Friday, 18 May 2012

Camberley 2nd XI v Sanderstead 2nd XI, 12/5/2012.

JP leads from the front.

New captain James Parrott was the star as Camberley made it two wins from two to begin the season.
The skipper smashed 12 fours and one six on his way to 91 from just 66 balls.
Mac Sayed also laid the foundations for a good score as his steady 56 set up Camberley's strong total of 233-8 from their 50 overs.
In reply, another strong all-round bowling performance was led by Lloyd Morris who bowled exceptionally, taking 3-14 from 9.3 overs.
James Reeves also impressed in his first game of the season as his left-arm spin took 7-1-29-4 in addition to a quick-fire 26 off 17 with the bat.
After losing the toss, Camberley were put into bat on a deck which featured both dry and damp patches.
Sam Holmes was promoted to the top of the order to partner Jordan Gibbs, but the partnership didn't last long as the latter was bowled by a sharp delivery from Scott Pettifor for four.
That brought Mac Sayed to the crease for his first knock of the season, and it was a carefully compiled innings as Camberley edged their way back into the game.
Holmes was decidedly more watchful than the previous week against Old Ruts as he struggled to 10 from 49 balls before a mid-pitch collision with Sayed led to him being run out.
James Harrison made a positive start but fell for 16 first ball after the drinks break as the hosts crawled to 64-3 after 25.1 overs.
That brought Parrott to the crease and he wasted no time changing the pace of the game. The ball disappeared to all parts as the skipper overtook Sayed and reached his fifty from just 36 balls.
Sayed continued to offer solid support at the other end and reached his own fifty shortly after as Camberley began to look set for an imposing total.
The former Bangladeshi under-15 batsman's innings came to an end in fitting fashion as he ran himself out, but he'd played an essential role in shoring up the hosts' middle order after a potentially dangerous start.
Reeves was then introduced and played a typically swashbuckling innings, hitting a four and an incredible flat six over the longest boundary on the ground.
But the innings belonged to Parrott who continued his strong start to the season, taking the visiting attack apart as Camberley smashed 140 off the last 20 overs.
Sanderstead needed a good start if they were to have any chance of overhauling Camberley's total, but they weren't allowed it as Morris began an outstanding spell by taking two quick wickets, trapping George Jackson LBW before cutting through the defence of Richard Young.
Holmes then struck a crucial blow as he tempted aggressive opener Johann Branch into one shot too many as he skied one to Chris Pike at mid on, before Dan Wakeling produced his standard inswinging delivery to bowl Jon Ghaemien.
Reeves then took centre stage as the Sanderstead middle order failed to deal with his left-arm darts. He bowled one batsman, had another caught at extra cover by Tim Hughes and trapped two LBW, the second of which was wannabe big-timer Josh Cox-Brooker who was finally taught a lesson for trying to play switch-hit after switch-hit when his side still needed comfortably more than a hundred runs.
Fittingly, Morris bagged the final wicket to improve his figures even further to complete a comprehensive 92-run win for the home side.

Other moments worthy of a mention were Scott Pettifor's dislocated finger which prematurely ended his game after a very good opening spell. As he passed the clubhouse, Nick Kempton caught a glance of the injured hand and said, 'I think I'm gona vom.'
Finally, purely for the banter, Morris' pick up and throw from point which slammed into the nether regions of umpire George Burden who seemingly had no idea it was coming. Cue fits of laughter all round.
Back to the serious business, Camberley look to continue their 100% record next week against the other newly-promoted side and bitter rivals Valley End.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Match report for Camberley CC v Old Rutlishians CC, 05/05/2012.

Camberley off to winning start.

