Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

29 July 2017

Walton (the man not the place) whacks Maldon (the place not a man).

Cavs hosted Maldon III today at a very murky Mill Road. Due to the impending doom of torrential rain in the forecast the captains decided on a 25 over bash in order to try to complete a game.

Dellar tossed superbly and opted to field first even though cavs only had 10 for the first 4 overs (thanks Rauf).

Maldon got off to a cracking start with skipper Smith and fellow opener Gozzett going at almost 10 an over until Smith fell to a great catch at cover by Walton (with the blister to prove it) off Sarwar. Prabhu 5-0-39-1 then got in on the act as Rasheed took a lofted catch at mid-on followed by the ball of the day from Sarwar 8-1-24-2 as an inswinging yorker disposed of another. That left Maldon on 59/3 with the run rate slowing. Bardo then joined Gozzett and they made steady progress until Ghani took 2 in 2 balls (the second a screamer at slip by the ever youthful Dellar) leaving Maldon 81/5 in the 16th over. Bardo was then joined by Allen as Maldon tried to up the tempo. With the score on 117 Allen fell to an excellent diving catch by Riaz at mid-on in the 21st over. Cavs worked hard to keep the runs tight for the last overs restricting Maldon to a final score of 144/6 with Bardo unbeaten on 46 (thanks to the ever youthful Dellar dropping a dolly at slip and the previously diving Riaz completely misjudging one through his hands at mid-off).

Tea was postponed till the end of the match and the teams went straight out with Cavs needing 145.

Dellar and Vinter started carefully until Vinter (3) decided to charge down the wicket, miss the ball by a yard, then turn like a battleship and the keeper still had time to fumble it before stumping the un-lightning like Vinter.

Dellar was then joined by Jalib as they accumulated to 39 until Jalib (16) was well caught at long-on. Walton then came in and preceded to try to kill Dellar with some smart running between the wickets. They took the score to 59 before Dellar (29) was caught at point driving through midwicket(??)

Kannan then came to the wicket and despite Walton trying to give another team mate a heart attack some good hitting and great running took the score to within 22 runs of victory. With the rain steadily falling Dellar instructed Walton he had 2 overs to 'finish it' and he subsequently holed out for a match winning 42. 

Rasheed (11*) came in to join Kannan (34*) and they at least followed Dellar's orders and finished it off inside 2 overs with Rasheed hitting a straight six to complete a well earned and much needed victory.

Cavs move up to 2nd in the table with the win.

28 July 2017

Teams - Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th

Saturday XI - Maldon III (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pmMatch starts at 1:00pm.
Darren D (c), Noman J, Rauf R, Salman R, Vinnie, Jon W, Atif S, JJ, Prakash K, Bipin P & Usman G

Sunday XI - Chappel & Wakes Colne (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pmMatch starts at 1:00pm.
Tony M, Neville D, Nadeem, Raheel A, Arif R, Jarran S, Alex K, Noman J (c), Salman R & Rauf R

22 July 2017

Bipin 6-fer as Cavs Limp to Victory

The Saturday XI welcomed Dunmow to Mill Road today, hoping to return to winning ways.

With skipper D Dellar winning the toss the Cavaliers fielded first. It wasn't an ideal start for the Cavaliers, with M Vinter and D Young both dropping a catch each in the first two overs. Luckily the Cavaliers weren't made to pay as R Rasheed (6-1-24-0) bowled well at one end, while B Prabhu took a wicket in each one of his first six overs (6-10 from his first six) before ending with figures of 8-1-32-6. With Dunmow struggling at 32/6 after 12 overs Dellar turned to U Ghani, who started off his spell with five consecutive maidens, while rotating the seamers at the other end. With Ghani unlucky to not take a wicket (two drops and a missed stumping, all by Young), Dunmow re-built through a sixth wicket partnership of 36 before S Riaz (5-1-19-2) claimed two quick wickets to leave the score on 76/8. The Cavaliers then chipped away at the Dunmow batsmen, with Ghani (9-5-16-1) claiming a wicket before being unlucky to not see the bails dislodged despite clipping them with his last delivery. It was then left to P Kannan (1.5-0-6-1) to take the final wicket (Young somewhat redeeming himself with a diving leg-side catch) as Dunmow closed on 101 all out from 29.5 overs.

