2010 1st XI Match reports

28-08-10 - HOME TO RAMSEY

Camden 155 ALL OUT, Ramsey 122 ALL OUT - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

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Nassington 207 ALL OUT, Camden 208 for 2 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

After an 11-week residency at Pembroke, Camden checked out with a 10th home win – by 8 wickets over Nassington – to maintain a 51 point lead at the top of the Tucker Premier League. Second placed Wisbech are the only side to have escaped without defeat, and that was to hang on, 9 wickets down, for a draw. Camden's unbreakable home record was only rivalled by groundsman Trevor Munns' windows, standing up to a mammoth maximum from Matt Thomas.

Captain, and media “tough guy”, Alex Mutucumarana won the toss and didn't hesitate to have a bowl in inviting conditions, and it wasn't long before both of the visiting openers were back in the hutch. There followed a dogged 71 run partnership between Phil Slinn and Daniel Robinson during which the home side struggled with the wind and the inevitable comedown from the intensity of the previous two weeks. A number of catches were dropped and Martin Burton, in particular, struggled with the windswept conditions. It takes more than bowling into a headwind to wipe the grin from Smiling Assassin Charlie Walker-Smith's face, however, and along with Simon Gardner and Keith Vincent he took three wickets as Nassington were eventually bowled out for 207 in the 47th over. Matt Thomas took the other wicket to fall and doughnut fan Guy Skinner, in for 'keeper James Heywood, snaffled two catches; Harry Chappell top scored for the visitors with an impressive 63 not out.

Nigel Gadsby swapped reaping runs for more traditional harvesting duties, so Will Sutton returned from 5 weeks out with a gammy achilles to open with Dip Basu – the pair putting on 76 before the latter was run out for 31. Sutton, having hit an unprecedented six, fell shortly after for 34, leaving Matt Thomas and Keith Vincent to battle it out for chauffeur duties. Thomas (56 not out) raced to fifty first, but Vincent employed some Gadsbyesque farming of the strike to finish unbeaten on 70 – thus avoiding the dreaded drive home.

For all his efforts this season, thanks must go to Munnsy who cemented his reputation as the host with the most by supplying the post-match beers.

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Match report - Will Sutton


Godmanchester 134 ALL OUT, Camden 135 for 1 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

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07-08-10 - HOME TO WISBECH

Camden 212 for 6, Wisbech 187 for 9 - RESULT - MATCH DRAWN

Camden were on top of their game as they took on some of the best that the local competition had to offer at 'The Castle Ground' on Regent Street. Captain Mutucumarana, as ever, led the charge with some cavalier footwork, and intial support came from Wells and Heywood, though the keeper's innings didn't really get going until 'A Message to You Rudi' was sent out to him by the 12th man. The Kiwi pairing of Thomas and Vincent then entered the fray, and Vincent in particular played some great shots against some of the South Australian 1st change bowling. Heywood and Mutucumarana however were more content to let the deliveries go through to the keeper. The humidity was high and the ball did plenty, but Vincent remained calm and completed a magnificent innings by smashing one right down Mill Road. Thanks should go to Sam Booka and Jay Maester for the provision for the evening's refreshments and for Umpires Greene King and Cor Ona.

Anyway, on to the actual cricket. Wisbech came to Pembroke College Cricket Ground to face top of the table Camden in a must win game for the fenland team. As befitting of a top of table clash, the best umpires were rolled out for the occassion. I hope you can detect the irony in that statement. The officials were however consistent and both sides were frustrated at having to create in excess of 15 chances to complete the job in hand.

Wisbech understandably inserted the home team in humid and muggy conditions and got an early wicket as soon as left armer Sam Brandon came round the wicket. Keith Vincent and Gadsby (ever aware of a potential harvesting call) blunted the attack, but never got totally on top of the bowling. Vincent nicked off for 14 and brought a clean hitting Matt Thomas (32) to the crease, whom in concert with the local farmer (whom was still looking wistfully into his memory bank from last week's visit to the Castle) put on 68 for the 4th wicket. Further 30-odd partnerships between Gadsby and Captain Mutu and latterly Tom Osborn took the score up to 176. A late cameo from Keeper Heywood got Camden up to the much needed 200 and in the last over Gadsby reached a well deserved round 100.

