Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Match report for Camberley Sunday 2nd XI v Woking and Horsell, 22/5/2011.

Camberley thumped despite Pike's new top score.
A young Camberley second XI were comprehensively beaten on Sunday, despite Chris Pike proving he is a genuine all-rounder.

John Hargan's brutal knock of 130 not out completely overshadowed Pike's innings, though, as Woking and Horsell chased down Camberley's total of 219-8 for the loss of just one wicket.
The visitors won the toss and oddly elected to field first, despite only having nine players for the first five overs, before Hargan rocked up late and joined the action.
George Crowdy and Dom Peter opened up for the hosts, and moved comfortably to 48 before the latter was bowled by Tom Harbour for 19.

Steve Hulks, Graham Lovell and Brad Stanley were all removed by Iqbal Ahmed for low scores while Crowdy fell three short of his half century.
The 17-year-old run machine was controvertially triggered by his opening partner after Peter had swapped his kit for the umpiring jacket.
Jordan Sturgess played in his typically aggressive manner while Charlie Peter reminded everyone of what a talented player he is, confidently stroking the ball around.
After Sturgess went for one shot too many, Pike was given the privilege of batting above captain Sam Holmes, and quickly set about his trademark defensive shots.
Knowing that attacking intent brought with it a horrible loss of shape and technique, Pike initially preferred to let Peter do the scoring, and the 15-year-old duly did so, combining five fours with some good running as the hosts passed 150.
Having made just one from his first 15 balls, Pike saw his opportunity to up the rate against captain Dave Lane, who introduced himself and bowled three overs of genuine dross.
It was as if Pike had been transformed into his 17-year-old self, looking to attack most deliveries, and he did so with surprising success, quickly moving to 20.
Lane was then replaced by Hargan, and Peter sacrificed himself for the team, looking to go on the offensive from the word go, only to be caught at mid off for 43, ending a mature and important knock; the main contributor in a partnership of 56.

Holmes immediately got into his stride, easily knocking the visitors' bowling around, as Camberley threatened to post a respectable total.
As for Pike, well, in a 13-year cricketing career, a top score of 31 not out in an under 17s game that was later abandoned due to rain wasn't particularly impressive. Thankfully for him, he cruised past that score and moved to 45 with a selection of clubbed boundaries and clips into the leg-side for singles, before finally perishing in the final over, desperately looking for the big hit which would take him to the promised land of a Sunday second XI fifty.

In reply, Crowdy and Charlie Peter took the new ball, as Pike donned the keeper gloves, and Peter made an impressive start, taking a sharp return catch to remove Azhar Mohammad for six.
But that's as good as it got for the hosts, as Max Carter, Hulks, Holmes, Pike, Blake Howell and Lovell all tried in vain to break the partnership of 212 which eventually saw the visitors home.

While James Wolfe's innings of 60 not out may have been scratchy and dogged, Hargan's savagery and ability to pick up on anything short was as impressive as it was destructive, completely taking the wind out of the hosts' sails.
Camberley will hope the inclusion of messrs Dawes, Burns and Smith will inspire the first XI to victory next Sunday away to Reading.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Match report for Camberley 2nd XI v East Molesey 21/5/2011.

