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Cam 1st XI 253-6 beat Cinderford St John 1st XI 161-7 by 92 runs

Cam secured an immediate return to the top tier of The Gloucestershire County Cricket League as a comprehensive victory at home to Cinderford St John ensured they will end the season as Division Two champions.

Having been asked to bat first on humid day and on an ideal track for batting, Adam Holloway’s Cam side soon lost their first wicket as Jake Dolbear edged behind off the bowling of Adams for 6. Gareth Udal joined Ryan Western at the crease and the pair played contrasting knocks with Western scoring heavily whilst Udal opted for a patient approach to ensure Cam kept wickets intact.

The partnership had reached 106 by the time Western was caught at midwicket for an aggressive 65 from 66 balls. His innings contained five 4s and five 6s as he took full advantage of any loose deliveries. Udal departed in the next over for a more sedate 28, but with Cam in a strong position, the remaining batsmen knew a big total was within reach.

Ryan Malpass and Alex Ballard continued the quick scoring rate in adding 55 for the fourth wicket before Malpass was caught off the bowling of House for 28. Ed Paddock then joined Ballard at the crease and an equally impressive partnership was formed as the pair added another 55 runs, with both men rotating the strike well as they began to score off every delivery as the innings neared its close.

The pair had taken the score to 224 before Ballard was bowled by House for 58 as he looked to add to his tally of four 4s and three 6s in his 52 ball innings. Paddock was joined by Pete Hall and the pair took the score past 250 before Hall was caught for 9 in the final over. Paddock finished unbeaten on 33 from 29 balls with Cam’s total an imposing 253-6.

With a big total to defend, Cam’s opening bowlers of George Dolling and Gareth Udal knew that keeping things tight in the early exchanges would go a long way towards securing victory. Both men succeeded, but Udal did more than just limit the scoring rate as he ran through the Cinderford top order with a brilliant spell of bowling.

The accuracy of Udal saw Ruck and Rich both bowled for single figure scores before a low catch by Dolling at first slip sent Cartwright on his way. Udal collected his fourth soon after as Adam Philp collected a comfortable catch as Udal finished with 4-14 from his 9 overs.

Pete Hall and Charlie Viney were brought into the attack and continued to keep the scoring to a minimum as Cinderford fell further and further behind the required run rate. Hall found some success as he eased into his spell as he collected wickets thanks to catches by Dolling and Malpass, before bowling Camp for nought.

Hall’s spell of 3-16 from 9 overs had left Cinderford with no realistic chance of victory, with the score on 66-7, and so the two batsmen opted to defend rather than attack as the scoring rate almost ground to a halt. The tactic, whilst frustrating for Cam, was only delaying the inevitable, with Cam’s victory now guaranteed.

With Cam’s regular bowlers unable to find the breakthrough, Holloway offered the chance for some of Cam’s lesser-used bowlers to chance their arm. No more successes were gained however as Cam ran out victorious by 92 runs, with Jackson (34) and King (42) the not out batsmen.

Cam finish their season next week away to fellow promoted side Poulton in what should be a fitting way to end what has been a successful season for the club.


Cam 1st XI 145-10 lost to Stone 1st XI 146-6 by 4 wickets

Cam secured promotion back to Division One of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League, but were made to wait to claim the league title, as a below par performance saw them fall to a four wicket defeat away to Stone.

After being asked to bat first in overcast conditions, Cam found the going difficult with runs hard to come by. Ryan Western was bowled in the second over and was followed shortly after by Ben Holloway who skied a return catch to James Thomas for his second wicket. Ryan Malpass and Alex Ballard also fell for single figure scores as the stone pair of Thomas and James Barnes made inroads into the Cam batting line-up.

Whilst wickets had been falling regularly, opening batsman Jake Dolbear had remained composed at the other end. Dolbear found support in the shape of Ed Paddock who, in his first 1st team appearance of the season, made batting look easier than those before him as he began to score freely. Dolbear played some nice strokes and had reached 55 before he was caught and bowled by Ian Hall to bring an end to the 79 run partnership.

This dismissal started a procession of wickets as Jim Seal was stumped before Paddock was unfortunate to be run out for 42 from just 47 balls. Cam’s lower order didn’t provide their usual resistance as only Pete Hall (10) reached double figures as their innings capitulated from 126-4 to 145 all out.

