2012 1st XI Match reports

In a slight change to last year there will be the captains view on the game followed a report by James Heywood with his unique brand of cricket reporting, enjoy.

25-08-12 - AWAY TO WISBECH

March 259 for 5, Camden 33 ALL OUT. RESULT - WISBECH WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

"The worst day I have had on a cricket field" is the only way I can describe Wisbech's comprehensive victory which puts them in with a shout of winning the league for the first time.9.
With bad weather in the air it was a surprise that Wisbech wanted to bat first and even more of a shock that they did not declare to give themselves a chance of bowling us out before the thunder and lightning turned into heavy rain. But the rain didn't come and Camden were not able to bat for the required 36 overs.

The day didn't start well with Tom Wilson, who was making his debut, having to be removed from the field splitting the webbing on his little finger taking a catch at cow corner. Camden did reasonably well with 10 fielders, with Phil Edwards the pick of the bowlers bowling 16 overs 1 for 51. Keith Vincent and Charlie Walker Smith picked up a wicket each, but Andy Brown proved useful with the ball again bowling 12 overs in a period of the game when Wisbech were looking to accelerate and picked up 2 for 64.

With Camden seemingly determined not to let Wisbech win the game in 36 overs and the innings starting at 5.45pm, openers Andy Haines and Guy Skinner walked to the crease with purpose, but within 6 overs both had been removed. Alex Mutucumarana managed to bat for 50 minutes for 10 runs before being the final wicket to fall.

There's only one way to go after a day like this one..

Next week... another title hopeful Sawston. Fingers crossed we play better than we did today.

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

There will not be a ‘WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ACCORING TO JAMES HEYWOOD’ this week as the author has been sent to the gulags of Siberia as penance his role in the 226 run whopping by Wisbech. There, he will excavate several hundred times his own body mass in rock (still not all that much), be forced to bath in icy waters and eat gravel.

Match report - James Heywood

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18-08-12 - AWAY TO MARCH

March 187 ALL OUT, Camden 131 ALL OUT. RESULT - MARCH WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

Steve Seymour came to England a few years ago to play some English league cricket for March and with some success. A few weeks ago he came to England for a holiday following some success playing grade cricket and taking a 6 for against Sri Lanka and offered his services to March Town once again. The Australian proved he's come on with a hundred against Saffron Walden, and 6 for 12 against St Ives including a hattrick. Not to be outdone he went one better taking four wickets in four balls in a spell of bowling that finished after 7 overs 5 for 29.
Having called incorrectly, Camden were quickly put into the 31 degree sunshine to field. Phil Edwards and Ben Barton, playing his first league game of the season, made a sound start despite not picking up an early wicket. Andy Brown and Keith Vincent came on to replace the openers and did not let up with Brown picking up the dangerous Seymour for 35 after the Australian looked well set after over an hour at the crease. Vincent bowled 16 overs on the trot and set good fields throughout his spell with a short boundary on one side and lots of left handers and right handers to contend with. Vincent finished with figures of 16 overs 4 for 49.

Barton replaced the off spinner for the final overs and bowled tightly and cleverly picking up two wickets for his efforts, while Brown (1 for 34) and Edwards (3 for 49) rotated at the pavilion end. With March bowled out for 187 in the 48th over, Camden were very happy with their efforts. They fielded well in the heat and kept the pressure on the home side throughout.

Camden made a decent start but with Skinner going early and Mutucumarana run out coming back for an unnecessary second run it was left to Haines and Vincent to repair the damage of a poor start. The pair put on 37 before Haines got a snorter from Seymour pitching middle and taking the top of off. Two overs later he reproduced the same ball to get rid of Vincent which started one of the more remarkable feats in Tucker Gardner Premier league history. A fiery yorker removed Kay, before Wells was dismissed with another 'pitched middle, hit off' delivery and then Heywood the last of the four in four with a beauty that squared the Camden keeper up a treat. Four wickets in four balls that all but sealed the victory for March.

When Al Russell went a few overs later to the left arm chinaman bowling of Ryan Meyer, then all seemed lost. But a partnership of 48 in 49 minutes between Andy Brown and Phil Edwards gave the away side hope before Meyer dismissed Brown for 17.