In reply, Wisbech started solidly and found themselves at 59-2 with the big men Gary Freear and James Williams at the crease. Freear (59) played with his usual class as Williams initially found life difficult as he faced Martin Burton and on one occassion could have justifiably been given out three times in one over. I remind the reader of information provided above that may explain why he remained at the crease. After Freear fell, wickets began to tumble as slow bowlers Burton (3-50) and Vincent (4-49) really took a grip of the game on a track offering much for the spinner. Williams (47) fell in the 46th over, leaving 3 overs at the final pair. A wet ball however made life difficult for the spinners and eventually Wisbech held on for 189-9.

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Match report - James Heywood

31-07-10 - HOME TO MARCH

Camden 210 for 8, March 126 ALL OUT - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

It's as you were at the top of Tucker 1 with Camden and their next two opponents, Wisbech and Goddy, each bagging a maximum 30 points. Camden, the division's only unbeaten side, warmed up for a season-defining fortnight with a convincing defeat of March. For opposing teams, Camden victories have been an all-too common occurrence this season, but this one featured two much rarer sightings. Firstly, Dip Basu – his wagon-wheel hitherto consisting of a series of spokes in the third man region – scored runs in front of square; secondly, and perhaps more alarmingly, Nigel Gadsby was permitted to bowl an over. Had he finally convinced someone that this was his wicket, as he has claimed before each game, or did it just enable Martin Burton to change ends? The rarities weren't just restricted to the field: the usually shy and retiring Morse was reportedly spotted in the Red Bull after the match.

That Camden are top of the league is a victory for an attacking brand of cricket. Attacking fields have been commonplace, and captain Mutucumarana and the Camden brains trust haven't been shy in dangling the odd carrot in front of the opposition. 211 to win in 52 overs was a sizeable carrot for the Fenland side, but also gave the home side plenty of time to take all 10 wickets – something that had proved tricky against the same opposition earlier in the season. Pembroke, under bowler-friendly skies, is not the same as a road at March, however, and once Simon Gardner had removed the prolific Matt Wilcox, the visitors were bundled out for 126 in the 37th over. Wickets were shared around as had been the case with runs earlier when most batsmen contributed to a healthy run-rate and a decent score. Only Tom Osbourn went on to reach 50, and his partnership of 68 with Matt Thomas rescued the innings from a precarious 58-4.

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Match report - Wil.i.am Sutton

24-07-10 - HOME TO KHALSA

Khalsa 123 ALL OUT, Camden 127 for 6 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

'When the skipper is away, the lower order will play (badly)'

Camden learnt a valuable lesson against the enigmatic Castor based outift last Saturday; don't let Charlie Walker-Smith bat anywhere but 11. In the absence of Alex 'Looking Fit' Mutucumarana, Matthew Thomas and others from the top order took the decision to slide down to give those down the other end of the list a go chasing a very meagre 124 for victory. Once the opening pair of Guy Skinner (31) and Dip Basu were dismissed, things went very badly however as Camden found themselves collectively hitting the panic button at 94-6. Some good fortune however allowed Skipper Thomas and 'opener' Gadsby to see the team home for yet another win in the Tucker-Gardner Premier league 1.

Earlier, things had gone much more according to plan as the bowlers totally dominated the opposition. Both Martin Burton (4-20) and Charlie Walker-Smith (4-26) were in excellent form and the batsmen could only block the behind off it. Only wicket-keeper Heywood struggled as he missed a stumping off Burton and allowed 8 byes through in an otherwise solid fielding display. The tall Captain Darling look alike has a fortnight off now to really go away and think about what he has done.

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Match report - James Heywood

17-07-10 - HOME TO FOXTON

Foxton 187 for 7, Camden 188 for 4 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Foxton continued their 'Up and Down, Up and Down' season as they were soundly beaten by Camden at Pembroke CCG by 6 wickets. In stark contrast to the previous weeks' weather, Camden found themselves in the field in positively Baltic conditions. Foxton began much brighter than the surronding skies and found themselves at 42 without loss. The double strike in as many overs from the smiling assassin Walker-Smith and local business tycoon Gardner brought Camden back into the running. From this point onwards, Foxton struggled to score as the desired rate and found themselves at 151-7, Max Bowen (51*) being the only batsmen to apply himself. An 8th wicket partnership between captain Dennis Sabey and Jeffrey Douglas, who was sporting a very fetching 'Parramatta' t-shirt boosted the total to 181-7. Wickets were shared around, with Walker-Smith, Burton and Matt Thomas all picking up 2-fors, with Garnder the solitary wicket of Attwell, though the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant will claim two as he had the West Indian caught and stumped in the same delivery. Keeper Heywood was quick to ensure that stand-in scorer Ed Hyde was to enter it as stumped.

