Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

29 May 2017

Scorcher at Apperknowle

The Cavaliers touring side travelled to Apperknowle yesterday, and fielded first after captain M Vinter lost the toss.

Apperknowle started well, with opener A Bishop batting so far our of his crease, N Davidson took a while to find the right length to him. With N Hussain (12-0-23-3) bowling well at the other end, Vinter turned to T Mayhew (8-0-20-1), who dismissed Bishop (57) via a catch in the deep by D Dellar. Economical bowling from P Sadler (7-4-15-1) and a spell from K Chowdhury (6-1-41-1) saw two more wickets fall before the returning Davidson (7-0-53-2) took two at the end. Apperknowle finished their 40 overs on 159/8.

After a BBQ tea of burgers, sausages and cake, the Cavs began their reply through D Dellar and M Vinter, adding 28 for the first wicket before Dellar (10) was dimissed. A second wicket partnership of 85 between Vinter and D Young saw the Cavaliers pass 100 and get ahead if the asking rate, with Vinter leading by example with a fifty - He retired out on 55, and the score on 113/2. Young then reached his career-high score of 31 before being bowled off his inside edge, followed by E Parry (4), P Sadler (13) and N Davidson (5) as the Cavs reached 147/6. It was then left to P Johnson (6*, and a tour average of 37!) and N Hussain (5*) to see the Cavs up to 163/6 - A four wicket win!

28 May 2017

First Win of Tour

The Cavaliers Tour XI travelled to Chatsworth House yesterday, and batted first after the home side won the toss.

The Cavs got off to a slow but steady start, reaching 21/2 after 8 overs - E Parry (6) and M Vinter (10) the dismissed batsmen. A third wicket partnership of 38 got the Cavaliers past 50, but the wicket of P Sadler (24) was soon followed by D Dellar (12) and K Chowdhury (2). A sixth wicket partnership of 39 from P Johnson and N Hussain saw the score pass 100 before Hussain (26) was also out. The Cavs then lost regular wickets, with L Peaple (4), D Young (0) and N Davidson (4) all departing, leaving P Johnson (20*) and T Mayhew (1*) undefeated as the innings closed on 123/9 from 40 overs.

The second innings saw the Cavaliers take early wickets through N Davidson (8-0-27-1) and T Mayhew (8-1-15-3), the latter seeing N Hussain take a screamer off of his bowling. Hussain then backes up his batting and fielding efforts with 8-1-18-4 while P Johnson (2-0-10-0) and K Chowdhury (7-0-24-0) provided support at the other end. With Chatsworth passing 100, skipper Chowdhury turned to P Sadler (1.2-0-5-2) who claimed the last two wickets to fall - Chatsworth ending on 107 all out from 34.2 overs as the Cavs won by 16 runs.

27 May 2017

2017 Tour Begins at Whittington

After travelling up yesterday afternoon, the Cavaliers began their 2017 tour with a T20 fixture against Whittington Wanderers - The first ever fixture between the sides!

Batting first by agreement (there were only 4 Cavs at the ground for 6pm!), the Cavaliers began well, with E Parry and P Sadler adding 65 for the first wicket before Parry (17) was run out. Sadler soon brought up the first fifty of the tour (from just 29 balls), but was out soon afterwards for 60 from 36 deliveries. The Cavs were well set at 90/2 from 10.3 overs, but found the going trickier as the innings went on. The Cavs collapse then saw P Johnson (11), K Chowdhury (0) and guest-Cavalier M Pendleton (16) all dismissed in quick succession as three wickets fell for just six runs. It was then left to N Davidson (5*) and D Young (12*) to get the final score up to 137/5 from 20 overs.

The Cavs defence of their total saw K Chowdhury (3-0-22-0) and T Mayhew (3-0-14-0) open the bowling - The onky wicket falling being a run out by Davidson/Mayhew in the sixth over. Davidson then backed up his good fielding effort with a spell of 3-0-15-1 as E Parry took some tap (0/21 from his first 2 overs). With M Pendleton (3-0-21-0) and P Johnson (3-0-18-1) bowling wicket taking spells, it was left to the the death bowling of P Sadler (1-0-14-0) and the returning Parry (2.5-0-36-0) to finish the innings - Whittington winning a good natured match by six wickets after scoring 141/4 in 18.5 overs.

Thank you to Whittington for hosting us - The match was played in high spirits, and the players stayed for a BBQ afterwards. See you next year!

23 May 2017

Team - Tuesday 23rd

Tuesday XI - Ardleigh (H) - meet at Mill Road by 5:45pm. Match starts at 6:00pm.
James L, Raj A, Neville D, Usman G, Corin H, Prakash K, James P, Salman R, Tariq H, TBC & TBC

21 May 2017

Chappel Stun Cavs

The Sunday XI travelled to The Hobbies to play Chappel & Wakes Colne's second XI today.

