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.

No comments:

Post a Comment