With a below par total on the board, Cam’s bowlers knew that they would have to take early wickets and limit scoring opportunities if they were to stand any chance of victory. George Dolling and Alex Ballard shared the new ball for Cam and it was Ballard who found the early breakthrough as Adam Smith offered a simple return catch in just the second over. Dolling followed this up soon after as he clean bowled the new batsman for a duck.

Ben Holloway got in on the action soon after as he dismissed Henry Ball thanks to a good catch by Tom Hancock, before the same fielder swooped and launched a superb throw from mid-off to run out Greg Allen for 5. With the score on 30-4 Cam sensed an opening, and things got even better as Pete Lavis was trapped LBW to Pete Hall for 11. Soon after this, Alan Sherman gave Hall his second wicket as he skied a catch to Adam Philp in the outfield.

With the score now on 52-6, Cam were arguably favourites for victory. This was as good as it got for the away side however, as a partnership of 94 between Pete Booth (59) and Charles Ball (34) took Stone to their target. Booth batted with great patience to begin with before turning aggressor as his side neared victory. No matter what Cam’s bowling attack tried, the pair held firm and reached their target in the penultimate over.

The rare defeat for Cam leaves them just short of claiming the Division Two title, something they will want to put right as they welcome the visit of Cinderford St John on Saturday. For relegation threatened Stone, the victory leaves them 14 points from safety and facing a trip to Tetbury, who they will know they must defeat if they want to leapfrog them out of the relegation zone.

Cam 1st XI 161-6 beat Gloucester City Winget 2nd XI 160-10 by 4 wickets

Cam continued their brilliant form with another victory, despite a below par performance in tough conditions away to Gloucester City Winget.

Cam captain Adam Holloway opted to bowl first with the threat of rain looming and the skies overcast. His decision was justified, with opening bowlers Gareth Udal and Charlie Viney keeping things exceptionally tight with Udal conceding just 13 from his 9 overs while Viney conceded just 11 from his 9 overs. Viney’s spell brought the first wicket from his final over as Trigg skied a catch to wicketkeeper Dolbear with the score at 25-1 after 18 overs.

After the slow start, the home side’s batsmen knew they would have to lift the scoring rate if they were to post a competitive total. Shahzad (33) and Graham (28) helped get the innings going before Ryan Western bowled Shahzad with Alex Ballard picking up Graham’s wicket soon after thanks to a brilliant stumping from Dolbear.

Pete Hall create a number of chances with his reliable off-spin but could not be supported in the field as chances were missed off his bowling. Cam really seized the initiative during the middle overs as Gloucester City Winget lost 4 wickets for 14 runs. Jake Parrott sparked the mini collapse thanks to a run out from the long-on boundary before Khan was stumped off the bowling of Ali Longden for 17.

Alex Ballard then collected wickets from consecutive balls thanks to a regulation caught and bowled and a simple catch for Adam Ford fielding at cover. An important partnership between Umair (25) and Ahmadzai (10) helped take the home side past 150. As the innings approached the final overs, Ballard (4-42) collected his fourth wicket thanks to yet another sharp stumping from Dolbear before Western rapped things up in the final over as he bowled the final two batsmen to finish with 3-31.

With the victory target set at 161, Cam’s openers Dolbear and Western knew that there was no emphasis on scoring quickly and decided to bat sensibly in pursuit of victory. A rare failure for in-form Dolbear saw him depart for 8 and Western followed shortly after for 19 to leave Cam on 41-1 from 13 overs. Jim Seal made 9 before he was run out attempting a second run following a misfield.

Ballard joined Udal at the crease and the pair added 76 for the fourth wicket to take Cam to within sight of victory. With the slow outfield making boundaries hard to come by, both men ran lots of ones and twos to keep the scoring rate high and mixed this in with some sporadic aggression as both men cleared the ropes. Udal (45) and Ballard (37) both fell in quick succession of each other with Cam 20 short of victory. Hall was well caught for 5 but Parrott ensured Cam made it over the line as his unbeaten 12 took to Cam to their tenth consecutive victory and to the brink of promotion.

Cam 1st XI 169-3 beat Thornbury 2nd XI 168-10 by 7 wickets

Cam continued their fine form and took their record to ten wins from eleven this season as they secured a seven wicket victory away to Thornbury 2nds.