Having lost the toss, the Cavs were invited to bat first on a damp wicket. Progress from the openers was steady as the Cavaliers reached 21/0 after four overs. The Chappel opening bowlers fought back well, with R Wilson bowling a succession of maidens while R Carter enjoyed the success of a treble-wicket maiden in the sixth over - P Kannan (18), T Janganan (0) and T Hijazi (0) all falling within four balls. With runs hard to come by, the Cavs tried to dig in, but E Parry (1), N Davidson (7), J Parks (1) and D Young (0) also fell victim to the Chappel opening pair, as Wilson (8-6-9-2) and Carter (9-3-24-5) reduced the visiting side to 34/7. Some attacking intent from debutant B Prabhu (13) and good running from D Chetwyn (3) saw the score creep up, but both were dismissed by second change bowler B Jackson (3-0-9-2) before Cavaliers skipper C Finch (3) was the last man out to J Cousins (4.3-1-5-1) as the Cavs finished 50 all out from 24.3 overs - T Mayhew (0*) adding another 'not out' to his record.

The Cavaliers needed a good start to the second innings, and got it through N Davidson (6-0-18-2), with fellow opening bowler P Kannan (5-0-7-0) unlucky to not take a wicket also. B Prabhu (3-0-7-1) then took his first wicket for the club as D Young claimed a catch off of the Chappel captain's glove from a ball that bounced more than expected. With D Chetwyn (2-0-9-0) and T Mayhew (1-0-4-0) unable to take a wicket, there was still time for T Hijazi (1.4-0-4-1) to take his first wicket of the season before Chappel reached their target in 18.4 overs, scoring 51/4 in a six wicket victory.

20 May 2017

Cavs Fall Short of Frinton

The Saturday XI hosted Frinton III today at Mill Road.

With the visitors winning the toss, the Cavaliers were asked to field first in overcast and damp conditions. The Cavs started well, with the innings opening with four maidens - R Rasheed (6-2-11-0) making his comeback to the team, and P Kalra taking the only wicket to fall in the first 15 overs as Frinton reached 37/1. The introduction of the Cavs spinners saw N Hussain remove the other opener (bowled around his legs by a turning ball), but the big-hitting Frinton #4 took advantage of an early drop to blast a quick 22 before Hussain had him caught by Murtaza. A 52 run fourth wicket partnership saw Frinton pass 100 before K Chowdhury (3-0-43-2) took a brace of wickets, including a fine one-handed grab by D Dellar. With Chowdhury claiming a one-handed catch of his own off the bowling of Hussain (15-3-58-3), Frinton were 131/6. Despite the best efforts of the bowlers, Frinton took runs off of Sarwar (3-0-17-0) plus the returning Kalra (9-2-28-2) and U Ghani, but a double-wicket maiden by Ghani (9-3-35-2) in the final over gave the Cavs something to cheer about - Frinton ended their 45 overs on 201/9.

The Cavaliers reply saw M Vinter (7) out cheaply, but an 82 run partnership between D Dellar and F Murtaza (who was dropped five times, and passed 50 from 62 balls during the partnership) saw the Cavaliers up to 105 before Dellar was dismissed for a hard-worked 35. A further 40 runs were added to the total before Murtaza was out for a fine 83 (from 82 balls - including five sixes!). The Cavaliers innings then stalled as wickets fell regularly - A Sarwar (0), K Chowdhury (8), R Rasheed (2), N Hussain (5) and U Ghani (0) all dismissed in a six over period as the Cavs slipped from 145/2 to 165/8. With victory looking unlikely, the Cavaliers made sure of a fourth batting point through P Kalra (12*) and D Young (8*) as they reached 181/8 in their 45 overs, losing by 20 runs.

19 May 2017

Teams - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st

Saturday XI - Frinton III (H) - meet at Mill Road 12noon. Match starts at 1:00pm.
Darren D (c), Vinnie, Fowad M, Noman H, Kaiser C, Dan Y, Puneet K, Usman G, Pete J, Raouf R & Atif S

Sunday XI - Chappel & Wakes Colne II (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:45am or let Craig/Noman J know if going direct (CO6 2BE). Match starts at 1:00pm. Avoid the A12 - It's closed!
Craig F (c), Dan Y, Ed P, Prakash K, Tony M, Tham J, Danny C, James P, Bipin P, Neville D & Tariq H

16 May 2017

Team - Tuesday 16th

Tuesday XI - DNA Networks (H) - meet at Mill Road by 5:30pm. Match starts at 6:00pm.
James L, Kaiser C, Neville D, James P, Corin H, Kelum J, Prakash K, Noman H, Raj A, Usman G & Pritish S

14 May 2017

Janganan Earns Cap

A ten man Sunday team travelled to Abberton today.

