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.

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