Having opted to field first, Adam Holloway’s Cam side made the perfect start as Gareth Udal clean bowled the Thornbury opener with just the second ball of the game. This early wicket was followed up by Charlie Viney who had Humphries caught at gully by Adam Philp for 10.

A budding partnership between Riggs (20) and Weeks (58) threatened to fire Thornbury into a healthy position before the former was bowled by a good delivery from Ollie Mears. On the stroke of the drinks break, a mix up between the batsmen allowed Mears to run out Hammond for 13. It was a big breakthrough for the away side and saw the momentum swing in Cam’s favour.

The ever reliant bowling of Pete Hall took full advantage of the momentum shift as he removed Weeks, to a catch by Philp, and Mark Allen who was stumped by Jake Dolbear as he advanced down the track. Ben Holloway then got in on the action as he trapped Stuart McWhinnie LBW before Alex Ballard removed numbers nine and ten thanks to a catch by Udal and a sharp slip catch by Jim Seal. The innings came to a close in the next over as Alex Allen skied one to Ollie Mears to depart for 22 as Thornbury fell short of a competitive score on what was a good batting wicket.

With the victory target set at 169, Cam’s openers Udal and Dolbear made a strong start as both men regularly found the boundary with Udal punishing any width and Dolbear particularly strong on the drive and off his legs. The score had advanced to 59 in the 13th over before Udal was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Malitte to depart for 13.

Holloway and Seal found things trickier than the openers as a tight infield limited the scoring options. Both men departed off the bowling of Alex Allen but Dolbear remained resolute as he passed 50 to take his side to within sight of victory. Dolbear was joined by Ballard and the pair found runs easy to come by with Ballard finding the boundary regularly as he crunched three 4s and five 6s in an unbeaten knock of 47 from 28 balls. Dolbear remained solid at the other end as he ended on 85 not out from 101 balls, a knock which included fifteen 4s, as Cam reached their victory target with 7 wickets and 12.3 overs remaining. Next up for Cam is a top of table clash away to Hatherley and Reddings 2nds

Cam 1st XI 106-1 beat Chipping Sodbury 2nd XI 102-10 by 9 wickets

Having taken 8 wins from 9 in the first half of the season, Cam began the second half in the same blistering form with a dominant 9 wicket victory over Chipping Sodbury 2nds.

Having batted first in the majority of games this season, Cam were asked to field first by the away captain and set about their unfamiliar task well as Gareth Udal made the early breakthrough as he bowled Tom Makepeace for 12. With Chipping Sodbury well placed on 36-1 a flurry of wickets from Cam’s George Dolling saw the home side seize control of the game. Dolling took a wicket in four consecutive overs as he clean bowled Ben Makepeace, Chris Young, Jake Havard and Simon Vooght to return figures of 4-40 from his 9 overs.

By this point Cam were in complete control and first change bowlers Ryan Western and Pete Hall ensured that the away side would not recover as they continued to limit scoring opportunities and take regular wickets. Robert Mozelewski (27) provided the only innings of note from the remaining batsmen before he was caught by Alex Ballard off the bowling of Western.

Pete Hall collected two wickets in identical fashion as Bryan Jater and Sam Vile drove to Adam Philp at mid-on as both men fell cheaply. Western (2-23) continued to bowl with patience and accuracy and was rewarded as he bowled Richard Lane, before Hall (3-14) wrapped up the innings as he had Reece Packer held in the deep by Dolling as Cam bowled out their opponents for 102 in 30.1 overs.

With Chipping Sodbury’s innings ending prematurely, both captains agreed to begin the second innings before the tea break. Cam’s openers Jake Dolbear and Gareth Udal batted with good intent as they regularly found the boundary, with Dolbear cracking four 4s from a single over and Udal smashing two big 6s from the next as they raced to a fifty partnership in just the eighth over.

With the score on 71 and with Dolbear approaching a half century, he was trapped LBW to depart for 37 from 39 balls. Ben Holloway joined Udal at the crease and it didn’t take long for the two men to knock off the remaining runs, with Holloway hitting a quick-fire 19 from just 12 balls whilst Udal finished on 39 from 54 balls as Cam reached their target for the loss of just one wicket in the 18th over.