Narrow defeat in classic encounter.
Camberley lost by one wicket in the final over of a match that had everything on Saturday.
The match featured a superb century for Camberley's James Reeves, a brutal 95 in response by East Molesey's Gavin McMillian, dropped catches, umpiring disputes and tension as the match swung one way then the other before the hosts finally crawled over the line.
With the sun beating down, captain Phil West won the toss and elected to bat on a good-looking track, and Camberley's new-look opening partnership of George Crowdy and Jon Cooles got the visitors off to a strong start, putting on 53 for the opening wicket. Cooles was the aggressor, firing boundaries all round the ground before he mistimed an attempted clip through the leg side and was caught and bowled for 36.
James Harrison replaced him, but never really settled and was trapped LBW for six.
In another change to the order, Reeves was sent in at four, and the big-hitting keeper-batsman immediately set about his business, thumping boundaries everywhere as the visitors looked set to post an imposing total.
The nature of Reeves' batting allowed Crowdy to sit back and try to hold the innings together, but despite coming into the game just 18 hours after hitting his second century of the season, the 17-year-old wasn't at his fluent best and fell to sharp return catch by Jamie Glynn for 34.
Mac Sayed looked to be aggressive but only made nine before chopping on to his stumps off the bowling of Trevor Brown.
At 142-4, the innings could have gone either way, but Dom Peter played an assured innings on his return to the side, providing the perfect foil for Reeves, who continued to dominate the hosts attack. The pair batted intelligently, firstly taking advantage of short boundaries to push the field back, then knocking singles around as Camberley raced past the 200 mark.
Reeves batted with both authority and common sense, and brought up his deserved 93-ball hundred in the 45th over with a single down the ground. Looking to add to his six and eleven fours, he was bowled soon after, but it didn't take away from a magnificent innings which was imperative to Camberley's impressive total.
Peter, who had put on 99 with Reeves, soon followed for 40, as the innings was in danger of petering out, but Jordan Gibbs and West ensured the visitors went into tea with the momentum. A flurry of fours from the captain's bat and some good running saw Camberley to 274-6 from their 50 overs.

Upon taking the field, West made sure his side knew the job was only half done, with the need for tight bowling and clean fielding on a bobbly outfield. Sean Clamp shared the new ball with Cooles, and while neither bowled badly, the hosts opening pair comfortably reached 50 without loss.
The introduction of spin worked instantly, as West brought himself on and trapped Mark Waters LBW with his first delivery.
As Chris Pike's impressive first spell of 6-0-18-0 tied down the batsmen at one end, West continued to make inroads, using his control of areas and changes of pace to bring false shots from the batsmen. First he had Chris Wood well caught at mid on by Peter, then Mark Collins caught at square leg by Pike, reducing the hosts to 66-3.
Sam Holmes, having replaced Pike, then removed Adam Potter as East Molesey struggled to 90-4 at drinks.

But if Camberley thought the game was in the bag, Brown and McMillian had other ideas, and quickly set about the visitors attack.
Brown played solidly, while McMillian didn't mess around, hitting multiple sixes, one of which ended up in the Thames, as the hosts got well and truly back in the game.
And as Camberley's grip loosened, so their fielding worsened. Numerous occasions saw players dive over the ball which turned ones into fours and eased the pressure on the batsmen.
As the required runrate decreased, Crowdy was brought into the attack, and his metronomic style gave the visitors a lifeline.
Seemingly cruising to victory at 230-4, Crowdy finally drew a false stroke from Brown, who was caught by Pike for 66, ending a partnership of 142.
But while Brown was snared, McMillian was allowed numerous lifelines; dropped by Gibbs, Reeves and Pike before Crowdy eventually bowled him for 95.

With 21 runs still needed, Camberley sensed a chance, but that quickly seemed to evaporate as the hosts got to 268, just six runs behind, with four wickets still in hand.
But an incredible period saw Camberley take three wickets for just one run. Crowdy's third and fourth wickets of a magical spell sandwiched a contentious run out from Sayed as the visitors threatened to make the impossible possible.
It was left to Pike to bowl the 49th over, with the equation simple. Six runs needed from 12 balls for the hosts, while Camberley just needed one more wicket.
While he only conceded four runs in the over, he also failed to take the wicket, leaving Crowdy with the improbable task of bowling a maiden in the final over, unless of course he took the final wicket.
Unfortunately for Camberley, Glynn managed to clip the winning runs from the second ball, ending an enthralling game in the hosts favour.
But if that's where the action finished, the debating didn't, with all the questions being directed at George Burden's umpiring colleague.
There's a saying in football that says if the referee has gone unnoticed throughout the game, he's had a good game. The saying certainly didn't apply this umpire who incurred the wrath of multiple Camberley players on various occasions.

Not only did his apparent sudden decision to call anything down leg-side a wide come into question, but also the mystifying length of time he took to give them. On more than one occasion he took a good 20 seconds to decide, with the most ridiculous instance coming when almost everyone on the field had changed positions at the end of the over, only to be called back.
But, while this episode riled Camberley, it certainly couldn't be used as an excuse for losing the game. The standard of fielding was not where it should have been, and will have to be improved before the Bank of England arrive on Saturday.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Match report for Camberley 2nd XI v Warlingham, 14/5/2011.

