1st XI

Cam 1st XI 193-3 beat Gloucester A.I.W 1st XI 191-8 by 7 wickets

A well-paced run chase saw Cam run out victors by 7 wickets at home to Gloucester A.I.W. Captain Ryan Malpass opted to field first and opening bowlers George Dolling and Alex Atkinson kept things tight early on and came close to finding the breakthrough. Atkinson took the first wicket as wicketkeeper Nick England took a sharp catch behind the stumps to leave the away side on 40-1 after 10 overs.

Pete Hall was brought into the attack and kept the scoring to a minimum and the pressure told as a misjudged single saw Fadra run out by Atkinson for 23. The pace of Chris Browning saw Khalid bowled for 28 before Jake Dolbear’s spin accounted for Uzair Saleh as he skied a catch to Dolling and departed for 24.

Solid contributions from the away side’s middle order pushed their score past 150 but Cam fought back as Ahmedi Saleh (18) was safely caught by first team debutant Lewis Baker off the bowling of Dolbear. Browning found further success to collect two more wickets through catches from Malpass and Dolbear as he finished with 3-30 from 7 overs. Atkinson picked up Cam’s eighth wicket in the final over as he finally broke Shaikh’s resistance, trapping him LBW for 42 with Gloucester A.I.W finishing on 191-8 from their 40 overs.

Cam’s reply began solidly with Alex Ballard and Nick England safely negotiating the opening overs. Ballard was the more aggressive of the two as he accelerated to 22 before chipping a simple catch to cover off the bowling of Veshmia. Malpass soon followed Ballard back to the dressing room as a risky single saw him run out, despite a valiant dive.

With the score on 50-2, Sam Buck joined England at the crease and the pair batted well in tandem as they ran hard to turn ones into twos and put the occasional bad ball away to the boundary. The pair kept the scoring rate in check and batted for more than 25 overs as they made their way towards the target.

England was given a life after passing 50, as he was dropped in the covers, but managed to refocus as the partnership passed 100. Some tight bowling towards the end of the innings made things difficult for the home side, and the pressure told as Buck was bowled for 45 in the final over to leave 4 runs required from 3 balls.

An important single from Jake Dolbear got England back on strike before England clipped the penultimate delivery to the boundary to see Cam home with 1 ball and 7 wickets to spare. The opening batsman finished unbeaten on 84 as Cam collected 21 points for their efforts.