Captain C Finch continued his good form with the coin toss, winning his second one in a row, and elected to bat first. Deciding to try an blunt the Abberton new ball attack Finch decided to open the batting himself, and he added 17 for the first wicket with N Davidson (9). With Finch batting solidly, T Janganan went on the attack, the pair getting the Cavs up to 46/1 before Finch departed for 6 (from 54 balls - Seeing off the Abberton opening bowlers as he hoped). The good batting continued through K Chowdhury, who scored 12 on his Cavaliers debut, and he departed shortly before Janganan reached his fifty from just 54 balls (48 of his runs coming in boundaries!), earning a coveted club cap in just his second Cavs appearance. Janganan was then joined by T Hijazi, and together they got the score up to 125/3 before Hijazi (14) was bowled. With P Kannan (4) caught soon after the Cavs were 134/5, and a trademark collapse saw Janaganan depart for an excellent 70, followed by D Chetwyn (3), H Tuckwell (0) and D Young (0), with T Mayhew (0*) the unbeaten batsman - The Cavaliers finishing 139 all out from 39.2 overs.

The Cavaliers defence of their target was lead by opening bowlers N Davidson and P Kannan (5-1-19-0), with Davidson making the only breakthrough of the first 20 overs on his way to figures of 6-0-37-1. With Cavs debutant D Chetwyn (3-0-36-0) struggling to maintain line and length during his first spell for a few years, Finch turned to his spinners - T Mayhew and K Chowdhury both bowling well to slow the Abberton batsmen down a little, though the home side reached 131/1 after 20.2 overs. Mayhew (6-1-23-2) then struck twice in five balls, taking wickets via a diving (in stages) caught & bowled (dismissing D Schofield for 56) and a stumping by D Young. It was too little too late however, as Abberton skipper C Pettit (59*) hit the winning runs off of Chowdhury (3.2-0-23-0) as they reached 140/3 after 23.2 overs, winning by 7 wickets.

13 May 2017

Cavs Run Maldon Close

The Saturday XI travelled to Promenade Park to play Maldon today in the Two Counties Championship today.

The toss was won by Maldon who elected to field first, and the Cavs got off to a steady start as the opening pairing of D Dellar and M Vinter added 27 in 9 overs before Dellar (14) was caught at mid on. With scoring difficult, the scoreboard stalled on 27/1 for 20 balls, but the Cavs started scoring a bit more freely through Vinter (15) and F Murtaza (10), though both were dismissed in quick succession as the score slipped to 42/3. An attacking fourth wicket partnership between D Smith and R Anandraj saw the Cavaliers score at seven an over, but Anandraj (11) was caught out with the score on 79/4. A solid P Johnson then supported Smith in a 12 over partnership for the fifth wicket worth 39, but the quick wickets of Johnson (4), Smith (44 from 58 balls) and JJ Elliston (1) left the Cavaliers on 128/7 after 39.2 overs. The last 5.4 overs then yielded 32 runs for the eighth wicket as D Young (18* from 21 balls) and P Kalra (12* from 18 balls) got the Cavaliers up to 160/7 at the end of their 45 overs.

The Maldon innings began with a 32 run opening partnership, with a few catches not going to hand or being dropped, but opening bowler P Kalra finally got the breakthrough (caught Murtaza) the Cavs sought, while fellow opening bowler S Riaz (6-1-21-0) toiled at the other end. A second wicket partnership of 49 then saw the home side reach 81/1, with more catchable chances missed, but Smith (9-1-39-1) saw the Maldon #3 caught by D Dellar. Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals, with U Ghani bowling a good spell of 15-2-46-3 as the score reached 134/5 with 6 overs remaining. With wickets needed and the home side getting close Dellar turned back to Kalra, who bowled a controlled second spell on his way to figures of 13-3-32-4, with F Murtaza (1.4-0-14-0) bowling at the other end - But it was not to be, as Maldon reached their target after 44.4 overs, winning by two wickets.

11 May 2017

Teams - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th

Saturday XI - Maldon III (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:20am or let Darren know if going direct (CM9 5JQ). Match starts at 1:00pm.
Darren D (c), Vinnie, Fowad M, Dan S, Dan Y, Pete J, Usman G, Salman R, Puneet K, JJ & Raj A

Sunday XI - Abberton (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12:00pm or let Craig know if going direct (CO5 7AW). Match starts at 1:00pm.
Craig F (c), Tariq H, Tony M, Prakash K, Dan Y, Tham J, Kaiser C, Neville D, Harrison T, Danny C & Jarran S

7 May 2017

First Loss of 2017 for the Cavs

The Sunday XI welcomed West Bergholt to Mill Road today in the first Cavaliers home fixture of the season.