Cam’s victory takes them 43 points clear at the top of Division Two of the Gloucestershire County League as they travel to Thornbury 2nds next week looking to extend their winning streak.

Cam 1st XI 215-8 beat Poulton 1st XI 213-9 by 2 runs

Cam solidified their place at the top of Gloucestershire County League Division Two with a nail-biting two run victory over Poulton.

Having been asked to bat first, Cam’s openers Jake Dolbear and Gareth Udal made steady progress as they looked to set the platform for a big total. Both men batted within themselves to see off the new ball before increasing the scoring rate as they began to find their feet. The hundred partnership was brought up in the 27th over as Dolbear passed fifty.

The first wicket partnership was finally broken in the 30th over on 118 as Dolbear clipped straight to mid-wicket as he departed for 58. Udal remained at the crease and reached a fifty of his own before he was caught and bowled by Denning for 51. Ben Holloway added a quickfire 17 to help raise Cam’s run rate but wickets were now falling regularly, with Alex Ballard departing to an excellent caught and bowled and Adam Holloway to a run out.

Pete Hall (14) and Ryan Western (10) chipped in with handy runs but Adam Philp fell cheaply as he looked to get Cam past 200. Jake Parrott played a handy knock from number eight as his 21 not out saw Cam set a challenging 215-8 from their 45 overs.

Poulton made a strong start to their reply with opener Buse looking to get his side off to a strong start. Having reached 39 after the first 10 overs, Pete Hall was brought on to bowl and the move immediately paid dividend as Buse was caught in the deep for 31. Hall also took the next two wickets thanks to a catch from Philp and an LBW to put Cam back in control.

Ryan Western bowled economically during the middle overs without reward before Ben Holloway picked up the wicket of Burton as he was adjudged LBW for 18. With the game firmly in the balance, Cam took a big step towards winning the game as George Dolling took the key wicket of opening batsman Meredith for 50 thanks to a sharp return catch off his own bowling.

With Poulton’s set batsman back in the pavilion Cam knew that the away side were up against it with the required run rate now around eight an over. Poulton’s middle order weren’t willing to throw in the towel however, as they continued to find the boundary and get closer to their target. It was left to Charlie Viney, returning for his second spell, to swing the game back in Cam’s favour as he took 3 wickets in the space of 8 balls to bring Cam to within sight of victory.

With the pressure still on Cam, a couple of chances were spilled in the deep before Watson was run out by Western as the batsmen looked to scamper back for a risky second run. With 14 needed off the final over, Udal continued to bowl with pace and accuracy as Cam successfully defend their total, running out victorious by 2 runs with Morris finishing on 26 not out for the away side.

Cam 1st XI 203-8 beat Cinderford St John 1st XI 159-10 by 44 runs

Cam stretched their lead at the top of Division Two of The Gloucestershire County League to 32 points with a 44 run victory away to Cinderford St John.

After being asked to bat first, Cam found runs hard to come by in the early exchanges and found themselves in a perilous position having lost Jake Dolbear to a run out for 6 and Gareth Udal and Jim Seal clean bowled for 8 and 2 respectively. With the score on 19-2 after 12 overs, Ben Holloway and Alex Ballard set about their task well with both men finding the boundary as they combined to add 59 for the fourth wicket. Holloway was bowled for 25 but Ballard continued to score quickly as he took Cam past the hundred mark.

Having got themselves back into the game, Cam proceeded to lose a succession of quick wickets with Adam Holloway and Tom Deakin both departing without scoring before Ballard was finally out for 60 off 46 balls in a knock which contained 8 fours and 2 sixes. With the score now on 110-7, Cam’s lower order knew the onus was on them to ensure a competitive score was achieved.

Ryan Western and Jake Parrott kept the scoreboard ticking over as they took the score past 150 before Western was bowled for 20. George Dolling joined Parrott at the crease and both men ran hard as they looked to rotate the strike and increase the scoring rate. Their partnership of 48 saw Cam to maximum batting points in the final over as they finished on 203-8. Both men finished unbeaten, Parrott on 43 and Dolling on 25.

