Cavaliers Cricket Club, Colchester, Essex, England

30 August 2018

Teams - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd

Saturday XI - Coggeshall (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or Earls Colne by 12pm. Let Darren know if going direct (CO6 2NS). Match starts at 12:30pm.
Darren D (C), Fowad M, Pete J, Salman R, Vinnie, Rauf R, Neville D, Prakash K, Vinay G, Imran I and Tariq H

Sunday XI - Kelvedon & Feering (A) - meet at Mill Road by 11:30am or Kelvedon by 12:10pm. Let Noman J know if going direct (CO5 9SB). Match starts at 12:30pm.
Noman J (C), Craig F, Imran I, Subhadeep G, Nadeem, Vinay G, Fowad M, Haji A, Salman R, Rauf R and Neville D

24 August 2018

Teams - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th

Saturday XI - Halstead (A)
Match conceded due to a lack of players

Sunday XI - West Bergholt (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12:20pm or West Bergholt by 12:40pm. Let Noman J know if going direct (CO6 3JJ). Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Craig F, Fowad M, Vinay G, Nadeem, Dan Y, Tariq H, Imran I, Sid P, Rauf R and Neville D

19 August 2018

Cavs Go Big At Boxted

The Sunday XI made the short trip to Boxted today and batted first after winning the toss.

The Cavaliers opened their batting with I Ikram and F Murtaza, both of whom took the attack to Boxted, adding 85 runs for the opening partnership at a run rate just above 6 an over. The partnership was ended after a brilliant stop at first slip saw I Ikram (23) run out. The run rate was maintained in a second wicket partnership of 48 between Murtaza (who brought up a 47-ball fifty) and N Jalib, seeing the Cavaliers up to 133/1 after 22 overs but Murtaza (67) was eventually caught at long-off. An attacking third wicket partnership of 146* (at over 8 an over!) between Jalib and M Nadeem saw the Cavs accelerate; Jalib bringing up a 46-ball fifty and Nadeem reaching his fifty in 50 balls. The Cavaliers looked set for a score in the region of 250-260, but three sixes by Nadeem (77*) off the last three balls of the 39th over saw the Cavs race past 270, reaching 279/2 at the end of their 40 overs, with Jalib unbeaten on 88*.

The Cavaliers defence of their imposing total saw S Riaz claim a wicket in his 5 over opening spell while N Asim (1-0-2-0) opened at the other end, though he was soon replaced by V Gedi who bowled a fine spell of 9-5-6-2. With N Hussain (9-2-20-4) replacing Riaz the Boxted order collapsed, at one point reaching 32/6, before Hussain was replaced by H Ahamed (4-0-29-1) who claimed the next wicket to fall. With Riaz (6-1-12-2) returning to take the ninth wicket to fall, M Nadeem (7-3-12-1) then ended the match in the next over, taking the last wicket as Boxted were all out for 84 - The Cavaliers winning by 195 runs.

Bardwell Do The Double

The Saturday XI hosted Bardwell yesterday and, after winning the toss, elected to field first.

The decision to field saw the Cavaliers start well as Bardwell slipped to 21/3 with opening bowlers N Davidson (9-3-38-1) and R Rasheed (15-0-80-2) removing the Bardwell top order. Bardwell then recovered in spectacular fashion, adding 169 runs for the fourth wicket as S Riaz (4-0-20-0), V Gedi (5-2-14-0), D Smith (3-0-19-0) and J Walton (2-0-15-0) went wicketless. The late introduction of F Murtaza (7-1-41-3) saw him remove both of Bardwell's set batsmen though, but they ended their 45 overs on 234/6.

