Monday, 13 June 2011

Match report for Camberley 2nd XI v Pyrford, 11/6/2011.

Camberley break the record.
Phil West and Lloyd Morris were the stars as Camberley completely annihilated Pyrford on Saturday.
The pair combined to take all ten wickets as the visitors were bowled out for an all-time league-low score of 25.
Morris' pace was too much for Pyrford's batsmen to handle as he returned figures of 7-1-16-4, while West had a field day. Despite being hit for four with the first ball of the innings, the Camberley captain recorded incredible figures of 7.5-3-9-6.
Prior to the carnage in the field, Jon Cooles was the stand-out performer with the bat as his 69 was the main contribution to Camberley's total of 215 all out.
George Crowdy and West both made 27, with Scott Reeves adding 20, but the hosts didn't make the most of a promising start, having been 85-0 and 125-1 before wickets tumbled.
Morris' quickfire 14 at the end of the innings was the only other score above eight, but it all proved academic as Pyrford's batting later resembled a house of cards.
Having lost the toss, Camberley's tried and trusted opening pair of Crowdy and Cooles were sent out to bat on a testing track, but capitalised on some wayward bowling to get the hosts off to a positive start.
Cooles in particular hit some lusty blows, a straight six being a particular highlight. In addition to the regular flow of boundaries, due to the track being right to one side of the square, there was a lot of good running as balls failed to reach the boundary on one side of the wicket.
Cooles' innings contained four threes and, remarkably, a five, as the visitors' attack continued to struggle.
After a slow start, Crowdy's innings gathered pace as he went on, and even he notched a six with a trademark pull stroke, before going after one shot too many; only succeeding in edging through to the keeper.
His dismissal brought Stuart Gilchriest to the crease, fresh off his half century on debut last week, but he struggled to find a rhythm early on.
But despite his struggles, Cooles continued to attack and reached his fifty with an angled glance to the third man fence for four, which he immediately followed up with a powerful drive down the ground for four more.
His attractive innings was brought to an end when he was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Ahmed for a well-made 69 off just 50 balls.
Cooles' dismissal was instantly followed by Gilchriest's as he fell in the same fashion, this time off the bowling of Oyitch for six, before James Reeves' ill-advised aggression saw him fall soon after, caught behind off the impressive left-arm spin of Oyitch.
From a position of dominance, Camberley had lost three wickets for three runs and needed to rebuild with two new batsmen at the crease.
Mac Sayed and Scott Reeves were given the task of doing it, and a partnership of 26 had Camberley back on track, Reeves in particular looking in good touch.
A long six from the powerful younger Reeves brother was the highlight, before both batsmen fell in the space of five runs, handing back the initiative to the away side.
Nick Kempton looked to play sensibly on his first appearance for the twos this season, but he also fell soon after, as Camberley were in danger of being bowled out well short of their allotted overs.
This brought Sam Holmes to the crease to partner his captain, and although Holmes' 30-ball innings of eight contained just two scoring shots, he did the job the situation required of him, as West looked to attack from the other end.
West typically took little time in clubbing a pull through the leg side, however, instead of watching it sail for four or six, he must have been distraught to have to run the second five of the innings.
Later he did pick the shorter boundary, however, and there was very little running required as the ball cannoned back off a tree having gone miles over the rope for six.
A partnership of 30 between the two ended in the 41st over as the captain was caught, then Holmes was given LBW just an over later, meaning the contrasting styles of Morris and Chris Pike were brought together for the end of the innings.
The latter stuck around while Morris wasted no time getting into it, striking three fours in a brief cameo of 14 off nine balls, before being bowled by a peach of a delivery by Oyitch.
Indeed, Oyitch proved to be the difference for the visiting side, as he returned figures of 14.2-4-37-6, helping recover the situation after some indifferent bowling from his team mates.
Having been bowled out after 44.2 overs, Camberley had 56 overs to bowl out the opposition, but got off to a poor start.
Mindful that clouds were closing in and that Oyitch had been successful, West decided to open with himself, but his first delivery was cut for four.
A signal of intent from Pyrford? No. That was as good as it got for the away side, as an incredible bowling display commenced.
Oyitch was the first to fall, trapped LBW by West, quickly followed by Sellick, who was deceived by the same bowler. Morris then took J Lipscombe's off stump out of the ground as 5-0 quickly became 5-3, and the hosts were rampant.
The following over saw Hashmi play a horrible slog off West, only to be comfortably caught by Pike running around from mid-on, before Morris bowled Woolley, meaning that in the sixth over the scoreboard read a remarkable 7-5.
It was clear that the Pyrford top order was weak, but they weren't allowed to settle as Camberley's two bowlers ran riot. West's control of area, spin and and pace tied the batsmen up while Morris bowled even better than he did last week against Esher, constantly beating the edge and narrowly missing off stump as the visitors appeared clueless.
Even more amazing than the scoreline was the fact that a smile actually appeared on Morris' face as he knew he was too much for the opposition to handle.
A partnership of 12 was as good as it got the visitors as a mini-recovery looked on the cards, before Camberley's deadly duo resoundingly slammed the door.
First West bowled Aughterson, before Morris had Jones caught behind by Scott Reeves. Jones' score of seven would normally be one of the lowest on a team's scorecard, if not the lowest, but on this occasion it was the highest on a scorecard which included an impressive six ducks.
One of those ducks belonged to I Lipscombe as he was plumb LBW for Morris' fourth wicket, before West picked up his fifth wicket of an unparalleled spell, Clewlow also falling LBW.
That sequence of events meant Pyrford had incredibly lost four wickets for a total of no runs, and were 19-9.
The tenth wicket partnership of six was amazingly only the fourth partnership to get beyond zero, but any thoughts of the visitors getting anywhere near a respectable total were dashed when West ended the match in fitting style, bowling Coleman for nought.
It was a match that defied belief, and also defied the weather conditions as the rain started to fall just after the tenth wicket fell.
While Camberley can be proud of such an achievement and can bask in the glory of bowling a team out for 25, it shouldn't be forgotten that the batting failed to achieve its potential after a strong start for the second time in three matches, and next week's match won't be as ridiculously easy as this.
Next week's opponents, Old Wimbledonians, are just one point behind Camberley in the table, and this week suffered at the hands of the weather, having been 86-2 after 27 overs chasing just 135 to win against Esher, before rain stopped play.
But if Camberley can replicate this week's bowling performance in all forms of the game next week, the result should be inevitable.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Match report for Camberley 2nd XI v Esher 6/5/2011.