Cam openers Dolling and Charlie Viney kept things tight in the opening overs as they looked to tie down the Cinderford openers. Despite limiting the scoring rate, neither player could find the breakthrough and it was left to first change bowler Ben Holloway to claim the first wicket thanks to a catch from brother Adam. Ryan Western then got in on the act as he bowled Goldring for 10 before a direct hit from Dolling sent House on his way for 17.

Holloway and Western did the bulk of the damage as they both collected 3 wickets apiece to really turn the game in Cam’s favour. The most important breakthrough came just after the drinks break as opener Bywater skied a catch to Deakin off Western to be dismissed for 22. Western and Holloway’s wickets had left Cinderford well short of their victory target, leaving the tail to seek to collect batting points rather than chasing victory.

Ballard was brought on to bowl and picked up a wicket in his second over thanks to a catch in the deep from Dolling, before both men switched roles soon after as Ballard caught off Dolling as he returned for his second spell. The game was wrapped up off the next ball as an outside edge was held by wicketkeeper Dolbear, as Cam ran out victorious by 44 runs.

Report: George Dolling 25/06/17

Cam 1st XI 279-3 beat Stone 1st XI 169-10 by 110 runs

Cam extended their lead at the top of Gloucestershire County League Division Two with a convincing 110 run victory over Stone.

On a scorching afternoon, Cam captain Adam Holloway opted to bat first and it soon proved to be a good decision as Jake Dolbear and Gareth Udal found scoring easy as the pair rotated the strike well. Dolbear found scoring a little easier than his partner as they took the score past the hundred mark.

With the first wicket partnership having reached 185, Udal was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Lavis for a well-made 75 from 114 balls. This did not dampen the mood however, as Jake Dolbear reached his maiden ton to the delight of his teammates. Dolbear was not finished though and, despite losing Jim Seal for 3 as he looked to increase the scoring rate, he continued to collect ones and twos as he ensured that runs were taken off the majority of deliveries.

Alex Ballard joined Dolbear at the crease and looked to find the boundary and take on the outfielders as they increased the run rate significantly. With fatigue starting to set in, young Dolbear crashed a number of quick-fire boundaries before he was eventually held on the long off boundary for a career best 129. His knock had taken 126 balls and consisted of 14 boundaries. As the innings drew to a close, Ballard found and cleared the boundary on numerous occasions to eventually finish on 49 not out with Cam’s total an imposing 279-3.

New ball bowlers George Dolling and Charlie Viney looked to build pressure early on in Stone’s reply and it was Viney who mad the early breakthroughs as he trapped Ponting LBW and then had Ball caught by Adam Holloway for 18. Viney’s nine over spell was as economic as ever as he conceded just 16 runs against his old club. Hall and Udal soon got in on the act as they both picked up a wicket in the middle overs before a smart pick up and throw saw Hall’s direct hit run out Stevenson for 4.

Whilst wickets had been falling at regular intervals to leave Cam in a dominant position, opener Lavis remained at the crease and, having passed fifty, was seemingly Stone’s only hope of snatching an unlikely victory. A couple of chances were shelled in the deep to further frustrate Cam’s bowlers before the pressure finally surmounted as Lavis was given out LBW for 78 off the bowling of Ben Holloway.

Once this wicket had been taken, Cam knew it was only a matter of time before the remaining wickets followed. Ben Holloway picked up his second wicket, thanks to a catch from brother Adam, and his third soon after as he clean bowled Stone’s number ten. Ballard then promptly finished proceedings as he claimed the final two wickets thanks to catches from Dolling and Hall. Cam collected 20 points from the game and will go into next weekend’s game against fellow promotion hopefuls Cinderford full of confidence.

Report: George Dolling 18/06/17

Cam 1st XI 112-5 beat Oldlands 1st XI 109-10 by 5 wickets

Cam climbed to the top of the Gloucestershire County League Division 2 table as they secured a five wicket victory away to local rivals Oldlands.

Cam skipper Adam Holloway won the toss and opted to bowl first on what was a windy and overcast afternoon. It was a decision that was quickly backed up by the bowlers as Cam made early inroads into the Oldlands top order. George Dolling and Charlie Viney took the new ball for Cam and both men gave little away as the batsmen found runs hard to come by. Viney was particularly economical in his nine over spell, conceding just eight runs with five maidens. Viney also collected the first two wickets as he had Jim Wright caught by Ben Deakin before bowling Doug Walton soon after.