The Cavaliers got off to a good start in their chase of 102 from 60 overs, with D Dellar and M Vinter adding 34 for the first wicket in 13 overs before Dellar (15) picked out point with a cut shot. A further 13 runs were then added before a spectacular "Cavs Collapse<sup>TM<sup>" saw the Cavaliers slip from 47/1 to 58/6, with N Jalib (6), D Smith (1), M Vinter (20), R Akhlaq (2) and P Kannan (1) all dismissed via catches. The fall of Kannan saw the players leave the field of play as rain came, but the break seemed to help the Cavaliers with R Rasheed and B Prabhu adding 20 runs for the seventh wicket before Prabhu was LBW for a quick 17. With 24 runs needed for victory D Young joined Rasheed in the middle, with Rasheed (15*) hitting three boundaries in seven balls to get the Cavaliers to the brink of a win before D Young (6*) cover drove the winning runs - The Cavaliers scoring 102/7 from 29.1 overs to win by 3 wickets.

20 July 2017

Teams - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd

Saturday XI - Dunmow II (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm. Match starts at 1:00pm.
Darren D (c), Noman J, Dan S, Dan Y, Vinnie, Rauf R, Usman G, Salman R, Prakash K, Bipin P & Raheel A

Sunday XI - Harwich & Dovercourt (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm. Match starts at 1:00pm.
Ed P (c), Phil S, Dan H, Nadeem, Tony M, Karl H, Arif R, Salman R, Tham J, Nev D & Jarran S

16 July 2017

Cavs Fall Short at The Brow

The Saturday XI travelled to Abberton today, with the game starting a little late due to some showers in the area.

After losing the toss the Cavaliers were asked to field first, with R Rasheed (8-0-33-0) bowling a fine spell of swing bowling without reward while N Davidson (6-0-46-1) made an early breakthrough. After the opening spells were done, the Cavaliers bowled 24 consecutive overs of spin with U Ghani (13-0-76-1) claiming an early wicket while N Hussain chipped away with regular wickets on his way to figures of 13-4-46-4, and was unlucky to not come away with his 5-fer of 2017. With S Riaz (3-0-21-0) and P Kannan (2-1-10-1) bowling the last five overs, Abberton finished their 45 overs on 250/8, with the eighth wicket being a run out in the final over of the innings.

The Cavaliers got off to a steady start, with M Vinter and K Chowdhury adding 39 for the first wicket before Vinter (20) was bowled. A further 34 was added by the second wicket and 39 for the third, with Chowdhury (26) and R Akhlaq (29) the two to go. The Cavaliers continued the trend of partnerships getting a good start, with P Kannan and R Rasheed adding 38 for the fourth wicket before Rasheed was caught out for 13. With Kannan proceeding to his second Cavs fifty (from 45 balls), he added a further 34 with N Hussain for the fifth wicket - Kannan eventually out for 65 from 55 balls, making the score 184/5 with 7.3 overs remaining. Hussain (20) and D Young (8) then saw the Cavaliers total pass 200 to secure full batting points, but the loss of both batsmen in successive balls saw the Cavaliers slip to 201/7. With wickets falling regularly towards the end of the innings, P Johnson (3), N Davidson (11) and S Riaz (2) were all dismissed, leaving U Ghani (3*) unbeaten as the Cavaliers posted 224 all out from 43.5 overs, losing by 26 runs.

14 July 2017

Teams - Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th

Saturday XI - Abberton II (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12noon or let Noman H know if going direct (CO5 7AW). Match starts at 1:00pm.
Noman H (c), Vinnie, Dan Y, Kaiser C, Raheel A, Prakash K, Pete J, Rauf R, Usman G, Salman R & Neville D

Sunday XI - Springfield (A) - Match conceded due to a lack of players.

9 July 2017

Cavs Battle Well

The Sunday team hosted Abberton at Mill Road today.