Gilchrist makes instant impact.
Stuart Gilchrist scored 57 on his second XI debut as Camberley comfortably defeated Esher on Saturday.
George Crowdy also made 52, as the pair put on 96 to help the visitors overhaul Esher's measly total of 133.
The run-chase came after some superb bowling from Lloyd Morris, Jon Cooles and Phil West, who picked up three wickets each as the hosts capitulated.
Despite the sun beating down, captain West won the toss and decided to bowl, citing the change in format to declaration cricket as his reason.
Cooles and Morris took up the challenge of opening the bowling and instantly hit their straps, Morris in particular bowling very good areas.
But while Morris was perhaps the more impressive of the two, it was Cooles who made the breakthrough, thanks to a superb catch by Chris Pike, diving full length to his left at mid-off.
Cooles then tore through the hosts' top order, taking two further wickets as Esher fell from 22-0 to 29-3. And when Morris got the wicket he deserved, Camberley were well in the driving seat with the score at 38-4.
There then followed a brief period of respite for the hosts, as a partnership of 36 between Tim Clews and David Crook appeared to get them back on track.
But just as they were getting comfortable, West bowled Clews, then instantly removed his replacement Nasir Shabbir, thanks to a remarkable one-handed reaction catch by James Reeves at slip.
Crook was then part of another mini-partnership, putting on 38 with Ahmed Isshard, but he also fell to West, trying to sweep him but only succeeding in top-edging an easy catch to Mac Syed behind the stumps.
Isshard fell soon after, victim of an inspired run out by West. There appeared to be a single for Neil Fletcher into the cover region, but Isshard didn't make his ground quickly enough and was sent on his way by a superb direct hit from the Camberley captain.
With Esher eight down, Morris was brought back into the attack to round up the innings, and the young paceman didn't disappoint.
A slower delivery fooled one batsman into looping a simple return catch, before the next nicked off, drawing the innings to a close and giving Morris figures of 10.2-3-17-3.
In reply, Camberley stuck with the same opening partnership as in recent weeks, using the different styles of Crowdy and Cooles.
The latter fell early, bringing Gilchrist to the crease for his second team debut. Having scored runs in the third XI, expectations were high, and the tall right-hander didn't disappoint.
He looked composed at the crease, and, along with Crowdy, the two looked set to win the game by themselves.
A partnership of 96 was only broken when Crowdy flayed a cut shot straight to point, just moments after completing a well-constructed fifty.
Gilchrist brought up his fifty soon after, but sadly couldn't remain unbeaten at the end of the innings as he fell with eight runs still required.
But that didn't take away from a wonderful introduction to the side that will no doubt leave the selection committee with even more headaches about who to select in the coming weeks.
It was left to Reeves and Tim Hughes to see the visitors over the line, and they duly did so, completing an easy seven-wicket victory for Camberley who next face Pyrford at home on the 11th.