Twos off the mark.
A SUPERB all-round performance saw Camberley record their first points of the league season against a poor Warlingham side.
James Parrott, Mac Syed and Jordan Gibbs all scored fifties as two significant partnerships helped the hosts recover from 37-3 to post 243 from 48.2 overs.
In reply, Camberley's bowlers performed excellently as a unit as the visitors were bowled out for just 76. There were two wickets each for Jon Cooles, Sean Clamp, Phil West and Sam Holmes, and one for Chris Pike, as well as a fine opportunistic run out by Jordan Gibbs.
On a chilly day, Camberley lost the toss, but captain West was more than happy to open the batting with the recalled George Crowdy, and the two progressed nicely until a mix up saw Crowdy run out for 10 in the fifth over.
West was then the victim of a harsh-looking LBW decision as he advanced down the track, before James Harrison was deceived by a lack of bounce to leave the hosts in danger of collapse.
But Syed proved to be the perfect solution, playing a very selective innings of 64 which included just four fours in 109 balls. He was complimented well by the attacking Parrott, who took advantage of some strange field placings to pepper the boundary, particularly over mid off, as the pair put on 105 before Parrott was bowled for 70.
Just as had happened after Crowdy fell, Parrott's dismissal was followed by two quick wickets; firstly Jon Cooles chipping to mid-wicket for two, before Sam Holmes was bowled for the same score, as Warlingham threatened to get back in the game.
But their hopes of cleaning up the tail cheaply were dashed when Gibbs played a sparkling innings, flaying the ball to all parts as he made his way to 50. Undoubtedly the highlight of his innings was a perfectly executed Dilscoop, which, despite Crowdy's attempts to have it called a dead ball, went straight over the keeper's head for four.
Gibbs' innings, which came from just 44 deliveries, was the main contributor to the partnership of 73 with Syed, who continued to glue the innings together down the order, until he was finally caught in the deep shortly after James Reeves' dismissal. Pike was then bowled, leaving Clamp unbeaten, before Camberley took to the field.

On his first appearance for the twos this season, Cooles wasted no time making his mark, clipping off stump with the fourth ball of the innings.
Clamp also was quick to get into his stride, reminding everyone of why he's been so effective in recent years, bowling disciplined away-swingers and straighter deliveries on his way to producing comfortably his best spell of the season, returning 6-1-20-2.
With the batsmen under pressure at both ends, the need to keep the scoreboard ticking was paramount, something which Dil Amin was aware of. But as he sauntered through for a seemingly easy single, something he wasn't aware of was Gibbs' pick up and throw from point, which cannoned into the stumps prompting the Warlingham number three to walk.
Cooles then hit the stumps for the second time on his way to an impressive 8-1-19-2, before West noticed heavy clouds rolling in.
With only 12 overs having been bowled, and 20 needed to constitute a game, the captain decided to introduce spin to speed the game up, despite the pacemen reducing the visitors to 35-5.
But even though there was a change in bowling style, there was no change in the hosts' dominance, as West and Holmes both picked up quick wickets as the away side completely collapsed to 44-8.
West trapped both of his victims LBW on his way to 4-0-16-2, while Holmes picked up wickets with arguably the two worst balls of an otherwise outstanding spell of 4-2-3-2, one caught at mid-on by West and the other by Syed at deep mid-wicket; a catch which made it 58-9.
With the 20 overs having been bowled, pace was brought back to finish the game off, with Cooles restored at one end and Pike introduced at the other, and it was the latter who bagged the final wicket, completing a resounding victory for the hosts.
In stark contrast to last week against Worcester Park, Camberley's batsmen went on to big scores once they were in, bowled to their plans and backed it up with good catching and fielding; something which should breed confidence for the rest of the season.
West and his men will hope to make it two wins from three away at East Molesey next week, a team who also have one win from two matches so far.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Match report for Camberley Surrey Trust Development XI v Staines and Laleham, 8/5/2011.

