Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

31 May 2018

Teams - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd

Saturday XI - Bardwell (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or Bardwell at 12:30pm. Let Darren know if going direct (IP31 1AY). Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Dan Y, Vinnie, Fowad M, Dan S, JJ, Kaiser C, Jon W, Peter J, Vinay G & Salman R

Sunday XI - West Bergholt (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Craig F, Fowad M, Tham J, Farhan M, Prakash K, Bipin P, Haji A, Rauf R, Raheel A & Nadeem

28 May 2018

Tour Ends at Hundall

The Cavaliers Tour XI made the short journey to Hundall today for the first time.

Once again the Cavs found themselves fielding first with N Davidson (6-0-32-0) and T Mayhew (6-1-30-0) again unlucky to go wicketless. With C Finch (6-0-46-0), W Newton (5-0-10-0) and P Johnson (3-0-17-0) also going without a wicket, it was left the the captain T Chedgey (3-0-20-2) to make the only breakthroughs of the day. With D Young (1-0-9-0) bowling the last over of the day, Hundall ended their 30 overs on 168/2.

The Cavaliers reply got off to a slow start before E Parry (10) was the first man out. A second wicket partnership of 20 in 12 overs then saw the Cavs up to 32/1 before N Davidson (16) was next to go. With C Finch (6) the next to go, the Cavaliers were 44/3 after 21.2 overs. After S Pillalamarri (6) was dismissed with the score on 50, P Johnson and D Young added 20 together before Johnson (2) was out. A quick-fire 19 from W Newton saw the Cavs up to 89/6 upon his dismissal with 7 balls remaining. With 14 coming from those remaining balls, the Cavs ended their 30 overs on 103/6 with D Young (26*) and T Chedgey (1*) the not out batsmen.

An excellent and friend game ended with N Davidson being nominated as the Cavaliers Man of the Match by Hundall.

Peter Rawlings Memorial Cup Match

The touring XI contested the first Peter Rawlings Memorial Cup Match against Apperknowle yesterday and fielded first after observing a minutes silence in memory of Peter.

Opening bowlers N Davidson (10-0-42-0) and T Mayhew (9-0-58-0) bowled well but without reward as the opposition openers added 73 together before D Dellar claimed two wickets in two balls to make the initial breakthrough. With K Chowdhury (6-0-41-0) also bowling well, it was Dellar (8-1-48-3) who took the third wicket to fall as the score reached 115/3. With C Finch (5-0-28-2) taking two more wickets while captain S Pillalamarri (2-0-9-0) went wicketless, Apperknowle ended their 40 overs on 233/5.

The Cavaliers reply saw M Vinter (3) dismissed early on, but a second wicket partnership of 40 between S Gilhooly and K Chowdhury saw the Cavs up to 49 before Chowdhury (25) was out. The Cavaliers then lost two quick wickets as E Parry (4) and Gilhooly (26) both departed. Wickets then fell at regular intervals without any partneships being formed, with S Pillalamarri (8) and P Johnson (2) the next to go. A battling 26 from D Dellar helped the Cavs pass 100, but his wicket and those of D Young (9), C Finch (2) and N Davidson (6) saw the Cavaliers finish on 123 all out from 31.2 overs, losing by 110 runs with T Mayhew unbeaten on 2*.

27 May 2018

Cavs Edge Out Chatsworth

After the disappointment of a rained off game at Whittington on the first day of tour, the touring Cavaliers travelled to a sunny Chatsworth for their first taste of cricket for the weekend.

The Cavs lost the toss and were asked to bowl first, with N Davidson (7-1-28-0) finding good bounce at one end while fellow opening bowler T Mayhew (7-0-28-1) made an early breakthrough thanks to a superb diving catch from a flying Davidson. First change bowler J Lawson (7-0-31-0), K Chowdhury and captain C Finch (7-0-33-0) bowled well without reward before D Dellar made a return to bowling (medium pace outswing), claiming a sharp caught and bowled chance on his way to figures of 3-1-5-1. With P Johnson (2-0-12-0) also unable to make a breakthrough, Finch returned to Chowdhury (7-0-40-1) who claimed a late wicket before Davidson and Young combined for a run out; Chatsworth ending their 40 overs on 181/4.

The Cavaliers reply started well, with D Dellar and M Vinter adding 36 together before Vinter (20) got a thin edge through to the Chatsworth 'keeper. With E Parry (1) out soon afterwards, a third wicket partnership of 56 steadied the innings before S Gilhooly (30) was out just as he was threatening to go big; the Cavs now 94/3. The score moved onto 117/3 before Dellar was the next batsman dismissed, falling just short of a half century (49). The Cavaliers got the required runs down to 50 with 10 overs remaining, but both P Johnson (2) and K Chowdhury (19) fell in quick succession. A seventh wicket partnership of 18 between N Davidson and J Lawson got the Cavs within 29 runs of the target (7 overs remaining) before Lawson (4) was out caught. With Davidson and D Young running hard, the Cavaliers got up to 173/7 before Davidson (26) was bowled with victory in sight. With just 9 needed from 3 overs, Young (13*) was joined by captain C Finch (3*). Some quick ones and twos later, and the Cavaliers had won by two wickets with three balls remaining; the score 182/8 from 39.3 overs.