In reply, Camden found themselves a spot of bother after yet another opening partnership of over 50, going from 57-0 to 64-3. Enter captain Alex Mutucumarana, who to everyone's surprise did not appear to be looking quite as fit as he was earlier in the season. He and Keith Vincent put on 46 for the 4th wicket before the captain was also dismissed by the ever increasingly bizarre Antonnel Atwell. A 78 run 5th wicket partnership from keeper James Heywood (32*) and Keith Vincent (70*) steered the home team over the line. Heywood's innings was a particularly enjoyable one; Despite a a public school and Cambridge Unviersity education, the wicket keeper hit only one scoring shot on the off-side, which itself was a thick edge through third man. Keith Vincent meanwhile took the opposition's advice and 'saved his legs', scoring 48 in boundaries.

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Match report - James Heywood

10-07-10 - HOME TO SAWSTON

Camden 246 (2) Declared, Sawston 215 ALL OUT - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Camden continued their wonderful form in the Tucker Premier 1 as they defeated Sawston by 31 runs at Pembroke College Cricket Ground. A magnificent unbeaten 109 from Nigel Gadsby gave the hosts a great platform with which to set up a declaration at 246-2 off 42 overs. The veteran agriculturalist was ably supported once again by fellow opener Will Sutton, together putting on 107 for the first wicket. Keith Vincent added 72 with the former Soviet Premier look-alike and skillfully avoided a jug by 2 runs. Matt Thomas helped the total up with a mostly arial 38.

Runs were difficult to come by for Sawston as captain Mutu handed the old ball to the spinners, with Burton taking the first wicket to fall. The seamers returned with the new conker and Walker-Smith added to his season tally with the wickets of Benson and former Histon team-mate Will Lawton. Sean Savage (71) batted beautifully but only rarely managed to extract any help from his team mates and put on a meaningful partnership. Once Savage was out, closely followed by captain Adam Ellis, Sawston looked like capitulating. All credit however must be given to Aaron Pledger (40) and Matthew Bradford (14) for their positive outlook as they took the socre to over 200.

With the score at 214-9 and one more over left, tension was high. However, a suicidal run looked set to give Camden the well earned 30 points. A monumental panic button pressing session ensued as keeper Heywood dislodged the bails as he went to collect a regualtion throw and bungled the opportunity. To his and his team mates' relief the very next ball resulted in a stumping chance which was not wasted, bringing Heywood's innings tally to 6 dismissals. Both Charlie Walker-Smith and Martin Burton ended up with 4 wickets apiece - terrific efforts on a flat pitch.

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Abington 130 ALL OUT, Camden 131 for 1 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Another crushing victory by the Camden 1st XI as they bulldozed through the Abington middle-lower order after some initial resistance from former Camden man Dave Pimblett (43). The only blip in an otherwise decent performance in the field was Gadsby's dropped catch at second slip. Theories as to the reason behind the aberration include failure to tuck his ears into his cap, as has been standard for this season, but the hot favourite is that he was looking the other way - see http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Sport/Cricket/Vincent-and-Burton-lay-foundations-for-Camden.htm

It was the spinners who did the damage after Charlie Walker-Smith took the first wicket; Keith vincent taking 5-36 and Martin Burton 4-37. In reply, the top 3 once again saw the home side to victory with ease; Nigel Gadasby this time taking the plaudits making 64 not out.

Quote of the day - "I say, you blokes are plunging new depths when it comes to lack of competition on a Saturday" George Pearson

Catch of the day - Matthew Thomas - to dismiss Abington captain David Pimblett off the bowling of Keith Vincent - a diving take low to the ground as the batsman attempted another big hit over long off.

Tan of the day - Jointly won by James Heywood and Will Sutton. Both were so keen not to embarrass their team mates with their Bondi Bronze that they kept themselves under wraps all day. James Heywood also narrowly missed out on the muscle mass prize, coming a very close second behind Abington number 3 batsmen Harry Randall in the Bicep category.