Dawes stars as three players make senior debuts.
Mark Dawes showed his class as he proved the difference against Staines and Laleham on Sunday.
On a very soft wicket, Camberley batted first and made a respectable 151 all out from their 40 overs, in an innings which featured 25 extras. Ten of Camberley's batsmen totalled just 30 runs, as the visitors' total was entirely dependent on Dawes, who made a superb 96.
Eleven-year-old debutant Toby Woodland also impressed with the bat, the talented youngster remaining unbeaten after 35 balls at the crease.
In reply, a good performance from everyone with the ball restricted the hosts to 88 all out, captain Sam Holmes starring with 8-2-13-4, as there were also wickets on debut for James Newlands and Max Carter, with George Crowdy and Blake Howell picking up two each.
After losing the toss, Camberley found themselves batting first on a horrible track and were in early trouble.
Having played at Staines and Laleham and been out for a third-ball duck last season, Dom Peter remarkably managed to repeat the feat this year, albeit due to a questionable LBW decision.
Crowdy replaced him and scored nine, amazingly the second highest score of the day, before being caught behind off Ciaran Dunne.
Brad Stanley and Sam Holmes came and went, sticking around for a while but only supporting Dawes who continued to be the sole runscorer. Jordan Sturgess looked to up the runrate straight away but was caught in the deep, before Chris Pike played a turgid innings, making one from 23 deliveries.
His dismissal brought Woodland to the crease, and despite being only marginally taller than a set of stumps, the young left-hander impressed with his technique, rarely looking in any trouble.
Dawes' high quality innings came to an end soon after, as he looked to hit his fourth six, only to be caught on the boundary.
Newlands played a brief innings before becoming Dunne's third victim, which he quickly made four as he had the aggressive  Howell caught at mid-on.
Carter then made a case for promotion up the order from number 11; a very good cut shot that raced to the boundary was the highlight as made eight off 18 balls, before being run out on the final ball of the innings.

Defending a low total, the visitors made a good start with the ball, Crowdy bowling Harvey Parsons in the first over.
Pike was surprisingly economical and produced a few jaffas in his opening spell, but went unrewarded as he returned figures of 5-1-15-0, while Crowdy was metronomic in his impressive spell of 8-1-28-2.
Pike's withdrawal brought Holmes into the attack, and the off-spinner picked up where he left off in last season's Sunday games, picking up wickets for fun. Two of the hosts players were drawn into horrible shots only to miss the ball and get bowled, while Holmes showed good reactions and hands to take a sharp return catch to remove Felix Walker.

The Camberley skipper's fourth wicket came courtesy of a catch at backward point by Jordan Sturgess, Tom Oades the culprit as another poor shot continued the hosts' batting disintegration.
Carter showed good discipline, bowling good lines and lengths on his way to 4-0-14-1, including the wicket of top scorer Sam Barrett, caught behind by Dawes for 31.

After Holmes' superb spell, Newlands was brought into the attack, and the young spinner joined a select group, possibly only consisting of himself, who can say they took a wicket with their first ball in senior cricket. The wicket did owe a great deal to Pike, who took a stunning diving catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary, but Newlands finished off the over well, conceding just three runs.
It was left to Howell, who bowled nicely and had already picked up one wicket, to complete the game, taking a fine diving return catch as he followed through, finishing with 2.2-0-12-2.
The game was not helped by a dreadful track that wasn't conducive to either bowling or batting, but Holmes will have been pleased with his side's performance in the field, and grateful to Dawes for the sparkling innings which proved to beat Staines and Laleham's total by itself.
All three debutants plus Howell, making a rare appearance, performed admirably, and continued exposure to senior cricket will undoubtedly improve their game and bode well for the future of the club.

Match report for Camberley 2nd XI v Worcester Park, 7/5/2011.