Ben Holloway was brought into the attack and removed Brad Thomas, who had batted a long time for his five runs, before removing Bobby Woolams for 8 as Oldlands slipped further into peril as the innings reached the half way stage. Pete Hall proved effective as ever as his spin accounted for Dave Walton who skewed a catch to Viney at mid-wicket. Alex Ballard then got in on the action as he removed the well set Price for 34 as he attempted to clear the boundary but only succeeded in finding the hands of Philp, who made no mistake.

Hall picked up his second wicket through a catch from Adam Holloway before Ballard and Philp combined again to remove Tom Paterson for 3. Tom Hancock then collected his maiden first team wicket as he trapped Steve Pennington LBW for 10 before Ballard finished things off as he clean bowled the number eleven to leave Oldlands well below par on 109 all out.

Cam’s reply made a less than ideal start as they lost Hall for 1 off the bowling of Dave Walton. This did not deter Cam’s progress however, as Jake Dolbear and first team debutant Jim Seal combined well as the total passed fifty. Seal was the more aggressive of the two batsmen, with Dolbear happy to bide his time and ensure that someone batted through the innings.

Seal fell for 21 and was soon followed by Deakin as he was caught off the bowling of Reeves for 1. Ballard entered at number five and decided to attack from the off in the hope of taking his side to the brink of victory. His gamble paid off as he regularly found the boundary in his score of 27 off just 20 balls before he was caught on the boundary with the score on 96. With Cam needing just four to win, Ben Holloway was bowled for 6 which left Dolbear to see his side to victory, much to the delight of his teammates. Dolbear’s patient knock of 36 showed immense maturity as Cam reached their target with more than 16 overs remaining.

Report: George Dolling 10/06/17

Cam 1st XI 267-9 beat Gloucester City Winget 2nd XI by 149 runs

Cam completed another comprehensive win as they ran out victors by 149 runs at home to Gloucester City Winget.

Cam started quickly as some loose bowling from the home side was punished by openers Jake Dolbear and Pete Hall. Dolbear was adjudged LBW for 18 in the fifth over and Pete Hall was dismissed in the same manner for 26 as Cam moved into a strong position. Gareth Udal (41) and Ben Deakin (26) continued to score freely before both men departed in the same over with the score on 141.

Adam Holloway (16) and Alex Ballard (13) both made starts but were unable to go on, and when both men were dismissed by Hamza Khan (5-41), along with Ben Holloway and Ryan Western in quick succession, Cam were left reeling on 175-8 with more than ten overs of the innings remaining.

Adam Philp and George Dolling set about using up the remaining overs while continuing to keep up the high scoring rate. Philp was quick to punish any poor bowling as he raced to 34 from 29 balls, whilst Dolling provided valuable support before hitting out towards the end as he finished unbeaten on 40 with Cam’s total sitting pretty at 267-9.

Gloucester City Winget’s batsmen had clearly decided their only chance of victory was attack to from ball one, but despite some early lusty blows, Cam’s bowlers soon made inroads as wickets fell with increasing regularity. Charlie Viney made the first breakthrough thanks to a catch from Deakin before Dolling had the other opening batsman caught by Hall.

A run out from Deakin was soon followed by further wickets for Dolling and Viney as the batsmen continued to sky catches to the safe hands of Western and Dolbear. With Viney (4-52) ripping out the heart of GCW’s top order, Dolling (3-36) proceeded to collect his third wicket to leave the away side reeling on 64-8 and in danger of becoming the third side this season to be bowled out for under one hundred by Cam’s bowlers.

Some lower order resistance from Whiting (31*) held up Cam’s victory charge but it wasn’t long before the tail was mopped up as Hall collected the wicket of Carr for 14 before Western finished the job as he clean bowled the number eleven batsman to complete a resounding 149 run victory for the home side. Cam travel to local rivals Oldlands next Saturday as they look to continue their strong start to the season.

Report: George Dolling 04/06/17

Cam 1st XI 230-9 beat Tetbury 1st XI by 140 runs

Cam got their season back on track with a comprehensive 140 run victory over Tetbury. Having been asked to bat first, Cam lost their first wicket as Jake Dolbear was bowled for 4 from the second ball of the game. Pete Hall joined Gareth Udal at the crease and the pair added 61 for the second wicket as Hall regularly found the boundary, while Udal played a more sedate knock as he looked to bat long. Hall departed for 30 and Ryan Malpass followed him soon after as he was bowled by Evans.