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Match report - James Heywood

26-06-10 - HOME TO GRANTA

Granta 178 for 9, Camden 179 for 2 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

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19-06-10 - HOME TO FORDHAM

Fordham 90 ALL OUT, Camden 94 for 0 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Writing this report retrospectively in the middle of a heat-wave, it is hard to believe that Camden's defeat of newly-promoted Fordham was seriously threatened by rain.
The scorecard appears to show a straightforward ten-wicket win, but those who frantically scanned league handbooks and struggled with Duckworth-Lewis style calculations can point to another side to the story. As well as Camden played, winning the toss, and the efforts of the groundstaff (Tom Osbourn?) were equally vital to wrapping up a victory before the weather could intervene.
Matt Thomas (4-27) and Martin Burton (4-6) were the stars with the ball, before Nigel Gadsby (49*) and Will Sutton (39*) resumed their fruitful opening partnership to see Camden home to a sixth consecutive win.

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Match report - Will Sutton

12-06-10 - HOME TO RAMSEY

Camden 216 for 8, Ramsey 169 ALL OUT - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Camden took a deserved jump to the top of the table this week after a well earned and comprehensive victory over Ramsey. Once again, Matthew Thomas spearheaded the bowling attack with another fine display of swing bowling, taking 5-45. It was a tremendous team effort once again however that put the home side (yes, that's right, Camden played their first home game after completing 'The Cricketers' Guide to the Fens' - a steamy romp through the barren, marshy and eccentric landscape of East Anglia that can be found at all good bookshops) in a good position at half-time Camden finishing on 216-8. Dip Basu led the way with a well crafted 59, guiding the ball effortlessly through every gap in the slip cordon of the full face of the bat and once again he was able to continue the good work by all opening stands this season - he and Gadsby putting on 57 before the latter was run out. Further contributions from Tom Osborn (29) and Ed Pearson (27) kept the scoreboard ticking, though one felt that Ramsey's strategy of setting typically one-day fields from relatively early in the innings counted against them in the long run.

Gadsby's anger at being run out spilled into tea time as he continued his ranting form from 2009 - Trevor Munns' ill-pouring teapots coming under particular scrutiny this time around. Nonetheless, Camden started well in the field with the old ball - Matt Thomas claiming the first two after some tight work from the other end by the ever effervescent Burton (2-32). At 47-4 Ramsey were in serious trouble, but a handy 5th wicket partnership of 63 between David Carlaw and captain Leighton Gilbert regained Ramseys interest. Returning captain Mutucumarana very much learnt from his week touring Dublin witht the MCC as he firstly dropped down to 9, then proceeded to bowl 3 overs for 31 in a gentlemanly attempt to bring the opposition bak into the game - huzzah! Two wickets in two balls from Messrs Thomas and Walker-Smith, the latter by a very good catch at mid-on by Dip Basu ensured the initiative returned very much to Camden. Bar some clean hitting from an impressive Michael Kay, Ramsey eventually lost their way and were bundled out for 169.

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Match report - James Heywood


Wisbech 76 ALL OUT, Camden 77 for 2 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Deprived of captain, wicket keeper and opening bowler, Camden took to the road for the last time before returning to Fortress Pembroke looking to preserve an unbeaten record with a sixth away win. Having lost the toss and taken the field in sweltering conditions, this could have been under serious threat. That an 8-wicket win was comfortably secured is testament to the confidence, team spirit and ability within this year's First XI.

After a sedate start, Nassington's innings came to life (or began to die?) with stand-in skipper Matt Thomas bagging two wickets in two balls - the first gave Tom Osborn the first of his three catches, while the second was clung on to by the diving 17-year-old debutant Guy Skinner, ably deputising James Heywood behind the sticks. Charlie Walker-Smith got good carry from the far end to curtail a promising start from Nassington's opener, and then appeared to have Dhanuskha de Saram (he of the 140-odd from 70-odd balls) caught behind. Reprieved by the umpire, the Sri Lankan went on to top score with 53 before becoming one of Keith Vincent's four victims. In temperament and trajectory, the Kiwi off-break bowler is a far from identical spin-twin for Martin Burton (2-55), but the two bowled brilliantly in tandem to restrict the home side to a score that was made to look way under-par. Walker-Smith returned with a Nick Wells-inspired slower ball to close Nassington's innings on 162.

Aided by a bulging extras column, opening pair Nigel Gadsby and Will Sutton again prospered. 88 had been added when Sutton (24) was well caught at backward square leg. Vincent joined Gadsby and struck 22 before being clean bowled, leaving the soon-to-be Cambridgeshire over-50s man to finish 71 not out, and Tom Osborn to hit the winning boundary.

