Saturday, 30 July 2011

Match report for Camberley 2nd XI v Bank of England, 23/7/2011.

West haul in vain as Camberley come up just short.
Another monumental spell from captain Phil West didn't quite prove enough on Saturday as Camberley came up just short at the Bank of England.
West's return of 7-52 from 24 overs included the first seven wickets to fall, but ultimately wasn't quite enough as the final pair survived the last five overs.
James Harrison was the stand out performer with the bat as his 95 led the visitors to a substantial first innings total.
After winning the toss, West decided to open the batting himself, and he and George Crowdy got the away side off to a good start before West was bowled for 15.
BoE had an aggressive opening bowler who made a point of staring down any batsmen who he felt struggled against his pace, but Crowdy took the initiative, hooking him for six in an over that went for 19.
Crowdy looked very impressive he made his way to 39, but a short delivery that kept low proved to be his downfall as he was trapped lbw.
His dismissal brought Jon Cooles to the crease, and he almost departed straight away as he lined up a heave through the leg side. The ill-advised shot caught the outside edge and looped to cover, but the young fielder underneath it proceeded drop the easiest of chances. Cooles went on to make 18 before he was bowled by Matt Cannon. Mac Sayed then came and went for eight and Scott Reeves for nought, as Harrison struggled but knuckled down at the other end. After a pretty dreadful first 40 runs, with most coming through third man, the Camberley number three relaxed into it as he and Alex Boorman put on 86 for the sixth wicket.
Harrison played with renewed confidence after passing fifty, and hit a six and 15 fours before he fell agonisingly short of his century.
Boorman played aggressively for his 30 before his departure sparked the beginning of the end for Camberley's innings as Jordan Gibbs, Chris Pike and Dan Wakeling all succumbed for single figures, leaving Blake Howell as the unbeaten man in Camberley's total of 240 all out.
In reply, BoE got off to a shaky start, with both openers edging between keeper and first slip in the first three overs.
Despite this, they managed to survive the initial tough period, as both West and Gibbs bowled impressive opening spells.
With Camberley needing a moment of inspiration to break the deadlock, it was provided by Sayed as he took a remarkable reaction catch at short leg.
West then doubled his wicket tally shortly after, removing the other opener as Camberley broke the game open.
A partnership of 37 threatened to take the wind out of the visitors sails, but West was having none of it; the one-man wicket machine trapped Tim Hoolahan lbw for 20.
Two balls later another wicket fell, but it will always be remembered for what happened in the aftermath rather than the wicket itself.
Having taken a fairly good catch above his head, Pike threw the ball up in the air and made his way back to his team mates to celebrate. But seemingly out of nowhere, the ball fell out the sky and made a resounding clunk on Pike's head. Cue lots of laughter at his expense.
After the jokes died down, West got right back on his mark, taking three more wickets relatively quickly.
Another superb close catch by Sayed was sandwiched between the Camberley captain hitting the stumps twice, as BoE teeterred on the brink.
Mouthy paceman Kasheef Hassan was then given a taste of his own medicine by Cooles as he was bounced out and caught at fine leg by Boorman, which was followed by a send-off from pretty much every visiting player.
As the game reached crunch time, Gibbs took the wicket his earlier spell deserved, bowling Joe O'Gorman for two, leaving Camberley just one wicket away from what would have been a very well-earned victory.
But despite a time limit extending the innings by five overs, the visitors couldn't prise the final wicket and had to make do with a winning draw.
It was a result that left the away side feeling a little deflated that they couldn't take the last wicket, but should take heart from the fact that they got so close as they face a tough test against East Molesey next week.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Match report for Camberley Surrey Trust Development XI v Maori Oxshott, 3/7/2011.