With only six Cavaliers present at the time of the toss, captain C Finch opted to bat first (the problem of working a batting line up to allow capable players to umpire and score dictated the order for a short while!). An opening partnership of 34 (with 19 extras!) got the Cavaliers off to a solid start (and allowed P Kannan enough time to turn up to bat at #3!), with N Davidson (9) the first batsmen to go. A superb second wicket partnership between the returning S Pillalamarri and P Kannan then saw the Cavaliers to the drinks break and beyond, raising the score to 87/1 (and bought enough time for N Jalib to arrive and bat at #4!). Unfortunately the dismissal of P Kannan (29) shortly after the break (after 3 'lives' in the two overs after drinks) saw a few wickets fall, with N Jalib (0) and H Tuckwell (0) both out with the score just shy of the hundred (99/4). Pillalamarri then added 39 runs with D Young, with Pillalamarri bringing up his fifty off 83 balls before being LBW to the 84th ball of his innings for a well made 53. With J Samwell (1) and A Kemp (0) out in successive balls, the Cavaliers had slipped to 140/7 and were in danger of not batting out their overs, but C Finch and D Young took the innings to the last over before Finch (8 - his best Cavs score) and T Mayhew (0) were both out in the final over (a double-wicket maiden), meaning the innings ended with the Cavaliers scoring a respectable 168 all out from their 40 overs, with D Young unbeaten on 31.

Unfortunately, the Abberton 'keeper, S Cowland, was struck by a ball late in the Cavaliers innings and had to go to hospital - Hopefully it wasn't anything serious and he recovers soon!

The Cavaliers claimed an early(ish) wicket through N Davidson (7-1-34-1) while P Kannan (7.5-0-42-0) bowled well without success at the other end. A change of bowling saw T Mayhew (6-0-33-0) and C Finch (5-0-54-2) introduced to the attack, with the skipper leading by example, claiming two quick wickets through good catches by T Mayhew and N Davidson and also throwing the ball to Mayhew to run out the Abberton #4 as both batsmen ended up at the strikers end. Some lazy fielding (which is sadly becoming a Cavaliers trait recently), and good batting, helped Abberton reach their target after just 25.5 overs, scoring 169/4.

Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

The Saturday XI welcomed Copford to Mill Road today.

After losing the toss, the Cavaliers were invited to bat first and added 68 runs for the first wicket before F Murtaza (47) was caught on the boundary. Murtaza's wicket lead to a mini-collapse as D Dellar (17) was dismissed, followed by K Chowdhury (2) and R Akhlaq (1) who both struggled on a tricky wicket. A fourth wicket partnership of 27 helped start the Cavs recovery, seeing the Cavaliers pass 100 before S Hussain was out for 18 on debut. A sixth wicket partnership of 46 (a 2017 season best for the sixth wicket) between R Rasheed and N Hussain saw the Cavs score reach 157/5 before Rasheed was caught for 35. With N Davidson (10) and P Johnson (1) out cheaply, the Cavs were 190/8 after 41 overs, but an unbeaten partnership between N Hussain (46*) and D Young (15*) saw the Cavs up to their final total of 215/8 from 45 overs.

The Cavaliers defence of their target saw some good early bowling from R Rasheed and N Davidson (5-0-25-0), but the Copford openers added 43 for the first wicket despite some close calls. With Rasheed claiming the first wicket via a wonder delivery that swung in massively, both he and S Riaz (6-3-18-3) combined to dismiss five Copford batsmen within 5 overs as the opposition collapsed to 64/5. With chances failing to go to hand, dropped catches and the fielding becoming more ragged, Copford added 57 for the sixth wicket before spinners N Hussain an K Chowdhury (6-1-40-1) both claimed wickets to leave Copford 132/7 with 13 overs left. As the game got closer to a conclusion, dropped catches and sloppy fielding saw the Cavs lose their grip on the game, despite R Rasheed (14-2-57-3) striking once more in the closing overs. With one over left, Copford required 9 to win, and got there with a ball to spare, despite the best efforts of N Hussain (13.5-2-59-1) - Copford winning by 2 wickets with a total of 216/8 from 44.5 overs.

6 July 2017

Teams - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th

Saturday XI - Copford II (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm. Match starts at 1:00pm.
Darren D (c), Noman H, Fowad M, Dan Y, Pete J, Rauf R, Salman R, Neville D, Raheel A, Kasier C & Salman H

Sunday XI - Abberton (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm. Match starts at 1:00pm.
Craig F (c), Dan Y, Kaiser C, Neville D, Sid P, Alex K, Tony M, Jarran S, Harrison T, TBC & TBC

2 July 2017

Sunday Team Claims Second Win of 2017

The Sunday team travelled to Harwich & Dovercourt today with ten men.

