Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

27 June 2018

Teams - Saturday 30th & Sunday 1st

Saturday XI - Dunmow (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:45am or Dunmow by 12:30pm. Let Darren know if going direct (CM6 3AT). Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Prakash K, Bipin P, Vinay G, Dan Y, Rauf R, Noman H, Neville D, Fowad M, Peter J & Salman R

Sunday XI - Coggeshall (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12noon or Coggeshall by 12:30pm. Let Noman J know if going direct (CO6 1RQ). Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Imran I, Fowad M, Vinnie, Raheel A, Kaiser C, Prakash K, Subhadeep G, Rauf R, Nadeem & Dan Y

23 June 2018

New Record at Chantry Park

The Saturday XI travelled to Chantry Park to play Ipswich & East Suffolk today and batted first.

Cavaliers openers D Dellar and S Gilhooly started the innings well, adding 89 runs together by the first drinks break after 15 overs with Gilhooly passing fifty just before the break. Immediately after play restarted Dellar (32) was caught, but a second wicket partnership of 41 between Gilhooly and D Smith saw the Cavs reach 130/1 at the halfway point of the innings. After Smith (16) was dismissed the Cavaliers built a great third wicket partnership, during which time Gilhooly registered the first Cavs hundred of 2018, and continued past 150 as he and J Walton (39) added 127 together; the score 257/3 after the wicket of Walton. By the time the next wicket fell Gilhooly had set a new record for the highest individual score by a Cavaliers batsman, surpassing his previous best of 163 against Maldon in 2005. After the wickets of K Chowdhury (2) and R Rasheed (1), Gilhooly was finally dismissed for a record 185 (130 balls, 35 fours, 4 sixes) as the Cavaliers reached 289/6 after 41 overs. The score then passed 300 (only the second time the Cavaliers have passed that mark) as N Davidson and P Johnson (8*) added 33 together. With Davidson (23) stumped off the penultimate ball of the innings, a boundary from N Hussain (4*) off the last ball saw the Cavs up to 326/7 from their 45 overs.

The Ipswich & ES reply got off to a good start as their openers added 49 together before R Rasheed claimed the first wicket to fall and N Hussain then ran out the other opener with a direct hit soon afterwards to make it 54/2. A further 27 runs were added by the third wicket partnership, but quick wickets from N Davidson (7-0-57-2), another from Rasheed (7-1-25-2) and a wicket by S Riaz (4-0-20-1) saw Ipswich & ES lose four wickets for just nine runs, slipping to 90/6. The opposition then passed 100 before N Hussain (3-1-15-1) claimed the next wicket to fall before Dellar turned to K Chowdhury (1-0-1-0) and D Smith (1.3-0-3-1) to finish off the innings - Ipswich & East Suffolk being all out for 131, losing by 195 runs.

20 June 2018

Teams - Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th

Saturday XI - Ipswich & East Suffolk (A) - meet at Chantry Park, Ipswich (IP2 0BP) by 12:30pm. Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Noman H, Dan Y, Simon G, Dan S, Kaiser C, Jon W, Rauf R, Peter J, Neville D & Salman R

Sunday XI - Boxted (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Farhan M, Fowad M, Raheel A, Nadeem, Adnan A, Haji A, Subhadeep G, Imran I, Vinay G & Prakash K

17 June 2018

Cavs Fail at the Garrison

The Sunday XI travelled to the Garrison ground today to face The Real Oddies.

With skipper C Finch winning the toss, the Cavaliers fielded first and made two early breakthroughs through R Rasheed (9-0-38-2) as the Oddies were reduced to 20/2. A third wicket partnership of 41 helped them recover, but V Gedi (9-0-40-1) claimed the next wicket to fall. A further 41 runs were added to the total before H Ahamed claimed his maiden Cavaliers wicket, and once the Oddies reached 124/4 the Cavs spinners, H Ahamed (9-0-25-3) and C Finch (5-0-23-1) made three quick breakthroughs, making the score 126/7. The Cavaliers then claimed one more wicket as opening bowler S Riaz (8-1-34-1) returned. The Oddies ended their innings on 162/8 from their 40 overs.

The Cavaliers openers added 14 runs at the beginning of their reply before A Rasheed (9) was the first batsman out. The Cavs reached 24/1 but three quick wickets, those of R Akhlaq (13), S Gupta (0) and I Ikram (5), saw the score slip to 29/4. Wickets then fell at regular intervals (the next four partnerships all added 13 or 14 each) as R Rasheed (7), H Ahamed (13), D Young (5) and V Gedi (20) were all dismissed. With C Finch (0) the last man to go, the Cavaliers were all out for 84 after 31.5 overs, with S Riaz not out on 5, losing by 78 runs.