Udal was well supported by Adam Holloway (27) and Alex Ballard (24) as Cam’s scoring rate increased towards the 200 mark. Ryan Western added a quick fire 13 before some brilliant running between the wickets from Jake Parrott (13) and Adam Philp (9) allowed Udal to take much of the strike as he cut loose before being dismissed for 71. Cam’s innings ended on 230-9, an imposing score on what was an unpredictable wicket.

Tetbury started cautiously in reply before Udal claimed the first wicket as he had Westhead caught at first slip by George Dolling. Udal collected his second wicket soon after thanks to a diving catch from Philp at cover. Dolling was unfortunate not to collect a wicket of his own as the batsmen edged wide of the slips on multiple occasions.

Pete Hall was brought on to bowl and immediately prospered as he induced Ponting into a false stroke, however despite Hall dropping the difficult chance, both batsmen found themselves at the same end and some quick thinking from Parrott saw the well set Baverstock run out for 25. This proved to be the game changing moment as Hall (4-27) took a flurry of wickets thanks to catches by Udal, Parrott, Dolbear and Tom Hancock to put the game firmly in Cam’s control.

Western and Hancock bowled economically in tandem as Tetbury’s run rate dropped significantly, before a moment of madness from Tetbury’s number nine saw Philp run out Evans for 15 to break what had been a frustrating partnership. Udal (4-19) returned to the attack and quickly picked up the two remaining wickets to seal a comfortable victory for the visitors.

Report: George Dolling 29/05/17

Cam 1st XI 65-10 lost to Hatherley & Reddings 2nd XI by 101 runs

Cam’s early season form was halted as they fell to a heavy home defeat to Hatherley & Reddings 2nds. After being asked to bat, Hatherley & Reddings made slow progress initially as George Dolling and Charlie Viney kept things tight early on with Viney picking up the first wicket in the fourth over. Having bowled 2.4 overs without conceding a run, Viney pulled up with an injury and was unable to bowl for the remainder of the innings.

Ben Holloway and Gareth Udal were introduced to the attack and both men picked up an LBW as they continued to limit the scoring rate. Pete Hall came into the attack and collected three wickets during his nine over spell as his spin saw two batsmen sky catches to the outfielders and another batsman return a simple caught and bowled chance which Hall duly took.

Ryan Western picked up a wicket with his first ball of the season as he trapped opener Green LBW for 38. Cam fielded well throughout with only a couple of very tough catches going amiss. This was exemplified through a runout apiece for brothers Adam and Ben Holloway as Cam continued to pick up regular wickets. Some lower order hitting saw the away side reach 166-9, a competitive total but one Cam would have felt confident of chasing down.

Cam’s reply began cautiously as Jake Dolbear and Udal found their feet, Dolbear played some nice strokes before chopping on for 17. Following this early breakthrough Cam lost wickets with increasing regularity as opening bowler Mahmud accounted for Gareth Udal, Ben Deakin, Adam Holloway, Alex Ballard, and Pete Hall as his spell of 5-21 ripped the heart out of the Cam top order.

With plenty of overs left, Cam knew that one big partnership would go a long way to getting them back in the contest. It wasn’t to be, however, as Western and Philp both mistimed shots from full tosses by young bowler Niblett to be caught, before Dolling and Viney were dismissed by Dent soon after. Ben Holloway remained not out on 10 as Cam fell to a thoroughly disappointing 65 all out. Cam travel to Tetbury next Saturday searching for a victory to propel them back into the top two.

Report: George Dolling 21/05/17

Cam 1st XI 252-6 beat Thornbury 2nd XI 60-10 by 192 runs

Cam continued their fine start to the season as they comfortably swept aside Thornbury 2nds to collect maximum points in what was a brilliant all-round performance.

After being asked to bat, Cam lost opener Pete Hall early on as he was bowled in the third over. Jake Dolbear was joined by Ben Deakin and the pair batted patiently to begin with as they saw off the new ball before finding the boundary with more regularity as they moved the score on to 58. Dolbear was well caught at mid-wicket for 36 and Deakin departed for 20, but this did not deter Cam as their batsmen continued to find and clear the boundary regularly.