The Cavaliers reply saw F Murtaza (2) dismissed early on, followed by D Smith (0) to leave the score on 15/2. With Cavs captain D Dellar (30*) retiring hurt, P Kannan and I Ikram set about rebuilding the Cavaliers innings, getting the side up to 80/2 before Kannan (34) was caught. A fourth wicket partnership of 64 between Ikram and J Walton helped the Cavaliers recover, but the wicket of Ikram (45) left the score on 144/4. A further 20 runs were added for the fifth wicket, but R Rasheed (9) and JJ Elliston (0) fell in quick succession. It was then left to Walton (40*) and V Gedi (4*) to see the Cavaliers up to their final score of 177/6 from 45 overs, losing by 57 runs.

16 August 2018

Teams - Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th

Saturday XI - Bardwell (H) - meet at Mill Road by 11:45am to help set up. Match starts at 12:30pm.
Darren D (C), Fowad M, Prakash K, Imran I, Rauf R, Vinay G, Salman R, JJ, Jon W, Dan S and Neville D

Sunday XI - Boxted (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12:30pm or Boxted by 12:40pm. Let Noman J know if going direct (CO4 5RE). Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Fowad M, Vinay G, Nadeem, Dan Y, Haji A, Raheel A, Subhadeep G, Noman H, Salman R and TBC

11 August 2018

Dropped Catches & Collapses Cost Cavs

The Saturday XI hosted Copdock & OI 3rds today at Mill Road.

The Cavaliers lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a damp wicket. The innings started badly as D Dellar (0) was out in the first over, but F Murtaza and N Jalib batted well together to get the Cavaliers up to 45/1 before Murtaza (24) was run out due to confusion caused by a dropped catch! Jalib then combined with P Kannan in a third wicket partnership of 44 to get the Cavs up to 89/2 from 17 overs, but three quick wickets saw the score slip to 93/5 as Jalib (26), R Rasheed (0) and Kannan (23) all deaparted. With P Johnson (4) out soon afterwards, H Ahamed and N Hussain set about rebuilding the innings as the Cavaliers reached 130/6 from 31 overs but another cluster of wickets saw Hussain (4), H Ahamed (23) and S Riaz (1) dismissed as the Cavs reached 134/9 in the 34th over. The last pair then added 10 further runs before N Davidson (8) was out; D Young (1*) the undefeated batsman as the Cavs finished on 144 all out from 37.5 overs.

The Cavaliers kept things tight as the second innings began, with R Rasheed bowling an excellent opening spell of 10-6-6-1 and N Davidson opening with a spell of 5-0-8-0. With no wickets falling in the first 10 overs (Rasheed's wicket came in the 17th), Dellar turned to N Hussain who struck twice in his first two overs. With Copdock reaching 40/3 at drinks (22 overs), the Cavs were in control of the run rate, but a series of dropped catches and some frantic running from the Copdock batsmen saw the opposition recover before Hussain (11-3-52-4) struck twice in an over. After unlucky spells from S Riaz (6-0-27-0) and H Ahamed (1-0-15-0), Dellar turned back to his openers R Rasheed (14-6-22-1) and N Davidson (7-0-20-0) before F Murtaza (2.1-0-8-0) had a spell as Copdock reached 145/5 from 41.1 overs, winning by 5 wickets.

8 August 2018

Teams - Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th

Saturday XI - Copdock & OI (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Fowad M, Pete J, Salman R, Dan Y, Rauf R, Noman J, Noman H, Prakash K, Neville D and Haji A

Sunday XI - Real Oddies (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J (C), Darren D, Tariq H, Nadeem, Subhadeep G, Raheel A, Fowad M, Imran I, Prakash K, Noman H and Vinay G

5 August 2018

Cavaliers Go Top

The Sunday XI made the short journey to Mile End Recreation Ground to play Great Horkesley & Lexden. With captain N Jalib winning the toss, the Cavaliers batted first.