All in all another comprehensive victory; excellent with bat and ball and, on a demanding outfield, in the field. Debts of gratitude must be paid to Did Not Feature pair Ed Pearson and Alex Raha - the latter especially who fought traffic and hangover to make it.

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Match report - Will Sutton

29-05-10 - AWAY TO SAWSTON


22-05-10 - AWAY TO WISBECH

Wisbech 76 ALL OUT, Camden 77 for 2 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Camden continued their tremendous run of form as they obliterated their top of the table rivals Wisbech by 8 wickets. In an area famed for its production of root vegetables, most notably the carrot, it was the vistors who demonstrated the keenest vision as they sliced through the Wisbech batting and boiled them up for a meagre helping of 76. Matt Thomas was once again the head chef with a fine display of swing bolwing, this time taking 6-34, his fourth five-wicket haul in consequetive weeks. Galley slave Gardner was left to toil away for a single wicket before off spinner Vincent came on to wash up with 3-10, the latter of which all coming via full tosses in his first three deliveries. A superb catching display and sharp ground fielding, transformed from the previous week and led by captain Mutucumarana ensured the home team could not take advantage of what was in essence a decent wicket.

In reply, Camden had few alarms in chasing down the total, and things looked even easier when Thomas returned to the field of play to overtake Keith Vincent and cap off all round display by hitting 35 in quick time, claiming the man of the match award and ensuring he didn't have to drive home. The early finish was greatly appreciated, not least by the Burton family; Martin sidling off for a dinner date and Mr. and Mrs. Burton gaining that much needed head start in their battle to avoid being bundled into a ditch by Simon Gardener on the Chatteris Road.

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Match report - James Heywood

15-05-10 - AWAY TO MARCH

Camden 251 for 7, March 162 ALL OUT - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Camden consolidated their position behind Wisbech near the top of the Tucker Premier 1 with a fantastic team effort against March at the county ground. Chasing 251 for victory, the home team fell 89 runs short after Charlie Walker-Smith took the final wicket late on in the May sunshine. That he did so was extraordinary in itself, the bowler having at least 4 (it was probably more) catches dropped off his bowling. As it happened, he went down the safe route and ruled out any possible intervention by a fielder and cleaned up the last wicket with a beautiful leg cutter

To get to that stage was due in no small part to another fine spell by Matt Thomas (6-56), once again working on the principle of ‘you miss, I hit’ – 5 of his scalps coming via the bowled/lbw mode. It was just as well really, as nobody seemed all that interested in catching anything. Various theories include the nature of the wicket – the first proper cricket strip of the season catching unwary slip fielders with extra bounce, but the more popular was the arrival of the new team kit. So eager were players to get value for their money that they were wearing every item available, rendering them immobile at the crucial moment. Keith Vincent bowled well also for two wickets. All this occurred after March were over 100-1 – making it a collapse of quite catastrophic proportions and a fantastic show of persistence and team spirit from Camden.

Earlier, all members of the top 7 contributed to making the highest Camden total of the season, and with overs to spare. Will Sutton and Nigel Gadsby got the side off to a great start, compiling over 70 for the first wicket. Sutton eventually went on to 52 before handing over the reins to Keith Vincent (56) and Captain Moots (40). The innings was beautifully finished off by the in form Nick Wells and some big hitting from Martin Burton – the latter launching two vast sixes in the direction of the pavilion, including one of the OAP head splitting variety.

Camden complete their Fenland tour this Saturday against all conquering Wisbech. Catching will certainly need to be improved before this visit, as will it be necessary for batsmen to go on to make bigger scores after making starts.

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Match report - James Heywood

08-05-10 - AWAY TO KHALSA


01-05-10 - AWAY TO FOXTON

Foxton 119 ALL OUT, Camden 120 for 2 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN


Nigel Gadsby exchanged his regular arable farming practice for the dairy approach as he sqeezed his way to a fine 60 not out, leading Camden to an 8 wicket win against Foxton with barely a (milk) maiden in sight. The former Cambs man wasted no time in guiding Camden to their victory target of 120, completing the task in 30 overs, though it became apparent that a 60s disco in The White Horse was the primary reason for his haste.