Ben Holloway added a quick-fire 39 before a 113 run partnership between Adam Holloway and Alex Ballard helped accelerate Cam’s total beyond 200. The pair rotated the strike well and struck regular boundaries as they both reached fifty. Ballard departed for 63 from 51 balls as he attempted another big shot, with Ryan Western falling soon after in similar fashion. Adam Philp partnered Adam Holloway for the final few overs as Cam reached 252-6 with Holloway unbeaten on 65 from 75 balls. James Tunnicliffe gained respectable figures for the visitors as he picked up 2-29.

With an imposing total on the board, Cam’s bowlers knew that building pressure and forcing mistakes would go a long way towards sealing victory. Two early breakthroughs from opening bowler George Dolling saw Cam off to the perfect start as he had Hammond caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Dolbear before bowling the new batsman in his next over to leave Thornbury on 12-2. Dolling was well supported by Charlie Viney who bowled economically to keep the away side in check as they looked to get off to a fast start.

With the game in the balance at 57-2 in the 14th over, an incredible course of events saw Thornbury lose 8 wickets for 3 runs as Pete Hall and Ben Holloway completely decimated the opposition. Wicket after wicket fell with the result confirmed with the first ball of the 19th over. The pair both took brilliant, instinctive one handed catches off their own bowling and, paired with some good outfield catching, they finished the game in a matter of minutes. Hall took 3 wickets for 4 runs from 4.1 overs whilst Holloway finished with unbelievable figures of 5 wickets for 3 runs from 3 overs. Thornbury were bowled out for 60 in an innings which included 6 ducks with only two men scoring more than 5. Cam will be hoping for more of the same next week as they welcome the visit of Hatherley and Reddings 2nds.

Report: George Dolling 14/05/17

Cam 1st XI 198-4 beat Chipping Sodbury 2nd XI 197-10 by 6 wickets

Cam made an ideal start in their quest to return to Division 1 of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League as they ran out comfortable winners against newly promoted Chipping Sodbury.

Adam Holloway’s Cam side were asked to field first on what was a chilly afternoon and began promisingly with George Dolling and Charlie Viney, on his competitive return to the club, giving little away during the opening overs. Viney was finally rewarded for his persistence as he had Young caught at gully by Ryan Malpass. This breakthrough started a procession of wickets as Ben Holloway, after a couple of expensive overs, found his rhythm to decimate Chipping Sodbury’s top order with help from catches by Adam Philp and Ben Deakin and two further wickets to put Cam firmly in the ascendency. Holloway finishing with healthy figures of 4-44 from his 9 overs.

With Lee Walters who had batted confidently for 45 now back in the pavilion, Cam further turned the game in their favour as Steve Rice trapped Hicks LBW for 4 to leave Chipping Sodbury languishing on 80-6. With Cam now hopeful of dismissing their opponents cheaply, a patient partnership ensued which served to frustrate the bowlers who focussed on staying regimented and waiting for a mistake from the opposition. The partnership was broken when Ollie Mears clean bowled Havard for 29 before Alex Ballard had Anderson caught on the long on boundary by Dolling for an imposing 42.

Ballard soon had his second wicket as a slower ball was enough to outfox Waldron with Jake Dolbear completing a regulation stumping as Chipping Sodbury slumped further. Some late hitting from Vile (25*) and Packer (11) saw Sodbury reach 197 before the returning Dolling bowled the latter with the penultimate ball of the innings.

Cam’s focus in their run chase was to be patient and wait for the bad balls, and they began positively with Malpass finding the boundary regularly whilst Rice opted to anchor the chase and allow other to bat around him. With the score on 63, Cam lost their first wicket as Malpass was bowled by Hicks for 32. Deakin entered at number three and took his time to get going as he took 12 from his first 35 deliveries before doubling his score in three balls as a flurry of boundaries accelerated the total.

With Rice having departed in the 20th over for 17, Cam’s Deakin found support from Ben Holloway, who scored a brisk 24, and Dolbear who was unfortunate to be given out LBW despite getting some glove on the ball, as Cam edged closer to their target.

With the score now on 147-4, Cam would have been wary that any further wickets could make for a nervous finish, however, Deakin and Ballard steadied the ship as th