Cam 1st XI 238-4 beat Rockhampton 2nd XI 193-9 by 45 runs
Cam secured their fourth successive victory as captain Ryan Malpass struck a century to lift his side to second in Gloucestershire County Cricket League Division 2.
Having lost the toss for the first time this season, Cam were asked to bat first on what was a wet and chilly day. Alex Ballard got off the mark with a six but miscued a shot soon after to be dismissed for 15. Nick England was joined by Malpass at the crease and the pair played conservatively as they took time to adjust to the tricky batting conditions.
At the halfway stage Cam had reached 68-1, but with plenty of wickets in hand, the pair knew they had set the platform for a push towards a decent total. The pair took 70 from the next 10 overs as they both passed 50 before Malpass accelerated away and found regular boundaries as he went on the attack.
Nick England departed for a well crafted and patient 63, his third consecutive half century of the season, before yet another Malpass boundary saw him reach his century just before a brief rain delay halted Cam’s progress. Malpass was bowled immediately after the resumption for 103, a brilliant knock which contained 16 fours and 1 six.
Jake Dolbear and Ben Dolbear continue Cam’s assault on the Rockhampton bowling attack as both made quickfire runs to push Cam past 200. Ben Dolbear was dismissed for 22 but Jake Dolbear finished unbeaten on 21 along with Pete Hall (5*). Cam finished their 40 overs on 238-4 with the late onslaught seeing the home side take exactly 100 runs from the final 10 overs of the innings.
With an imposing total on the board, Cam’s new ball pair of George Dolling and Alex Atkinson went on the hunt for early wickets, and it was Atkinson that found them as he had Beale caught by Jake Dolbear for 9 before bowling Collins for 19 in the 12th over to leave Rockhampton on 53-2.
Cam’s spin bowling pair of Jake Dolbear and Pete Hall did well to stifle the run scoring throughout the middle overs to effectively extinguish any real hope the away side had of chasing down the total. A run out by Malpass saw the back of Twemlow for 21 and, while some tough catches were dropped in the outfield, Alex Ballard took a comfortable one on the boundary to give Dolbear a deserved wicket.
Many of Rockhampton’s batsmen made starts but couldn’t kick on, with the exception of opening batsman White, who was the standout performer as he made 60 before being bowled in the 34th over by Jonny Hayward on his first team league debut for Cam.
A procession of wickets fell towards the end of the innings as Chris Browning collected two through catches from Ben Dolbear and Hayward, before completing a run out of his own. Hayward collected the ninth wicket to fall through a catch on the boundary by Atkinson, before the final pair decided to bat out the remaining few overs as Cam ran out victorious by 45 runs.