Big Loss to Dunmow

The Saturday XI hosted Dunmow IIs at Mill Road today and fielded first after winning the toss.

Opening bowlers N Davidson and R Rasheed bowled well but without reward, with edges and aerial shots either not going to hand or being dropped. The Dunmow openers took full advantage as they added 62 for the opening partnership before S Riaz (5-0-20-1) took the first wicket. The next over saw skipper D Dellar take the next wicket (caught by Riaz, diving forwards) to reduce the opposition to 62/2. Dunmow then added 35 further runs to the total before Dellar (11-1-57-2) took his second wicket, but Dunmow then had a fourth wicket partnership of 90, with H Ahamed (4-0-24-0) going wicketless while Dellar continued his spell. The partnership was broken by P Kannan (6-0-47-2), who added a second wicket to is tally shortly afterwards while N Davidson (10-0-56-1) and R Rasheed (9-0-55-1) claimed late wickets upon their return as Dunmow ended their 45 overs on 285/7.

The Cavaliers reply started well, adding 34 runs in 4.2 overs before S Gilhooly (20; all in boundaries) was caught at slip. With the Cavs losing H Ahamed (0) and M Vinter (9) soon afterwards, the scoreboard looked less healthy at 38/3 after 8.2 overs. P Kannan and R Rasheed then saw the score up to 57/3, but regular wickets saw the Cavaliers reduced to 76/7 as Rasheed (3), J Corcos (4), Kannan (21) and N Davidson (2) were all caught. The home side then got within touching distance of a batting bonus point as D Dellar and P Johnson got the total up to 92/7, but the wickets of Johnson (3) and S Riaz (1) saw the score slip to 95/9 as D Young joined Dellar at the crease. The last pair then concentrated on gaining batting points, frustrating Dunmow by adding 64 runs for the tenth wicket (10 short of the club record) in 10 overs before Dellar (65) was caught at slip. The Cavaliers ended on 159 all out from 44.2 overs, with Young unbeaten on 10*.

14 June 2018

Teams - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th

Saturday XI - Dunmow (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Dan Y, Vinnie, Simon G, Prakash K, Rauf R, Haji A, Joel C, Peter J, Neville D & Salman R

Sunday XI - Real Oddies (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm or Garrison at 12:30pm. Let Craig F know if going direct (CO2 7SZ). Match starts at 1pm.
Craig F (C), Dan Y, Vinay G, Subhadeep G, Salman R, Raheel A, Rauf R, Haji A, Imran I, Arif R & TBC

11 June 2018

Another Sunday Win

The Sunday XI played Great Horkesley & Lexden at home yesterday and fielded first.

The Cavaliers got off to a good start with F Munir (9-2-40-1) claiming an early wicket, although fellow opening bowler R Rasheed (9-0-44-0) went wicketless. With V Gedi (9-0-27-0) also unable to make a breakthrough, captain N Jalib turned to F Murtaza (5-0-28-1) who claimed the next wicket to fall, making the score 59/2. The next wicket was claimed by C Finch (2-0-18-1) to make the score 126/3, although A Ali (4-0-27-0) and R Ahklaq (2-0-13-0) were not able to add another wicket as GH&L ended their 40 overs on 203/4, with the fourth wicket coming late in the innings via a run out by V Gedi.

The Cavaliers reply saw wicketkeeper I Ikram (0) fall early, but a second wicket partnership of 40 saw the score reach 56/1 before R Akhlaq (22) was the next to go. With T Janganan (8) being dismissed soon afterwards it was left to a fourth wicket partnership of 110 between opener F Murtaza and F Munir to put the Cavaliers within touching distance of a win at 175/3 before Murtaza (73) was out LBW. An unbeaten fifth wicket partnership between Munir (95*) and N Jalib (2*) then saw the Cavs home, reaching 208/4 in just 23.5 overs for a six wicket win.

9 June 2018

Another Cavs Low-Scorer

The Saturday XI hosted Halstead III today and batted first after losing the toss.

The Cavaliers got off to a steady start, with D Dellar and E Parry adding 39 for the first wicket in 12 overs before Parry (1) was caught behind. The Cavs then lost two wickets with the score on 46, with F Murtaza (5) and J Walton (0) the men to go, before debutant S Gupta scored his first runs for the club prior to being caught at midwicket to make the score 55/4 after 16.4 overs. A fifth wicket partnership of 27 then helped the Cavaliers rebuild, but a superb reflex catch at midwicket accounted for S Gilhooly (12), triggering a "Cavaliers Collapse" as the team slipped from 82/4 to 87/9; D Dellar (50), K Chowdhury (1), P Johnson (0) and JJ Elliston (4) all being dismissed in the 7 overs after Gilhooly's departure. Finally, a tenth wicket partnership of 24 saw the Cavaliers pass three figures, reaching 111 all out in 42.3 overs before S Riaz (15) was the last man out, with D Young unbeaten on 7 not out.