Winning the toss, captain C Finch elected to bat first, but the early wickets of N Jalib (5) and E Parry (0) left the Cavaliers 6/2 after 7.1 overs. A small recovery saw the score improve to 28/2, but D Young (2) became the third wicket to fall, bringing N Davidson to the crease to join debutant T Janganan in the middle. With both batsmen taking the attack to the West Bergholt change bowlers the Cavs found themselves 59/3 after 16 overs, but both Janganan (28 from 28 balls) and Davidson (22 from 21 balls) fell to reduce the Cavaliers to 64/5. P Johnson then helped to keep the Cavs on track, combining in partnerships with K Jayasinghe (7) and J Samwell to bring up the 100 for the home side, but the wicket of Johnson for a hard-fought 10 from 50 balls triggered a collapse as Samwell (16), C Finch (0) and N Hussain (13) were all dismissed - The Cavaliers losing their last four wickets for just 14 runs as the innings closed on 117 after 38.3 overs, with T Mayhew (1*) adding another 'not out' to his collection.

The West Bergholt reply got off to a solid start as their openers added 25 runs in 6.2 overs with both opening bowlers, N Davidson and N Hussain (an opening spell of 7-4-9-0), keeping things tight before Davidson took three wickets in eight balls (including two in two!) on his way to figures of 9-1-32-3. It then fell to J Samwell (5-2-12-1) to continue the good work of the openers, and he began with a maiden and a wicket maiden, while T Mayhew (6-0-28-1) bowled with control at the other end. With Bergholt approaching their target, C Finch (1-0-13-0) brought himself on before turning back to his opening bowlers, but neither Davidson or Hussain (9-4-21-0) could prevent the loss - West Bergholt finishing on 120/5 after 30 overs, winning by 5 wickets.

6 May 2017

Cavs Defeat Dunmow

The Saturday XI travelled to Dunmow for their second game of the Two Counties season.

After losing the toss, the Cavaliers were invited to bat first. The opening partnership of D Dellar and M Vinter got the team off to a good start, laying a solid foundation of 67 runs in 21 overs before Vinter was bowled for 17. With a good base to build upon, the second wicket partnership was worth 71 as F Murtaza took the attack to the Dunmow bowlers, reaching his fifty in 42 balls, followed by Dellar reaching his fifty in 82 balls. The partnership was broken soon afterwards as Dellar (55) was bowled, but Murtaza and P Singh added a further 29 runs to the total as the Cavaliers reached 167/2 before Singh (3) and Murtaza (74, with 13 boundaries, including four sixes in six balls!) fell in quick succession. With J Walton (1) and A Sarwar (4) falling soon afterwards, the score had slipped to 181/6, but a seventh wicket partnership of 19 between N Hussain and D Young helped the Cavs reach 200. A final flurry of wickets saw Young (9), S Riaz (0) and U Ghani (2) dismissed, before Hussain (15) became the last man to fall - The Cavaliers scoring a respectable 205 all out from 44.1 overs.

The Dunmow reply began with a 62 run opening partnership as the Cavs missed a couple of opportunities to take wickets, with A Sarwar (6-0-19-0) being particularly unlucky after a fine opening spell. Fellow opening bowler P Kalra (8-1-30-1) eventually made the breakthrough, with D Young claiming a top edge, followed by N Hussain's introduction to the attack resulting in the other Dunmow opener being out LBW. In a show of good sportsmanship, a second upheld LBW appeal awarded soon afterwards was retracted, with captain D Dellar calling back the batsman as an inside edge was missed by the umpire. The Cavaliers then claimed two more wickets through U Ghani (an LBW and a slip catch to Dellar) to reduce Dunmow to 131/4 before P Singh (5-0-21-0) and S Riaz (2-0-17-1) continued the good work of the previous Cavs bowlers. With Dunmow closing in on their target, Hussain (8-1-48-2) returned to claim a second wicket but it was getting tight, with the score on 180/6. At this point the returning U Ghani bowled an inspired second spell, taking the final four wickets of the innings on his way to his best figures for the club (9-0-48-6) as Dunmow were all out for 188 in 38 overs - The Cavaliers winning by 17 runs!

4 May 2017

Teams - Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

Saturday XI - Dunmow II (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:20am or let Darren know if going direct (CM6 3AT). Match starts at 1:00pm.
Darren D (c), Noman H, Dan Y, Usman G, Fowad M, Puneet K, Salman R, Pritish S, Atif S, Vinnie & Jon W

Sunday XI - West Begholt (H) - meet at Mill Road at 12:00pm. Match starts at 1:00pm.
Noman J (c), Craig F, Dan Y, Tony M, Jarran S, Prakash K, Ed P, Neville D, Tham J, Kelum J & Peter J