Opening game woes as Camberley crumble.
Camberley made a dreadful start to their league campaign as they were comfortably beaten by Worcester Park on Saturday.
Coming into the game off a very good performance against Leatherhead last week, confidence was high, but that quickly evaporated after a dismal all-round display.
With the bat, people getting themselves out was the theme as no-one played a meaningful innings as the visitors crumbled to 100-8. Sam Holmes was the only batsman to really apply himself, making 43 not out as he and Chris Pike put on 48 for the ninth wicket, as Camberley finished on 154-9 from their 50 overs.
With the ball, Phil West took an early wicket and Lloyd Morris bowled a very impressive attacking opening spell, but that was as good as it got for a side who dropped at least four catches and were ultimately well beaten.
The day had started with Camberley winning the toss, and captain West decided to bat first. But as he tried to get the visitors off to a flying start, his ill-advised attempt to club Dom Fell out of the ground only succeeded in gifting an easy catch to keeper Ben Davies after just four balls.
Tom Green went in at three, and some good running with Dom Peter saw Camberley on the recovery path. Green played a superb straight drive for four but was bowled soon after, becoming Fell's second victim. Not long passed before Peter also departed, falling to a very good catch off his own bowling by James Cameron.

Mac Syed and James Parrott then led a mini recovery, Parrott in particular playing some lovely cover drives as Camberley looked to fight back. But the attacking nature of Syed's play proved to be his downfall as he drove straight to mid-on, Cameron taking the catch to reduce the visitors to 51-4.
Jordan Gibbs stuck around for a while before also being caught when looking to attack, before James Reeves played a short but sweet knock of 16 from 13 balls; an innings which featured just three scoring shots as he clubbed two long sixes and a four before being bowled.
Parrott was caught at mid-off for 23 off 57 balls soon after, and when Morris was run out without facing a ball, Camberley were in disarray.
Holmes and Pike then tried to get the away side up to a semi-respectable total, Pike just trying to stick around as Holmes picked off the runs. Pike was finally out in the 48th over as he looked to up the scoring, leaving Sean Clamp the last couple of overs to survive with Holmes.

In reply, Camberley got off to a promising start, with Morris looking lively and West accurate. While Morris was unfortunate not to pick up at least one wicket, West did snare an early one, as John Drake looked to create room outside leg stump only to miss a straight one.
The visitors remained positive in the field for a good number of overs before a series of dropped catches killed their enthusiasm and enabled Worcester Park to capitalise.
Davies made the most of his luck to get to 59 before being bowled by Holmes, but the powerful Johnny Evans finished not out on 66 as the hosts easily reached their target for the loss of just two wickets.
Despite this abject performance, the signs from the pre-season games were mainly positive, so Camberley will hope to get back on track at home to Warlingham on the 14th.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Match report for Camberley Sunday 1st XI v Wilkinson's Way, 1/5/2011.

Dom dominates.
Dom Peter became the third teenager in as many weeks to score a century as he put Wilkinson's Way to the sword on Sunday.
The 16-year-old, who hit 102 not out off 99 balls, followed George Crowdy and Lloyd Morris into three figures for the club this season.
Not to be outdone, Sunday veteran Mark Dawes also hit 120 as Camberley thrashed the visitors from Greenford, West London.

Dawes and Peter put on a mammoth 201 for the first wicket, as Camberley totalled 288-3 from their 40 overs, before bowling the Way out for 157.
In a match that never threatened to be close, captain Sam Holmes managed to use nine bowlers in an attempt to keep everyone on their toes, with Peter the only fielder not to bowl.
Wickets were spread all over the team, with Jordan Gibbs, Jon Cooles and Holmes picking up two each, while there were one apiece for Chris Pike, Dan Wakeling, Dan Burns and even Dawes, who returned figures of 3-1-4-1.
With the visitors having turned up late, Holmes enforced the toss, meaning that Camberley batted first, and Dawes and Peter quickly got into their stride as the weak Way bowling attack suffered.
Dawes was typically aggressive, hitting 12 fours and two sixes in his innings, while Peter was more watchful, preferring to take singles and twos that were readily available.
After Dawes' sparkling innings came to an end in the 29th over, Burns played a quickfire knock of 23 off 13, James Reeves added four and Holmes finished unbeaten on 16, but the highlight of the innings came in the 39th over when Peter punched an Everton delivery through extra cover to bring up his hundred.