The Cavs reply then got off to a great start, taking a wicket with the third ball of the innings! Opening bowler S Riaz (9-2-20-1) was unlucky to not take more wickets, seeing edges fall short or just evade fielders, while F Murtaza (7-2-17-0) bowled well enough to beat the edge several times. Halstead advanced their score to 48/1 before K Chowdhury (8-2-25-1) claimed the next wicket to fall during his fine spell of spin bowling. It was then the turn of JJ Elliston (7-3-20-1) to take a wicket, bowling the Halstead #4 to make it 67/3. With Halstead losing in on their target, the captain turned to J Walton (3.1-0-13-1) who then took a wicket with his second ball bowled while D Dellar (3-1-7-0) kept things tight at the other end. It was to no avail though, as Halstead scored 113/4 in 37.1 overs to win by 6 wickets.

8 June 2018

Teams - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th

Saturday XI - Halstead (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Ed P, Fowad M, Simon G, Jon W, Kaiser C, Subhadeep G, Pete J, JJ, Dan Y & Salman R

Sunday XI - Great Horkesley & Lexden (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Craig F, Fowad M, Farhan M, Rauf R, Raheel A, Joel C, Vinay G, Tham J, Adnan A & Imran I

4 June 2018

Cavs Beat Bergholt's Banks

The Sunday XI played their first home game of the season yesterday, hosting West Bergholt.

Upon winning the toss, captain N Jalib invited Bergholt to bat first. After an early wicket (the score was 1/1), R Rasheed (9-4-21-3) then made two further breakthroughs to reduce the opposition to 45/3 while his fellow opening bowler B Prabhu (6-0-23-0) went wicketless. First change bowler F Munir (6-1-22-2) then took the next wickets to fall as Bergholt went from 60/3 to 60/5. P Kannan then took two wickets to make the score 73/6 before C Finch (1-0-30-0) was unlucky to have to bowl to Bergholt's J Banks. With F Murtaza claiming the wicket of Banks (98), it was left to Kannan (6-2-12-3) and F Murtaza (3.2-0-12-2) to take the last two wickets as West Bergholt were all out for 128 in 31.2 overs.

The Cavaliers reply then started very well as F Murtaza and N Jalib added 86 for the first wicket before Murtaza was caught behind for 54. Jalib (41*) and H Ahamed (20*) then saw the Cavaliers to a winning total adding 43 for the second wicket; the Cavaliers ending on 129/1 after just 15 overs for a nine wicket win!

2 June 2018

Bowled Out By Bardwell

The Saturday XI travelled to Bardwell today. With captain D Dellar maintaining his losing streak at the toss, the Cavaliers were invited to bat first.

Against some accurate and sharp swing bowling, openers Dellar and M Vinter did well to add 26 runs together before Vinter (7) was caught behind in the 11th over. With Bardwell's first-change bowler claiming three wickets in his first three overs, the Cavs were then reduced to 41/4 as F Murtaza (2), Dellar (28) and J Walton (1) were all dismissed. A fifth wicket partnership of 29 between D Smith and K Chowdhury then saw the Cavaliers reach 70, but Chowdhury (16) was then caught at mid-off. With JJ Elliston (0) out at the end of the 28th over, the Cavaliers were 79/6 and up against it... So a "Cavaliers Collapse" was not the best thing to happen; once Smith (15) was out, he was quickly followed by V Gedi (0), D Young (1) and S Riaz (1). With P Johnson (1*) undefeated, the Cavaliers were all out for 85 in just 34 overs.

With the tea not ready, the teams immediately turned around for the second innings, with S Riaz (4-1-13-0) and V Gedi (4-0-17-0) unable to break the opening partnership before the tea break. In the first over after tea, K Chowdhury broke the opening partnership by bowling the Bardwell wicketkeeper around his legs, while F Murtaza bowled well at the other end. Chowdhury (5-0-19-2) then made a second breakthrough with the last ball of his spell as J Walton caught a top edge at midwicket. Next to take a wicket was D Smith (2-0-10-1) as S Riaz took a good running catch at mid-on, and in the next over F Murtaza (7-1-22-1) took a well-deserved wicket as D Young took a diving one-handed catch down the leg side to reduce Bardwell to 72/4 after 20 overs. With the game nearing a conclusion (the score was 84/4 when he came on), JJ Elliston was encouraged to bowl a six-wicket maiden to force the win. With F Murtaza catching the Bardwell captain at point off the first ball of the over there was a possibility, but Bardwell scored their required 2 runs as they finished on 86/5 from 23 overs, Elliston finishing with figures of 1-0-2-1.