A new-look Camberley 2nd XI made a winning start to the new season with a hard-fought win over Old Rutlishians on Saturday.
A strong all-round bowling display restricted the hosts to 133 all out, and, despite a middle-order collapse, Camberley scraped over the line for a pleasing two-wicket victory.
Dan Wakeling was the pick of the bowlers with 10-2-15-3, while other seamers Jon Cooles (10-2-33-3), Chris Pike (9.4-4-27-2) and Lloyd Morris (10-5-20-0) also impressed.
Sam Holmes took 6-0-23-1 and also joint top-scored with new captain James Parrott in the run chase as both made 38.
After a lengthy trip into South-West London, the visitors won the toss and Parrott elected to bowl on a track which was fairly soft and slow, but ultimately held up fairly well considering recent weather.
With Cooles and Dan Bowles stuck in traffic, Camberley played the first few overs with nine men, but that didn't trouble Morris, who began his customary tight spell with three straight maidens.
Cooles' absence meant Pike shared the new ball, and he also produced a useful opening spell which culminated in the first wicket of the new season as he cleaned up George Tidey for three.
Cooles and Wakeling replaced the openers and bowled equally as impressively, as the hosts lost wickets at frequent intervals and struggled to score at more than two an over.
After an indifferent first few deliveries, Cooles suddenly hit his straps with devastating effect. First, he induced an edge from one batsman, but although that catch was dropped, Cooles was not to be denied, striking with his very next delivery as Michael Dodd lobbed a simple catch to Jordan Gibbs at cover.
He followed that up in his next couple of overs by bowling two more batsmen, while Wakeling was also not to be denied, producing a superb inswinging delivery to remove Jon Mapp, reducing the hosts to 34-5 after 16 overs.
A small partnership was then formed as young Ryan Patel dug in and captain Liam Flanagan mixed defence with attack.
But, with the score on 73, debutant Bowles made his mark, taking a superb catch at slip to remove Patel. Off-spinner Sam Holmes induced a thick edge that looped up off keeper Mike Collins' pad and looked like it was going to drop to safety, but Bowles dived forwards and held on to a sharp catch.
Another 30-odd-run partnership followed, but it was broken by highly unusual means.
Searching for a breakthrough, Parrott introduced leg-spinner Gibbs to the attack, but, unbeknown to his captain and most of the rest of the team, Gibbs instead decided to bowl medium pace.
But, before anyone could question his decision, the visitors were celebrating as Holmes hung on to a spectacular catch at short cover, giving Gibbs a wicket with his first ball of the season.
New keeper Collins then produced a very good piece of work to stump Kamran Khan after Wakeling bowled one down the leg side, before the 15-year-old left-armer straightened his line to bowl Fawad Anis.
Pike finished off the innings by clipping the top of Richard Woolland's off stump to complete a very satisfactory bowling and fielding performance.
In reply, Camberley opened with Gibbs and James Harrison, but got off to a stumbling start as the latter left a straight one and was bowled by Khan for two.
That brought Holmes to the crease, and he wasted little time asserting himself as he struck five fours and a six in an innings that towered over all that came before it and most that came after.
Gibbs made a positive start to his innings but became bogged down and ultimately fell chasing a wide delivery, only succeeding in scewing a catch to point for nine.
Parrott came in at four, and, despite a slow start which included him being on three off 33 balls, the new skipper kicked on as the two of them made the first and only fifty partnership of the match.
With the score on 82-2, the visitors would have hoped to close out the game without alarm, but Anis made sure that wasn't the case as he produced a spell of highly unpredictable bowling to spark chaos in the Camberley changing room.
Despite bowling at least seven wides in his seven-over spell, he also came up with numerous jaffas to remove four of Camberley's middle order, beginning with Holmes in his first over.
Parrott's run-rate had increased dramatically after the introduction of Woolland, but the young spinner ultimately gained revenge as he held on to a very good return catch to turn up the pressure on the away side.
Nick Kempton also succumbed to Woolland before Anis took centre-stage. He removed both debutants Collins and Bowles before they'd troubled the scorers, before also taking care of Cooles for eight, as Camberley collapsed to 117-8.

Still needing 17 to win, Morris and Pike adopted very different styles in their efforts to get the runs. With 13 overs remaining, the latter chose to play straight and patient, while the former looked to attack at every turn.
It was a formula which worked in the end as Morris clubbed Patel to the mid-wicket boundary to wrap up the game and complete a win that was slightly more nervy than it could have been.

It was a win which took Camberley top of the table as no other match was completed, which should serve as a boost going into this week's home game against newly-promoted Sanderstead.