Earlier, a very fit looking Camden captain Mutucumarana won his second consequetive toss and inserted the home team on a very juicy looking strip - overnight rain turing the surface into a putting green. Camden beat the bat early but could not find any edges. Simon Gardner kept it as tight as a Gadsby hand around the Foxton udder, but it was a brilliant piece of fielding that catalysed the initial Foxton collapse. Fine spells of bowling from Matt Thomas and Keith Vincent reduced Foxton to 49-6, but a 65 run 7th wicket partnership between Jeffrey Douglas and Tyler Deas, aided by a calamitous fielding event involving keeper Heywood and Nick Wells. With all eyes up on a potential skier, Heywood clashed with the short leg fielder to create two loud thuds - one as he fell to earth and the other as the ball did the same. Alas, Martin Burton broke the partnership with another skied catch, with Tom Osborn making no mistake to take his season's tally to five catches. Gardner mopped up the tail and got his just rewards for his earlier miserliness with a blistering spell of 3 for spit of 15 balls.

Camden now lie second behind all conquering Wisbech as they face three Fenland road trips, beginning at Khalsa this Saturday.

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Match report - James Heywood


Camden 180 ALL OUT, Godmanchester 157 for 8 - RESULT - MATCH DRAWN

Things would prove to be a little trickier for Camden; if the previous week was potentially against one of the league’s bottom sides, this week against Godmanchester would be against one of the top. Recently crowned indoor 6-aside champions and raring to gain promotion back to the EAPL this would prove to be a tough assignment. However, with the exception of the second hour, Camden had much the better of the contest. Gritty batting again from Will Sutton and the Graeme Hick look-alike Gadsby took the score along into the 40s. A tumble of wickets changed the complexion of the match however, and Camden were sitting dangerously on 65-5. A captain’s knock from Alex Mutucumarana and hearty contributions from the lower-middle lower, especially from Nick Wells (23) helped Camden up to 180. Paul Swannell and James Cowan were the pick of the home seamers, though the left armer Cowan deserved more than his solitary wicket.

The newly realigned Charlie Walker-Smith kicked off Camden’s reply with the ball and got the ball to move around. It was Simon Gardner however who took the first wicket, extracting the not insignificant presence of Taylor West, last year’s batting star for the home team. A dangerous 2nd wicket partnership of 63 between keeper Michael Cafferty and Wayne Bradley made life difficult for Camden, though tight spells from Simon Gardner and Walker-Smith caused the latter’s downfall, Bradley running down the wicket and missing one too many deliveries. Skipper Swannell showed his usual determination, but it was the introduction of Matt Thomas that turned the match very much in Camden’s favour. His 5-40 took Camden within a whisker of victory, however the solid efforts of Chris Bollom (21*) ensured that a draw was the final result. On balance, Camden can take the bragging rights, though both sides left the contest with equal points.

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Match report - James Heywood


Abington 97 ALL OUT, Camden 99 for 3 - RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

Camden began their Tucker Premier 1 season with a clinical performance against recently promoted Abington. The newcomers were unusually lacking in enthusiasm and gusto and their performance reflected this. Whilst it took a while for the first wicket to fall, not aided by a wayward Walker-Smith, wickets tumbled at regular intervals after keeper Heywood flopped in front of first slip to turn what should have been a regulation edge into a stunning one-handed diving effort (though only to the uninitiated). He later blamed the poor footwork on the many miles he spent walking around Paris on his honeymoon, though naturally his team mates had other suggestions on a related theme. Wickets were shared around by Simon Gardner (3), Martin Burton (2), Keith Vincent (3) and Matt Thomas (2).
The pick of the bowlers was surely Keith Vincent on debut with 3-13, bowling tight off-breaks on a wicket that offered him much assistance. Only Charlie Walker-Smith struggled, though considering that his top half was pointing towards Sawston and his lower half towards Fulbourn, this was hardly surprising. The catching was supreme, Tom Osborn taking three blinders, two of which at sill point to help Keith Vincent. Matt Thomas was the pick of the seamers, though was desperately unlucky only to find two edges in his spell.

In pursuit of the Abington’s 98, Will Sutton and Nigel Gadsby built a solid foundation, despite prodigious movement from the home seamers. Will Sutton provided the anchor as he finished on 34 not out, with Gadsby providing 21. Later, veteran Gadsby rolled back the years with a marvellous pink shirt as he scooted off to Bury St Edmunds for a party

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Match report - James Heywood