With skipper N Jalib winning the toss, the Cavaliers opted to bat first. An early wicket saw M Nadeem (4) out in the first over. A second wicket partnership of 36 between S Anandraj and N Jalib then saw the Cavs recover to 43/1 before both Anandraj (9) and P Kannan (5) fell in quick succession. With the score on 51/3, a big fourth wicket partnership of 86 saw the Cavs pass 100, with N Jalib reaching another Cavs fifty in just 44 balls before being dismissed for a 79-ball 80, his top score for the club. His partner during that partnership, R Ikhlaq (27), fell soon afterwards as Harwich & Dovercourt picked up regular wickets with R Rasheed (14) and C Finch (5) also out. The Cavaliers had reached 170/7 when D Young joined N Davidson at the crease, and the pair added 42 runs for the eighth wicket in just 21 balls, with Young (7) run out off of the last ball of the 39th over trying to give Davidson the strike for a last over assault. Unfortunately Davidson (35 from 16 balls) was caught off of the first ball of the 40th over, leaving T Mayhew (0*) unbeaten without facing a ball. The Cavaliers ended their innings 212 all out from 39.1 overs.

The HDCC reply got off to a good start, as the openers added 51 together before the Cavaliers opening bowlers, R Rasheed (9-1-42-2) and N Davidson (9-1-39-1), claimed three wickets (all bowled) in two overs to reduce the hosts to 59/3. With M Nadeem (9-1-42-1) picking up a wicket via a catch by Anandraj at long-off, the hosts reached 83/4 before P Kannan struck twice in successive overs (including a stunning catch by N Davidson, running around and diving full length), leaving the score on 85/6. Some tight bowling from Nadeem and Kannan kept the scoring rate down, while Kannan continued to take wickets (one via an edge to D Young) on his way to excellent figures of 9-3-25-4 (his best bowling for the Cavs so far). With T Mayhew (4-1-10-1) claiming a wicket in the death overs, the Cavaliers restricted Harwich & Dovercourt to 168/9 from their 40 overs to claim a 44 run win.

Travellers at Mill Road

We have received several reports of travellers camping on the rugby pitches at Mill Road. The council, groundsman, police and traveller unit have all been notified. Members and guests are advised to be vigilant when in the area, especially on match days with your personal belongings.

1 July 2017

Bookers Rally Against Cavs

The Saturday XI welcomed Abberton to Mill Road today in the Two Counties Championship.

Having won the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first, With opening bowlers A Sarwar (opening spell of 6-4-7-2) and R Rasheed (opening spell of 10-0-43-3) combining well to reduce the visitors to 56/7, with U Ghani claiming the other wicket to fall. Ghani (12-7-14-2) then joined forces with S Riaz (5-0-16-1) in reducing Abberton to 64/8 after 23.4 overs, with a seemingly low score (and early finish) in prospect. It was then that Abberton's Booker brothers, Mike (41*) and David (34*) batting at 9 and 10, came together in an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 95, seeing off spells from P Kannan (2-0-10-0) and the returning openers, A Sarwar (11-4-38-2) and R Rasheed (15-0-61-3) as Abberton closed their innings 159/8 from their 45 overs.

The Cavaliers reply then saw early wickes fall, with M Vinter (a first-ball 0), D Dellar (2), T Janganan (0) and K Chowdhury (10) all dimissed cheaply with the score 16/4. A fifth wicket partnership of 32 between P Kannan and P Johnson helped to recover things, but Johnson (16) was out in controversial circumstances as the score slipped to 32/5, as D Booker ended his spell with impressive figures of 9-4-18-4. With the sixth wicket adding 31, the Cavs reached 63/5 before Kannan (32) and JJ Elliston (14) were out in quick succession (65/7). A counter-attacking R Rasheed (23) then took control during an eighth wicket partnership of 32 before he holed out to long-on attempting to hit a second six off of the bowling of C Oldrey (9.4-3-46-3). With the score 97/8, the Cavaliers limped past 100 shortly after S Riaz (6) was dismissed. A Sawar (11*) then decided to hit out, but the wicket of U Ghani (5) ended the Cavaliers innings on 113 after 33.4 overs, losing by 46 runs.

A full scorecard can be found here: