Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

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'.