Cam 1st XI 166-2 beat Cinderford St John 1st XI 165-6 by 8 wickets

Cam 1st XI 166-2 beat Cinderford St John 1st XI 165-6 by 8 wickets Cam made light work of chasing down Cinderford St John’s total of 165-6 as they romped to victory by 8 wickets with more than 26 overs to spare. Having opted to bat first, the away side found scoring opportunities limited by Cam’s opening bowlers George Dolling and Charlie Viney who kept things tight in the early exchanges. With the batsmen opting for a low risk approach it was young prospect Will Payne who made the first breakthrough as he beat the defence of Bywater (22) to trap him LBW and claim his maiden first team wicket to leave the score 45-1 after 18 overs. Payne was well supported by Pete Hall who bowled a trademark economical spell in conceding just 15 from his 9 overs and was unlucky not to pick up wickets with his wily off spin. Ben Holloway and Alex Ballard joined the attack and both men had LBW appeals turned down as Cam continued to create chances while keeping the scoring rate down. Ryan Western entered the fray and found immediate success as he dismissed opening batsman Cartwright, who had batted almost two hours in reaching 45. Western also picked up the wickets of House (39) and Ruck (18) as both men edged behind and were well caught by wicketkeeper Jake Dolbear. Dolling returned to the attack and bowled Sims (8) off an inside edge before Western collected his fourth wicket as Coleman was bowled for 3. Cindeford’s innings eventually ended on 165-6, a total that looked short of a par score on what was a good track for batting. Cam’s openers immediately found the going easier in the early stages of Cam’s reply as Jim Seal and Pete Hall took the attack to the opposition. Both men were quick to punish any loose deliveries as they brought up a fifty partnership in just the sixth over as Cam made a rapid start. Hall was caught for 25 at slip off the bowling of House, but Seal, now joined by captain Ryan Malpass, continued to attack as Cam continued to motor along at around 9 an over. Seal fell in the ninth over for 42 as he continued to search for the boundary only to be bowled by House to give the bowler his second wicket. Malpass (43*) and Dolbear (43*) continued Cam’s assault with the pair adding 83 for the third wicket, as they serenely took Cam to their target in just 18.4 overs. Cam will look to take their strong early season form into Saturday’s game as they make the trip to local rivals Oldlands in what should be a sterner test of Cam’s credentials.