20 May 2018

Cavs Fall Short at Copford

The Saturday XI travelled to Copford, winning the toss and electing to bowl first.

The opening bowlers, N Davidson (5-1-18-0) and S Riaz, kept things tight as Copford reached 29/0 in the first 9 overs. D Dellar then turned to his spinners, but the Copford opening pair added 82 together before U Ghani (15-1-72-2) made two breakthroughs; the second one making the score 107/2. A third wicket partnership of 43 then saw Copford reach 150/2, but N Hussain (15-2-46-3) took three quick wickets (including two from the last two balls of his spell) as Copford slipped to 153/5. The last 7 overs then saw Copford add 60 runs off the bowling of the returning Riaz (7-0-26-0) and V Gedi (3-0-28-0) as they reached 214/5 from their 45 overs.

The Cavaliers reply started with an opening partnership of 51 between D Dellar and E Parry before Parry was bowled for 15. With F Murtaza (2) out soon afterwards, Dellar and P Kannan saw the Cavs up to 94/2, with Dellar (45) the next man out. With R Rasheed (4) out soon afterwards, the Cavaliers were 99/4. A fourth wicket partnership of 31 between Kannan and K Chowdhury got the Cavs up to 130/4, but a collapse saw Kannan (20), V Gedi (1) and N Hussain (0) all out as the score slipped to 131/7. The chances of a Cavaliers win looked slim, but Chowdhury and N Davidson added 53 runs for the eighth wicket to give the team a chance of victory before Chowdhury (47) was bowled with the score on 184. Despite the best efforts of Davidson (27*), the wickets of U Ghani (0) and S Riaz (0) meant the Cavaliers were 199 all out from 45 overs, losing by 15 runs.

15 May 2018

Team - Saturday 19th

Saturday XI - Copford II (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12noon or Copford at 12:30pm. Let Darren know if going direct (CO6 1DG). Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Kaiser C, Fowad M, Salman R, Noman H, Rauf R, Usman G, Neville D, Prakash K, Vinay G and Ed P

12 May 2018

Poke in the Eye for The Cavs

The Saturday XI travelled to Eye today and batted first upon losing the toss.

The Cavaliers made steady progress at the start of their innings with openers D Dellar and J Walton (4) adding 15 for the first wicket. With R Akhlaq (5) and P Kannan (2) also departing, the Cavs had reached 41/3 in 14.1 overs, but Dellar was joined by R Rasheed in a fourth wicket partnership of 67 in 13 overs, with Dellar bringing up the first fifty of the season for the Cavaliers. Upon the dimissal of Dellar (52), the Cavaliers experienced their usual collapse as they slipped from 108/3 to 122/8, with J Corcos (0), Rasheed (38), P Johnson (3) and V Gedi (0) all following the skipper back to the pavilion in a 5 over period. A ninth wicket partnership of 20 improved matters before D Young (3) was dismissed, but the Cavaliers reached 157 all out in 40.1 overs once S Riaz (0) was dismissed - N Davidson batting responsibly for 22 not out at the end. Bowling performance of the day went to Eye's R Lockwood though, with impressive figures of 12-3-21-7!!

The Cavaliers struck early in their defence of 157, with opening bowler R Rasheed and N Davidson removing both Eye openers. With Davidson (7-0-37-2) and Rasheed striking again, Eye were 47/4 after 12.3 overs. Eye then had a couple of good partnerships as the bowlers struggled with their lines; S Riaz (6.4-0-32-0) goung wicketless, though V Gedi (5-0-16-1) managed to claim a wicket. With P Kannan (6-0-21-1) breaking another partnership, Dellar turned back to his opening bowlers with Rasheed (15-1-40-3) claiming a wicket from his final ball. Sadly it was too late for the Cavaliers, with Eye reaching their target of 158 after 40.4 overs for the loss of 7 wickets.

10 May 2018

Team - Saturday 12th

Saturday XI - Eye & District (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or Eye at 12:15pm. Let Darren know if going direct (IP23 7NH). Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Dan Y, Salman R, Jon W, Peter J, Joel C, Vinay G, Rauf R, Raheel A, Neville D & Prakash K

6 May 2018

Cavs Struggle in Sunny Stebbing

The Sunday XI travelled to Stebbing today to begin their 2018 campaign.

