31-3), the Cavs were reduced to 60/3. After a fourth wicket partnership of 18 between F Murtaza and M Nadeem, a familiar middle order collapse saw P Johnson (3) and K Hemstedt (1) follow Nadeem (5) back to the pavilion as S Bonvini (10-1-62-3) struck. Murtaza and P Singh then combined for a counter-attacking seventh wicket partnership of 80 in 11 overs, with Murtaza bringing up his 50 in 48 balls during the stand. With Singh (32) and R Rasheed (0) both dismissed within three balls, it was left to U Ghani (6*) and Murtaza (85* from 79 balls) to see the Cavaliers up to their final total of 193/8 from their 45 overs.

The Kelvedon reply started with an opening partnership of 25, as chances were missed, but the stand was broken by Rasheed as D Young caught a thin edge. With fellow opening bowler M Nadeem (5-1-18-0) struggling to find rhythm, captain Dellar turned to P Singh to support R Rasheed. With both bowlers exhibiting great control; Singh finding impressive turn, while Rasheed produced a spell of spectacular swing bowling, the Kelvedon middle order collapsed from 31/1 to 55/7 as Rasheed claimed his first 5-fer for the club. Kelvedon then recovered through an eighth wicket partnership of 46 as change bowlers U Ghani, K Hemstedt (3-0-15-0) and M Vinter (2-0-21-0) bowled without success, before Ghani (8-1-38-1) made the breakthrough. The return of Rasheed (15-3-27-6) then saw Kelvedon #3 R Morrell (63) dismissed as he and P Singh (12-4-19-2) ensured that Kelvedon fell short of the Cavaliers total, scoring 156/9 in their 45 overs.

3 June 2016

Teams - Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June

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

Sunday XI - West Bergholt (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm.
Dan S (c), Dan Y, Nadeem, Javed P, Tony M, Tariq H, Craig F, Neville D, Pritish S, Ed P & TBC