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.

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