In reply, Camberley got off the best possible start when youngster Wakeling had Khan caught behind in the first over. Pike also got an early wicket, uprooting Jones' off stump, before Cooles and Burns combined to tie down the Way's middle order. Cooles showed an extra yard of pace in his spell of 5-1-16-2, while Burns was typically unplayable, returning figures of 5-2-7-1.
With the game effectively over, the fun could begin, as a new spin partnership of Reeves and Reeves took centre stage. Sadly, James' slow left arm and Scott's off-spin couldn't produce the wicket that both would have toasted for years. But where they failed, Dawes succeeded, adding the wicket of Williams to his impressively economical figures.
Leg-spinner Gibbs added a couple of late wickets to his tally this season, but it was Holmes who rounded off the match, taking the last two wickets just four balls into his spell.
The game didn't offer much as a contest, but Camberley won't complain about getting two further players into triple figures, whilst continuing the winning mentality as the important games arrive.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Match report for Camberley 2nd XI v Leatherhead, 30/4/2011.

Mac makes his mark.
MAC SYED was the difference as an impressive Camberley defeated Leatherhead on Saturday.
The diminutive batsman's unbeaten innings of 77 included 12 fours and a six as he steered his side past the hosts' total of 213-8.
The attacking Syed was complimented at the crease by the watchful James Harrison, who made 54 on his first appearance of the season, as the two put on 125 for the third wicket.
It had looked as if the two would see the visitors over the line, but Harrison's departure prompted a slight collapse before Syed hit the winning runs in typically aggressive fashion.
With the ball, Sam Holmes starred as some bizarre dismissals led to Camberley restricting the home side well short of what they might otherwise have achieved.
On a sunny but breezy afternoon, Leatherhead won the toss and quickly set about the Camberley pace attack. Morris started accurately, but Clamp and Pike were too wayward as the hosts passed 50 without loss.
The introduction of spin had an immediate effect, as captain Phil West had James Musgrave well caught down the leg side by wicket keeper James Reeves.
But still the runs flowed, and it wasn't until Holmes was brought into the attack that the visitors started to restrict the runrate. The off-spinner controlled his areas well for the mostpart, but, ironically, his first wicket came from a rank full toss. With the score at 115-1, David Gillott rightfully tried to open his body and free his arms, but he lost his footing and was trapped LBW as he fell over.
There then followed an extraordinary passage of play where David Baker seemed determined to give his wicket away. In three consecutive Holmes deliveries, he contrived to be dropped at deep-backward square by Morris, then by Reeves behind the stumps, before he finally perished, West taking the catch at mid-wicket following an ugly swipe across the line.
Anthony Joblin came in at five, but instead of looking to rebuild, he followed the pattern of giving his wicket away, missing a straight one as he looked to thump it over mid-wicket, reducing his side to 128-4.
After Holmes completed his superb spell of 9-3-16-3, and with Syed bowling economically at the other end, Dom Peter continued the spin theme, and didn't waste time making his mark, having Stephen Burgess caught by Syed at cover with his first delivery.
Morris and Pike were then reinstated to the attack in an attempt to wrap up the hosts' innings, and while Morris was unlucky, Pike managed to pick up three late wickets, as Leatherhead were restricted to 213-8 off their 45.
In reply, Camberley got off to a positive start as West played his customary attacking shots; a couple of straight sixes and a glorious cover drive were the highlights as he raced to 48 before being adjudged LBW.
Dom Peter was also given LBW, allowing Harrison and Syed to combine to take the game away from the hosts. Syed played an array of attacking shots while Harrison was content to wait for the bad ball, hitting eight fours in his innings.
It had seemed as if both would be at the crease for the end of the game, but Harrison's knock came to a slightly premature end as he was bowled by Joblin, but it only served as a delay on the inevitable.
Ollie Pollard and Tom Green were both dismissed cheaply, but those wickets only took a hint of gloss off an otherwise very impressive display which was completed when Syed thumped Rich Roy over mid-off for four.

The former Bangladesh under-15 had looked in good touch but failed to compile a meaningful innings in the two previous friendlies, so his return to form bodes well for the opening league encounter away at Worcester Park on the 7th.