The innings started well as R Akhlaq and F Murtaza added 36 runs for the opening partnership in seven overs before Akhlaq (14) was bowled. The second wicket fell soon afterwards with the score on 42/1 as a mix up saw both batsmen at the non-strikers end, with N Jalib (1) the man run out. The Cavs then rebuilt well as the third wicket added 78 runs with attacking strokes - Murtaza bringing up a 51-ball fifty in the process, but I Ikram (29) was bowled to end their partnership to make the score 120/3. Murtaza was now joined by T Hijazi (20), who hit his first ball for a boundary and continued to attack as the pair added 45 for the fourth wicket. It was then the turn of M Nadeem (10) to support Murtaza as the Cavaliers approached the 200 mark; Nadeem's dismissal making it 195/5. The last four overs saw 28 runs added between Murtaza (reaching his century in 93 balls) and H Ahamed (15*) as the Cavaliers ended their 40 overs on 223/5 with Murtaza finishing unbeaten on 111*.

The Cavaliers started well in their defence of 223 as GHLCC lost their first wicket in the second over - V Gedi claiming a caught & bowled chance. The opposition score progressed to 19/1 in the fifth over, but by the end of the ninth they were 24/5 as Gedi and fellow opening bowler M Nadeem (7-0-25-2) dismissed the top order. Following the opening spells, Jalib turned to R Akhlaq (3-0-31-0) and H Ahamed, who followed up last week's 5-fer by claiming a wicket a point from his first delivery of the match. With Ahamed (4-2-15-3) seeing two more catches going to Murtaza at slip, C Finch (3-1-6-0) and T Hijazi (2-0-4-1) reduced GHLCC to 119/9 while S Gupta (3-0-15-0) replaced Ahamed. In search of the winning wicket V Gedi (6.3-0-25-4) was brought back, claiming the wicket of R Mahmood (65) with his third ball back into the attack as GHLCC were all out for 125. The Cavaliers won by 98 runs and have now gone one point clear at the top of division three in the NECL!

4 August 2018

Chase Against Copford

The Saturday XI welcomed Copford II to Mill Road today and were asked to field first as Copford won the toss.

The Cavaliers got off to an excellent start as S Riaz (10-0-44-2) removed both Copford openers to make the score 27/2 while fellow opener R Rasheed swung the new ball well. Rasheed made the next breakthrough to make it 52/3 just before spinner N Hussain was introduced to the attack in place of S Riaz.Two lengthy spells were bowled as Rasheed (13-0-58-3) chipped away at the top order while Hussain bowled to the close at the other end, claiming 15-2-56-3 as he removed the middle order. While Hussain worked on dismissing the middle order, P Kannan (4-0-13-0) and F Murtaza (3-0-9-1) bowled spells at the end of the innings as Copford ended their 45 overs on 195/9.

The Cavs reply began with a 31 run opening stand before D Dellar (17) was yorked by the Copford opening bowler. Dellar's opening partner, F Murtaza, then reached a fifty in 44 balls before being dismissed for 54 to end a 60 run partnership with N Jalib to leave the score on 91/2 after 15 overs. A couple of wickets fell soon afterwards as I Ikram (2) and P Kannan (10) were both out. With Jalib (26) out with the score on 122, J Corcos and P Johnson attempted to rebuild, but upon reaching 130/5 both Johnson (1) and Corcos (10) were dismissed to make it 130/7. The nerves of the Cavaliers players were soon settled by a superb 66 run unbeaten partnership between R Rasheed (43*) and N Hussain (20) which saw the Cavs up to a winning total of 196/7 in 40.1 overs, winning by 3 wickets.

1 August 2018

Teams - Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th

Saturday XI - Copford (H) - meet at Mill Road by 12:15pm to help set up. Match starts at 1pm.
Darren D (C), Fowad M, Prakash K, Imran I, Noman J, Rauf R, Noman H, Pete J, Salman R, Dan Y and Joel C

Sunday XI - Gt Horkesley & Lexden (A) - meet at Mill Road by 12:25pm. Let Noman J know if going direct (CO4 5FS). Match starts at 1pm.
Noman J, Craig F, Nadeem, Dan Y, Subhadeep G, Fowad M, Raheel A, Tariq H, Vinay G, Haji A and Imran I