Pike effort in vain as youngsters lose thriller.
Chris Pike's maiden Test match fifty was not enough to ensure victory for a very young Camberley development side at Oxshott on Sunday.
Pike's innings of 60 was the only score above 12, however a considerable amount of extras saw the away side to 174 all out.
In reply, Josh Halsey was the star with the ball, taking 4-31 from seven overs as the home batsmen struggled to deal with his areas and skiddy deliveries.
Despite a late rally, Camberley came up just short, as Oxshott captain Humayoon Nasir hit the winning runs in the penultimate over with his side nine wickets down.
Having won the toss, captain Sam Holmes elected to bat on a very dry track with short boundaries.
George Crowdy took his customary position at the top of the order, but his partner was slightly less experienced in the trade.
You could have got very good odds on Pike outlasting Crowdy and Dom Peter at the crease, but that's exactly what happened. Crowdy looked like he meant business in the first over, crunching three fours, but he added no further score before top edging an attempted clip through the leg side in the second over.
Peter was then the victim of what looked a harsh LBW decision, but he had to go for a duck.
While all the carnage was going on at the other end, Pike also could have fallen; dropped at slip while still on nought.
Captain Holmes came in to steady the ship at four, and, after a shaky start, Pike started to resemble more of a batsman.
Some good shotmaking and running, combined with some horrific fielding meant that Camberley continued to score at a good pace, until Holmes was trapped LBW for 12.
Dan Wakeling was next up the ramp, but after looking fairly solid at the crease, he was deceived by a good delivery from Nasir which spun back between his bat and pad.
With all the wickets falling at the other end, the innings became increasingly dependent on Pike getting a good score - something he wasn't particularly adept at.
But, after a mix of streaky edges, well-judged singles and the occasional good shot for four, the man who batted number eleven the day previously found himself on 49 for the first time.
A quick single to point was taken and once Harry Green made his ground at the striker's end, Pike had achieved the unthinkable.
Cheers from the boundary would have been in disbelief as much as appreciation that Pike had actually done a half-decent job.
Green played nicely during his short stay at the crease before he was well caught and bowled by Oliver Pike for six.
Pike fell shortly after, as he missed an agricultural swipe at leg-spinner Meesome Hussain and was bowled. Despite being annoyed at having thrown away a good position, he would definitely have settled for 60 before the game, and especially after being dropped on nought.
Shaan Joshi looked good at the crease, slashing one four through backward point, before he tried to repeat the trick and dragged on.
Toby Woodland looked untroubled against people many years older, and even managed to get off the mark with a reverse sweep before being stumped off Hussain.
Blake Howell added some valuable late runs as he struck two fours before he was run out by the superb fielding of Oliver Pike.
Halsey then defied his position at number eleven by crunching a backfoot drive through extra cover for four, before he was well caught by Oliver Pike off the bowling of his twin brother Alex, leaving Max Carter unbeaten at the crease.
In reply, Wakeling bowled his customary good areas, while Pike bowled his customary wayward areas, but neither could prise a wicket out of the Oxshott openers.
Both were replaced by spin, and Holmes' off-spin took the first wicket, well caught by Peter at mid-wicket.
Peter himself bowled a very good spell of 8-0-20-1, ragging his left arm variations all over the place. His deserved wicket came courtesy of a good catch by Joshi at mid-off, before Halsey took centre stage.
With the score at 103-2, the young medium-pacer took four of the next five wickets to haul his side back into the game. First, he bowled Alex Pike, shortly before having Phil Salt well caught behind by Crowdy, who performed admirably in his first game behind the sticks.
Halsey continued to bowl superbly, and he bowled two more Oxshott batsmen, with Holmes claiming also claiming a wicket between the two.
Halsey's efforts balanced the game nicely, with 39 runs or three wickets required for either side. But a partnership of 27 between Nasir and Oliver Pike seemed to have settled the game, before Pike was bowled by Pike (lol).
Peter's superb pick up and throw from mid-on then ran out Jo Lidbetter, meaning the game would be settled by a six or a wicket.
Halsey was brought back to bowl the penultimate over, but sadly for Camberley his fantastic effort didn't quite have the fairytale ending, as Nasir smeared him through the leg side twice in succession to finish the game in the hosts' favour.
It was a tense game that was ultimately decided by Camberley's poor batting display, but provided good experience for a side with an average age of just over 16, and only two people older than 17. 
Next Sunday will likely provide a similarly inexperienced side as Camberley have to field sides for two games. So far this season finding eleven players on a Sunday has been tough enough, so it'll be interesting to see what availability is like this week.  

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

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

Shaq shines as Camberley get back on track.
Captain Phil West bowled a typically mesmeric spell as Camberley got back in the promotion race on Saturday.
The off-spinner raced through the visitors' top order to return 18.5-7-29-6; remarkable figures for anyone other than West, whose last three games have seen him take 17 for 83 from 46.4 overs.
Jon Cooles and Sam Holmes also bowled impressively and took two wickets each as Camberley recovered from a tough position to eventually run out easy winners.
Having won the toss, West elected to bat first on a good looking track, and George Crowdy took it upon himself to see that the hosts got off to a strong start.
With Cooles and James Harrison falling cheaply at the other end, 17-year-old Crowdy looked in as good a touch as he has done all season, playing a series of masterful strokes as he made his way to fifty.
Unfortunately for him and his side, Crowdy was run out shortly after, before Mac Sayed also fell, halting the hosts' progress.
At 100-4, the innings could have gone either way, but a solid partnership from Nick Kempton and Scott Reeves laid the foundations for a strong late-innings push.
Jordan Gibbs also played a fine knock coming in at seven, but his dismissal sparked a mini-collapse, as West was adjudged LBW first ball, and Morris also fell quickly, meaning Camberley were still short of 200.
It was left to Holmes to see out the last few overs with Chris Pike, and while the former added some valuable late runs to the total, the latter fell cheaply, leaving Camberley on 201 all out.
In reply, Worcester Park got off to a strong start, Ian Burrows in particular pouncing on Lloyd Morris' pace by creaming him for a succession of boundaries in the sixth over.
At 65-0, Camberley needed some inspiration, and West was the man to provide it, striking twice in quick succession.
But while the hosts had made the breakthrough, the key to the innings lay with opener Dom Fell, who had battled to his fifty. It wasn't the smoothest knock, but if remained at the crease Camberley would have found victory hard to come by.
Thankfully for the hosts, the introduction of Holmes' spin brought about Fell's downfall, as he looked to attack but only succeeded in looping a catch to West at extra cover.
Seemingly annoyed that someone other than himself had taken a wicket, West took it upon himself to take the next three on his own, bowling John Drake and Mark Turner before having Jordan McLaren LBW as the away side collapsed.
Holmes then gratefully accepted a return catch from Josh Longhurst before Cooles ensured the pacemen had something to savour, taking two quick wickets to speed up the inevitable. 
Fittingly, the last wicket belonged to West, when he bowled James Cameron for a drawn out duck from 18 balls. 
Having been in an initial position of strength, the visitors lost all ten wickets for just 54 runs, meaning Camberley ran out clear winners and avenged their defeat on the opening day of the season.
The win moves Camberley up to fifth in the table, and a win against third-placed Old Rutlishians would put them level on points with next week's opponents.