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Cam CC 4ths off the mark with the first win of the season
Cam CC 4ths 161 all out vs Painswick CC 4ths 56 all out
Painswick CC won the toss and invited Cam CC to bat first. Veterans Roger Hall and Trevor Hall set about dealing with the Painswick opening attack. Runs were hard to come by due to the visitors tight bowling attack. However the Hall brothers began to find their feet and their experience showed with some great shots to all parts of the ground . Trevor Hall was first to go when he holed out for 15. Ryan Rice soon joined the fray, however he nicked one to the slips for 7 and was soon on his way back to the hutch.
Ben Dolbear was next in and soon carried on where he left off against Hawkesbury last week with a sparkling 68. Hall and Dolbear accelerated the scoring until Dolbear was cleaned bowled for 21. Cam then suffered a flurry of wickets with Hall running himself out and Ballard, C. Duggan and S. Lane falling cheaply. Again the prominent youth section was yet again called up on with Zack Fernandes and Ben Lane chipped in with quick fire runs, 15 and 10 respectively.
At this stage Cam were limping along at 135 for 9. Debutant Pete Duggan (20 no) and Paulo Fernandes came together and excelled finding the boundaries frequently with some great shots. Fernandes was finally bowled. However Cam recovered making a respectable 161 all out.
Cam bowlers Steve Ballard and Ryan Rice opened the bowling. The pair soon settled and began to find their line and length. Ballard was first to strike bowling Tyrell for 4. Rice was soon cashing in when he bowled Elliott. Both bowlers continued in the same vain limiting Painswick. Taylor as next to go, trapped lbw to Ballard. Young wicket keeper Ben Lane then took a smart catch to dismiss Coated off the bowling of Rice. Higgins was the mainstay of the Painswick innings showing resistance whilst wickets were falling at the other end. The bowling prowess of the Cam openers continued as Bradshaw was sent packing after a fine catch by Chris Duggan again off the bowling of Rice. White fell the same way, caught Dolbear off the bowling of the experienced Ballard. Higgins finally departed with a resilient 23 after being caught in the slips by Roger Hall.
Cam soon mopped up the tail with both opening bowlers claiming their fivefor’s (Rice 5-22 and Ballard 5-27) to complete the rout by 105 runs and the deserved first win of the season for Cam 4s.
Stroud CC 4th XI vs Cam CC 4th XI – 27/05/17
Stroud started brightly and scored against a young pace bowling attack consisting of Jordon Sargeson, Dane Hall and Zack Fernandes. The breakthrough came just before drinks when Vaibhav Laad picked up his 1st wicket for the club by trapping opener Chris De Feliece leg before for 40. Lane soon followed that up by seeing off fellow opener Banks also lbw for 11.
At one point Stroud looked to be on course for a score in the excess of 200 however the bowling and fielding improved. This was highlighted with a sharp run out from Laad.
Simon Lane and Ben Dolbear stemmed the runs towards the end of the Stroud innings with Lane collecting his second wicket by drawing in Culver who top edged to wicket keeper Ben Lane.
Following tea, openers Roger Hall and Vaibhav Laad began the run chase well finding the gaps of the Stroud field. Unfortunately Laad was first to go by playing on for 11. Rog Hall soon followed after being bowled for 6. Graham Brown and Ben Dolbear set about building a partnership with young Dolbear soon settling down and looking very assured with his shot choices. Brown chipped in but was brilliantly caught at silly mid off. This then saw a mini collapse of the middle order with the wickets of Fernanades and Hall and the end of a great innings by Dolbear who was bowled for 42.
Ben Lane was soon joined by his father Simon Lane who set about chasing down the target with a useful partnership. However Lane Jnr was bowled and was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Sargeson who was clean bowled for a duck. Simon Helme came out hitting the ball hard, unfortunately it was one swing to many and was bowled by young Louie De Feliece. Josh Ferris came out to make his senior batting debut, however he was beaten by a great ball again by De Feliece to hand Stroud their first victory of the season winning by 13 runs.
Stinchcombe Stragglers vs Cam CC 4th XI
The 4th XI made the short trip to Stinchcombe Stragglers and after losing the toss were forced to bat first on a ‘indifferent’ pitch.
Cam started well with opening batsmen Sam Buck and debutant Vaibhav Laad. The pair seemed quite comfortable but it was not to last. Buck was out with 19 and Laad with 17. A good performance from Tom Deakin with 26, Steve Ballard 15 and another debutant Barry Rowlands with 9. The home bowling attack stifled Cam’s middle order, however Cam managed to hold out and claim 1 batting point and scoring 116 for 9.
Following the tea interval Cam began the attack with Steve Ballard and Dane Hall coupled with dynamic fielding started to worry the Stragglers openers. Steve Ballard bowled well and claimed 3 wickets with a great catch by Graham Brown to dismiss Pat Young and a good catch by keeper Ben Lane diving to his right to dismiss Andy Perkins, Kyle Perkins out LBW and without troubling the scorers, Cam thought they might just be in with a chance. Good bowling from Vaibhav Laad, Simon Lane and the third debutant Simon Helme but unfortunately for Cam the Stragglers captain Matt Webb scored well with 70 not out to steady the Stragglers and guide them to a local derby win by 7 wickets.
Cam put in a good performance for their first game of the season with a mixed team of youth, experience and three players making their debut.
Cam are looking forward to their next game at home to Hardwicke 2nd XI on Saturday.
Report: J. Lane 14/05/17
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