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The Cavendish Cavaliers are a very friendly, social side based at the Cavendish Hotel in Torquay, Devon. We play our home fixtures at Barton Cricket Club on Cricketfield Road. Since our founding in 2008 we have always been proud to call ourselves ‘Devon’s Worst Cricket Team’, but having been defeated by the worst team in Dorset, Milton-On-Stour, we are now claiming to be the worst team in the Westcountry. If you would like to challenge us for this title, do get in touch.

Club Records

Highest Innings

Rich Blagden
Rich Blagden
103* vs Thorverton
on 28th Jun 2015.

Best Bowling

Simon Cahill
Simon Cahill
5-7 vs 2 Degrees Climbing Club
on 8th May 2011.

Highest Total


204
vs Cockington Corinthians
on 14th Jun 2009.

See more records at the Cavinfo Stats Home.

Match Reports, News and Cricket Blog

Deansbank

The winning team!

The 2015 season ended with victory at last, against a Deansbank side who had reformed for one last tour several years after they last played together regularly.

The game only took place due to the efforts of Andy Wills, who sourced opposition, pitch and tea and even laid on a cloudless September sky for the occasion. No coin was necessary at the toss, with Deansbank happy to bat first in a 30-over game.

We opened the bowling with Dan Homer, who took a few balls to find his range, and Moggy, who was always threatening bowling a good length on a bouncy surface. We should have had an early breakthrough in the third over when Jake threw in accurately as the batsmen took a single that wasn’t on, but the ball inexplicably flew through my gloves when it seemed easier to run the batsman out. Fortunately I made amends a few covers later, stumping McLean (who apparently scored 1000 runs in a season back in 1992) who barely even tried to get back after charging Moggy. A few overs later Healey chipped a catch up to Mike at midwicket, and Deansbank were two down with less than 50 on the board.

At the other end though Ware was getting his eye in and he was enjoying whacking the ball over the short boundaries square of the wicket and straight. Although we got rid of Lancaster and Graham Wills (both caught by Andy Wills off Jake and Si respectively) Ware did some serious damage, and he had scored 84 big runs before Si got one to turn onto the top of his leg stump. Si also bowled one of the McGlashan brothers to end with 3-26, Bob had the other McGlashan caught on the boundary by Al (put back the ball before), and it was left to Al to complete the dismissals by having Barnes lbw to a very slow delivery that nonetheless was clearly plumb.

Deansbank had set us 197 to win, and Jake and I decided to give it a go. It’s fair to say this was met with a certain amount of cynicism by senior members of the team (Si) but the boundaries were short in places and we had a few guys that could clear them. Jake and I went off at a quick rate, reaching 46 off the first five overs before hesitantly setting off for a single that neither of us called, leaving Jake short of his ground and run out in consecutive innings with me. Dan Homer was next in and the rate barely slowed, with me being bowled at last for 28 in the tenth with the score 72-2. A good start, but none of the rest of the batsmen had ever reached 50. We needed some good partnerships.

Les and Dan were now at the crease, both tall and able to get over the bouncing ball. Both excelled at hitting anything short and the boundaries kept coming. Neither was slogging either, with Les playing one delicious cover drive that shot along the ground to the boundary. After a partnership of 58, Dan was finally out for a run-a-ball 26, but Les went on to get his 50 (off just 32 balls!) before being bowled the very next ball with us 139-4 and 60 runs short of our target.

Now it was crunch time, with some decent batsmen in the tail but only Moggy who could knock it around. The game really rested on this partnership. Initially Si batted circumspectly and Andy rode his luck with a couple of boundaries off the edge, but we were always ahead of the rate. Ware gave it everything but so did Si, and fast deliveries simply flew off the bat to the boundary. With the end in sight the boys took singles and Si generously let Andy hit the winning run. A tremendous performance and a well-deserved win.

The game was probably closer than Deansbank thought and it would have been interesting if they’d got one more wicket to expose our tail. As it was we were delighted with our first win of the year and particularly because we were missing so many of our regular batsmen.

Thanks once again to Graham Wills for arranging the tour and Andy Wills and Moggy for their efforts on the day.

Match Result

Deansbank 197 all out (Ware 84; Cahill 3-26)
Cavendish Cavaliers 198-4 (Dawson 52)

Cavendish Cavaliers won by six wickets

Batting

  How Out Balls 4s/6s SR Runs
Jake Brown Run Out 17 3/0 82 14
Rich Blagden Bowled 22 6/0 127 28
Daniel Homer Bowled 26 4/1 100 26
Richard Dawson Bowled 32 7/3 163 52
Simon Cahill Not Out 33 4/0 79 26
Andy Wills Not Out 27 2/0 59 16
Alan Bristow 0/0 0 0
Mike Barlow 0/0 0 0
Mark Mogford 0/0 0 0
Bob Plumb 0/0 0 0

Bowling

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Average
Daniel Homer 4 0 33 0 8.25 0.00
Mark Mogford 5 1 7 2 1.40 3.50
Richard Dawson 3 0 30 0 10.00 0.00
Mike Barlow 2 0 21 0 10.50 0.00
Simon Cahill 6 0 26 3 4.33 8.67
Jake Brown 3 0 28 1 9.33 28.00
Andy Wills 2 0 12 0 6.00 0.00
Bob Plumb 4 0 19 1 4.75 19.00
Alan Bristow 1 0 6 1 6.00 6.00

North Devon

2015 is the year our year group at school start turning 40. Myself, Kev, Al and other Cavaliers will all turn 40 in the next 12 months, and by definition Graeme, born on 1st September, was the first.

We had talked about arranging a game for his birthday weekend in north Devon and after some searching I had managed to come up with the good, arranging a game against none other than North Devon. I was delighted about this because their little ground with its thatched pavilion, perched on the edge of the tidal River Torridge in a glorious setting, was a ground I’d always wanted to play at. They are a big side, competing in the top levels of the devon League, but had assured us of a friendly social game and were happy to accommodate us. Their skipper seemed quite happy at ‘the toss’ when I explained that six of our side had never played at all before and a good, fun, social game seemed to be on the cards.

North Devon CC

North Devon CC

As is so often the way, though, the opening batsmen sensed runs. They were watchful towards Kev, who got good swing with the new ball, but attacked everyone else. Poor Nick, who had showered the hedgerows of Devon with his vomit all the way up, went for over 11 an over coming on first change, and apart from Kev’s magnificent inswinging yorker that cleaned up the opening bat we bowled few wicket-taking balls. Their skipper, so friendly and sporting at the toss, was the next man out after scoring 84 against a bowling attack that, for the most part, didn’t really know how to bowl. As soon as he slogged one up in the air I wasn’t going to drop him. You can only face the bowlers put up against you but in a friendly, when you know you’re playing against non-cricketers celebrating a birthday, why not retire at 50? What’s the point of going on?

In all this our hero was Benny ‘Benny’ Bennett, over from the Isle of Man and injured but flinging himself around the outfield like a cat playing with a grasshopper. North Devon finished on 230-2, but it could have been 300 if it wasn’t for Benny. We won’t mention Charlie’s efforts at this point….

Tea was disappointing. If clubs want to make a bit for club coffers then fair enough but to come to such a grand old club and not have enough to go around just doesn’t seem right.

Rich and G ready to open the batting

Rich and G ready to open the batting

Graeme and I went out to open the batting and North Devon set about bowling us out. We had devised a dynamic batting line-up that would ensure that ‘Graeme’s friends’ were always with a ‘regular Cavalier’ to see them through. Unfortunately this meant that Graeme (bowled for 3), Alan (0), Colin (0, run out by skip first ball) and Steve (6) were all out by the time the first Cavalier wicket fell. By then I had reached 50 against a good attack with a swinging ball and was only out trying to attack and hit over the top. Our innings petered out with Bob second-highest scorer on 7, though it was a credible effort with us reaching 105.

All in all a great day for the Cavaliers at a lovely ground. It was a shame the opposition took it a bit too seriously but we all had a great day and wish Graeme a fantastic birthday, same again in ten years time?

Match Result

North Devon 230-2 (Johns 1-20)
Cavendish Cavaliers 105 all out (Blagden 55)

North Devon won by 125 runs

Batting

  How Out Balls 4s/6s SR Runs
Rich Blagden Caught 39 9/1 141 55
Graeme Bond Bowled 9 0/0 33 3
Alan Bond Bowled 5 0/0 0 0
Colin Milne Run Out 1 0/0 0 0
Steve Warren Bowled 13 1/0 46 6
Jack Stillwell-Bond Bowled 12 0/0 33 4
Dan Fuge Caught 11 0/0 27 3
Harry Bennett Stumped 4 1/0 100 4
Bob Plumb Bowled 17 1/0 41 7
Nick Harrison Not Out 7 0/0 14 1
Kevin Johns Bowled 2 0/0 0 0
Chris Whieldon 0/0 0 0
Charlie Simmons 0/0 0 0

Bowling

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Average
Kevin Johns 6 1 20 1 3.33 20.00
Chris Whieldon 3 0 25 0 8.33 0.00
Nick Harrison 4 0 46 0 11.50 0.00
Graeme Bond 2 0 37 0 18.50 0.00
Colin Milne 1 0 9 0 9.00 0.00
Bob Plumb 6 0 69 1 11.50 69.00
Steve Warren 4 1 10 0 2.50 0.00
Rich Blagden 2 0 12 0 6.00 0.00
Jack Stillwell-Bond 2 0 12 0 6.00 0.00

