Cam 1st XI 159-4 beat Oldlands 1st XI 155-10 by 6 wickets
Cam extended their winning run to ten games as they completed a comfortable victory at home to local rivals Oldlands.
Despite the spate of bad weather leading up to the game, the surface remained a good one. Ryan Malpass had no hesitation in asking the away side to bat first however, and it proved a good decision as the opening batsmen found the going tough in the early exchanges as George Dolling and Will Payne kept things tight for Cam.
Pete Hall and Charlie Viney were introduced to the attack and immediately caused problems as the run rate decreased further. Hall struck first as he clean bowled Nick Grove for 19 before Viney saw off Sean Nicholson (13) thanks to a sharp stumping from wicketkeeper Jake Dolbear.
Hall continued to grind down the away batsmen before bowling Dave Brookes for 6 and seeing off Ashley Collard in his next over thanks to a towering catch on the boundary by Alex Ballard. A middle order partnership helped Oldlands recover with Pete Waite providing good support to Dave Walton, who was looking to find the boundaries whenever possible.
Payne returned to the attack and broke the partnership worth 68 as he bowled Waite for 27 just as the away side were looking to accelerate. Ben Holloway was brought on to bowl and immediately found some success as he cleaned bowled Marley Thomas and then had Ryan Neal stumped by Jake Dolbear, both men departing without scoring.
Dolling was brought back for a second spell and trapped Tom Paterson LBW before Holloway finally saw the back of Walton for 60 as he attempted one big shot too many. Dolling promptly wrapped up the Oldlands innings in the next over as he dismissed Steve Pennington for a duck as the innings ended prematurely on 155.
For once Cam’s openers didn’t get them off to the usual quick start as Jim Seal was bowled by Waite and Pete Hall given out LBW to Walton as Cam fell to 2 for 2 in just the second over. The inform pair of Malpass and Dolbear didn’t panic however and took their time in leading the recovery before punishing any loose deliveries as Oldlands rotated their bowlers.
Their partnership had reached 109 by the time Dolbear (44) was well caught by Grove at first slip off the bowling of Walton. By this point the damage had been done however, as the 3rd wicket partnership had put Cam firmly back in control.
Ballard joined Malpass at the crease and quickly set about the task at hand as he found regular boundaries before looking to finish the game with a big hit only to be caught deep on the boundary for 18. Malpass passed fifty and had reached a composed 57 from 82 balls before Paddock completed the victory with a crunching boundary as Cam cruised home with 16 overs remaining.