With Barton at the crease, Edwards decided to make a last gasp dash for the line, trying to finish the game in 6's. After hitting two to the short cow corner boundary he finally held out on the longer boundary, falling a few yards short from what was a massive hit by Carl Chapman earlier in the day.

This was a good game of cricket and were it not for a fantastic over from Steve Seymour could have been very different. Camden have four big games to end what has been a remarkable season made remarkable by the weather. With the weather set fair and on good tracks, Camden have an opportunity to finish strongly and have a massive bearing on where the trophy will end up in 2012. Next week sees Camden go to Wisbech who are nicely placed at 3rd in the table and 34 points off Foxton who are currently top.

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

Inspite of temperatures of 33 degrees, this was a dark day for Camden CC. Not even mentioning the events at Dry Drayton, the 1s fell to their 3rd defeat in 4 games as Iwearspecsoican Seymour quite quite literally obliterated the Camden middle order with 4 wickets in 4 balls. Vincent, Kay, Wells and Heywood, not to mention the earlier Haines were all bowled or lbw to the visiting Australian as he finished on figures of 5-28.

Earlier, Camden had acquitted themselves well in the field, despite a number of potentially confounding factors; The heat, half the team being late, Nick Wells warming up in bare feet & pissed, Nick Wells having the hump, Nick Wells kicking balls over the rope and the absence of Needanu Gardner and Toni Walker-Smith. Nevertheless, Barton and Brown acquitted themselves very well indeed, Brown in particular bowling an excellent length on a good March wicket.

It was Vinnie Chase however that was the pick of the bowlers (4-62), extracting at times some exaggerated turn and bounce as Heywood found life difficult behind the timbers, making his day not quite as bad as Wellsy's, though still rotten. The seamers shared the other wickets around, Brown & Phillipe Edwards capturing the prize wickets of Seymour & Meyer respectively. In reply, Andy Haines did his best to pay homage to the absent Gadsby with his white lid and along with Skinner and latterly Vincent (we will skip the skipper Newtu, his webbed feet making his running turn Heywood0-esque in its ineffectiveness) took the score to a manageable 68-3. Then, carnage was unleashed as Seymour-Hoffman, fresh from his latest stage role bowled with good pace and devilishly straight

Phillipe Edwards and Brown however negated the seamer's threat and put on 70-something for the 9th wicket, at one point just making everyone wonder whether a win was there for the taking. Alas, both were dismissed to leave the Mongooseless Barton stranded

Match report - James Heywood

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11-08-12 - AWAY TO KHALSA

Khalsa 130 ALL OUT, Camden 101 ALL OUT (revised target). RESULT - KHALSA WIN

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF CAPTAIN/JAMES HEYWOOD

In the absence of Mutu, Heywood took the Camden charges off to a place far far away to bury the demons of Khalsa 2011. Alas, all he managed to do was to breathe life back into said gremlins as Camden went down by 30 runs. Some say that this was bid to employ a tactic that many a lazy husband has with the washing up over the years: - do a crap job and you won’t be asked to do it again

Heywood’s worst fears were realised as he elected to bowl on a damp and green wicket and Edwards disappeared over cover and point for a number of boundaries as Khalsa raced to 27 – 0 off 3 – the Javed’s trying their utmost to dislocate every upper body joint imaginable. Eventually, parity was restored as the home team were reduced to 40-2 and again after the introduction of Vincent to 90-9, the big off spinner taking 5 for 35 off his 13 as a variety of Singhs came and went. A frustrating last wicket stand of 35 meant that Camden were unable to dismiss the home team, but 130 was still a very gettable total.

Tea was better than normal.

Russell and Skinner comfortably saw off the old ball bowling of Singh Snr Snr, the trebuchet actioned captain not having the same impact as last time. Javed too went wicketless as Camden made it to 40 without loss. The introduction of the new pill, Shakeitin Dahood and Water Butt claiming a wicket apiece, saw a brake to Camden’s progress but the 90 required looked little in doubt. Javed returned however and a collapse to match that on this ground a year ago ensued. Kay, Vincent, Wells, Heywood and Edwards all played horribly and Garder found himself in the only patch of quicksand in the Nene valley as he was run out by miles. Hoole, