1st XI

Captain – Ryan Malpass

Cam 1st XI 224-9 beat Cindeford St John 1st XI 167-10 by 57 runs

Cam registered their first win of the season in Gloucestershire County League Division 2, after last week’s disappointing defeat to Lydney, as they comfortably overcame Cinderford St John by 57 runs.

On a glorious day, Cam captain Ryan Malpass opted to bat first and the decision looked to be vindicated as Alex Ballard and Nick England got Cam off to a solid start. England reached 20 before he edged behind to leave the score on 59-1.

A couple of quick wickets saw the home side come back into the contest as Malpass and Jake Dolbear fell cheaply. Sam Buck and Ben Dolbear contributed 14 a piece to provide able support to Ballard who had by this point reached his half century despite struggling with a sore back.

Ballard was now well set and started to find the boundary with increasing regularity as he pushed towards three figures. With the milestone in sight, Ballard went on the attack and consecutive boundaries saw him raise the bat for his maiden first team century, to the delight of his teammates.

George Dolling (15) helped Ballard push the Cam total past 200 and, with a late flurry of boundaries, Cam finished their 40 overs on 224-9 with Ballard carrying his bat for a brilliant unbeaten 136 from 104 balls with 20 fours and 2 sixes. The pick of the bowlers for Cinderford was Andrew Cottrell who claimed 4-44.

Cam’s bowling effort got off to an ideal start as Alex Atkinson made the breakthrough in the second over as Simon Gwynne edged behind for 5. From there, fellow opening bowler George Dolling took centre stage as he had Mark House caught behind and trapped Edward Ruck LBW. Dolling soon had his third as Jack Weaving was safely pouched by Malpass as he drove aerially straight to cover.

Dolling continued his fine afternoon as a false stroke by Matt Jackson was caught at the second attempt by Chris Browning at mid-on to leave Cinderford in a perilous position. Dolling had his fifth soon after as Jonathon Bowdler was caught by Ben Dolbear at first slip, before Josh Edwards was clean bowled to leave Dolling with career best figures of 6-20 from 8 overs, with 4 maidens for good measure.

Jake Dolbear was brought into the attack and soon had Daniel Kibble caught by Dolling on the boundary as Cinderford slumped to 61-8. To the home side’s credit, they didn’t throw in the towel and staged a spirited fightback through Jordan Warren (48*), Mark Roberts (30) and Cottrell (26). Roberts was caught by Malpass off the bowling of Jake Dolbear and Cottrell was caught by Atkinson off the bowling of Ben Holloway to secure a comfortable victory for Cam.