Cam 1st XI 240-5 beat Ullenwood Bharat 1st XI 109-10 by 131 runs
Cam ran out comfortable victors on what was a tricky surface away to Ullenwood Bharat. With light rain having fallen for most of the morning and the pitch looking a little out of the ordinary, Cam’s openers had to play patiently in the early exchanges having been asked to bat first.
Jim Seal and Ryan Western had to shelve their usual attacking style as they found their feet and looked to set a platform for the middle order. A mix-up between the pair saw Seal run out for 12 before Ryan Malpass, along with Western, steadied the ship in adding 61 for the second wicket before Western was caught by Shetty off the bowling of Shahbaz for 39.
Jake Dolbear found scoring easier than his predecessors as he was able to rotate the strike and score at better than a run-a-ball as Cam pushed towards a competitive total. Malpass also began to increase the scoring rate as he reached his fifth 50+ score of the league season before departing to a brilliant catch by Grobler off the bowling of Cumar for 50 from 76 balls.
Dolbear was joined by Alex Ballard and the pair continued to pick up the pace as they looked to score off every delivery as they pushed towards the 200 mark. Dolbear reached a fifty of his own from just 43 balls before another good catch by Grobler saw him depart for 57.
A couple of big sixes from Ballard in his knock of 41 saw Cam move into a dominant position before he holed out to give Thammisetti his second wicket. Ed Paddock (14*) provided some late impetus and some quick running alongside Pete Hall (5*) took Cam to an above par 240-5.
Ryan Western and Will Payne took the new ball for Cam and both men immediately found success as Western collected two wickets thanks to catches from Charlie Viney and Alex Ballard in the first over of the innings. Payne then found some extra bounce as Amin gloved a catch to wicketkeeper Dolbear to leave the home side struggling on 12-3.
With the pitch proving hard to read and providing inconsistent bounce, the batsmen opted to dig in rather than throw their wickets away. Viney bowled a trademark economical spell in conceding just 11 runs from his 9 overs and was very unlucky not to collect the wickets he deserved. Hall collected two wickets in his spell as a simple catch by Payne and a stumping by Dolbear pegged the away side back further.
A determined partnership between Habib-Ur-Rehman and Thyagarajan then frustrated Cam for the best part of 10 overs before George Dolling was introduced and bowled the former for a staunch 18 from 67 balls before dismissing the latter LBW for 14 soon after.
Ben Holloway then claimed the wicket of Beharrysingh for 9 as he was trapped LBW before Cumar (21) deflected the ball onto his stumps to give Dolling his third wicket. With Ullenwood Bharat’s number eleven unable to bat due to injury, the victory was sealed as Cam ran out victorious by 131 runs.