Lustleigh

Match Result

Lustleigh 185-3 (Mogford 1-17)
Cavendish Cavaliers 131-7 (Blagden 41)

Lustleigh won by 54 runs

Batting

  How Out Balls 4s/6s SR Runs
Andy Wills Caught 39 0/0 18 7
Dave Barlow Caught 22 0/0 18 4
Nick Harrison Caught 4 0/0 0 0
Rich Blagden Bowled 49 7/0 84 41
Aaron Bowden Bowled 29 4/1 86 25
Alan Bristow Bowled 7 1/0 71 5
Robbie Beauchamp Caught 12 0/0 25 3
Mark Mogford 16 2/2 150 24
Simon Cahill Not Out 13 0/0 23 3
Dan Harris 0/0 0 0
Kevin Johns 0/0 0 0

Bowling

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Average
Dan Harris 5 0 30 0 6.00 0.00
Aaron Bowden 6 1 20 1 3.33 20.00
Mark Mogford 4 0 17 1 4.25 17.00
Alan Bristow 3 1 23 1 7.67 23.00
Dave Barlow 4 1 24 0 6.00 0.00

Marldon

Match Result

Marldon 129-1 (Johns 1-24)
Cavendish Cavaliers 80-8 (Wilcockson 24)

Marldon won by 49 runs

Batting

  How Out Balls 4s/6s SR Runs
Ian Chalk Caught 12 4/0 150 18
Julian Dumont Bowled 25 1/0 64 16
Chris Ward Run Out 5 0/0 0 0
Karl Wilcockson Run Out 25 4/0 96 24
Daniel Homer Caught 7 0/0 14 1
Nick Harrison Bowled 8 0/0 13 1
Mark Mogford 3 1/0 167 5
Dave Barlow Not Out 12 1/0 42 5
Andy Wills Run Out 8 0/0 13 1
Dan Harris Not Out 6 0/0 0 0
Kevin Johns 0/0 0 0

Bowling

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Average
Dan Harris 4 1 26 0 6.50 0.00
Daniel Homer 4 0 14 0 3.50 0.00
Dave Barlow 4 0 35 0 8.75 0.00
Mark Mogford 2 0 6 0 3.00 0.00
Andy Wills 2 0 23 0 11.50 0.00

Teign Valley

Match Result

Teign Valley 259-5 (Ward 2-5)
Cavendish Cavaliers 100-7 (Cahill 36*)

Match drawn

Batting

  How Out Balls 4s/6s SR Runs
Dave Barlow Caught 26 0/0 12 3
Nick Harrison Bowled 8 0/0 0 0
Rich Blagden Caught 37 1/0 49 18
Jake Brown Bowled 12 0/0 8 1
Chris Ward 14 0/0 14 2
Dave Hanniford Bowled 12 0/0 50 6
Andy Wills Not Out 46 0/0 24 11
Mark Mogford 2 0/0 0 0
Simon Cahill 30 4/0 120 36
Dan Harris 0/0 0 0
Kevin Johns 0/0 0 0

Bowling

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Average
Dan Harris 6 0 29 0 4.83 0.00
Kevin Johns 6 0 42 1 7.00 42.00
Mark Mogford 4 0 37 0 9.25 0.00
Simon Cahill 6 0 22 1 3.67 22.00
Dave Barlow 2 0 39 0 19.50 0.00
Andy Wills 3 0 20 0 6.67 0.00
Dave Hanniford 2 0 7 0 3.50 0.00
Nick Harrison 2 0 14 1 7.00 14.00
Jake Brown 1 0 14 0 14.00 0.00
Chris Ward 1 0 5 2 5.00 2.50

The Dave Barlow Invitational XI

Match Result

Cavendish Cavaliers 125 (Homer 40; D Barlow 2-16)
Dave Barlow XI 116-4 (Chalk 47; Bowden 2-10)

Match abandoned due to Cavaliers running of pitch at first sight of rain

Batting

  How Out Balls 4s/6s SR Runs
Kevin Johns Bowled 3 0/0 0 0
Dan Harris Run Out 3 0/0 33 1
Simon Cahill Run Out 13 4/0 162 21
Alan Bristow Run Out 13 1/0 38 5
Chris Ward Bowled 9 1/0 100 9
Daniel Homer Caught 16 6/2 250 40
Andy Wills Retired 17 3/0 100 17
Nick Harrison Bowled 3 0/0 0 0
Julian Dumont Bowled 18 2/0 89 16
Aaron Bowden Bowled 1 0/0 0 0
Rich Blagden 0/0 0 0

Bowling

  Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy Average
Kevin Johns 2 0 22 0 11.00 0.00
Dan Harris 2 0 10 0 5.00 0.00
Daniel Homer 2 0 18 0 9.00 0.00
Andy Wills 2 0 25 0 12.50 0.00
Simon Cahill 2 0 18 0 9.00 0.00