With various players arriving late and the captain not having a full compliment of players at the ground, skipper N Jalib was more than happy to win the toss and bat first. The Cavaliers lost opener R Akhlaq (0) early on, but fellow opener M Nadeem and captain N Jalib got the score board ticking over before Jalib (12) was dismissed with the score on 33/2. Nadeem then combined with Cavs debutant F Munir in a third wicket partnership of 67 in 12 overs, with both batsmen hitting fours and sixes galore before the Stebbing spinners put a squeeze on the scoring rate. With the score 100/2 after 19 overs, the Cavs saw Nadeem (46) and B Prabhu (2) dismissed in quick succession before re-building to 126/4 through Munir and R Rasheed. The dreaded "Cavaliers Collapse" struck for the second time this weekend though, with Rasheed (8), Munir (40), D Young (0) and N Davidson (0) all dismissed in the space of two overs as the score slipped from 126/4 to 127/8; four wickets for just one run! With just the tail left, the Stebbing bowlers made short work of V Gedi (2) and A Ali (4 on debut) as the Cavaliers were all out for 139 in 38 overs, with C Finch unbeaten on 2*.

The Stebbing chase saw their openers add 26 in the face of some excellent bowling from opening bowlers R Rasheed and N Davidson, with Rasheed producing some excellent swing with the old ball. First to strike was Davidson (4-1-22-1), but it was Rasheed (7-2-32-2) who then took two wickets in two balls, including an early contender for wicket-taking delivery of 2018! - The Cavs claiming three wickets in four balls as Stebbing slipped to 30/3. Jalib then shuffled his change bowlers, but seamers F Munir (5-0-24-0), B Prabhu (3-0-19-0) and V Gedi (2-0-12-0) were unable to build upon the work of the openers. With the spin of C Finch (1-0-14-0) not providing a breakthrough, Jalib turned to debutant A Ali (0.4-0-5-1) who broke the fourth wicket partnership of 109 via a comidic stumping by D Young (two attempts in slow motion). With the scores level at 139/4, it was almost over; Stebbing running out 6 wicket winners after 22.4 overs.

Gedi Prevents Sudbury's Revenge of the Fifth

After last week's rained off game, the Cavaliers travelled to Lavenham to play Sudbury III in a bid to maintain their unbeaten start to 2018 (albeit without playing!).

Having lost the toss the Cavaliers were put into bat, with captain D Dellar an M Vinter finding free scoring a problem on a slow pitch. A great effort from the pair saw them add 71 runs for the first wicket in 21.3 overs before Dellar (35) was the first wicket to fall. Vinter (30) fell three overs later, and K Chowdhury (13) two overs after that. A fourth wicket partnership of 26 between P Kannan and P Johnson saw the Cavaliers reach 120/3, but the curse of the "Cavaliers collapse" saw Johnson (6), N Hussain (0) and Kannan (20) fall as the score slipped to 120/6! With N Davidson (5) out soon afterwards, debutant V Gedi (playing his first ever game of hard ball cricket) and D Young added 15 together before Young (4) was bowled off his pads, with S Riaz (2) fell soon after too. A big six from last man U Ghani saw the Cavaliers pass 150, but Ghani (6) fell without adding more runs to his tally as the Cavaliers ended their innings 153 all out off 40.3 overs, with Gedi unbeaten on 11* in a fine first showing for the club.

The Cavaliers bowling effort began with boundaries, no balls and wides, but the opening pair of N Davidson (5-1-20-0) and S Riaz soon settled into a rhythm as the Sudbury opening pair added 38 in the first ten overs before Riaz (8-0-28-2) found enough movement to dismiss both openers. With breakthroughs made Dellar turned to his spinners U Ghani and N Hussain.  Both started economically with a few near misses but it was Hussain who made the next breakthroughs, including wicket of the well set #3 batsmen, as he bamboozled the opposition; at one stage bowling 47 balls for just 1 run and taking two wickets in that time! Ghani (11-1-27-1) claimed a deserved wicket via a diving Davidson catch before being replaced by Gedi with Sudbury 88/6 after 31 overs. Gedi continued the economical work of the spinners, claiming a caught and bowled chance for a wicket on debut to go with his not out and fine fielding display. A couple of overs later, Hussain (14-7-14-4) took the prized wicket of Hinchcliffe (stumped Young) before Gedi (7.3-1-12-2) finished the innings with another caught and bowled - Sudbury all out for 107 as the Cavaliers claimed a full 20pts with a 46 run win.

3 May 2018

Teams - Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th

Saturday XI - Sudbury III (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:15am or Lavenham at 12noon. Let Darren know if going direct (CO10 9SH). Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Noman H, Dan Y, Vinnie, Kaiser C, Salman R, Usman G, Prakash K, Pete J, Vinay G & Neville D

Sunday XI - Stebbing (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or Stebbing at 12:15pm. Let Noman J know if going direct (CM6 3SN). Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Craig F, Dan Y, Farhan M, Rauf R, Raheel A, Vinay G, Nadeem, Bipin P, Neville D & TBC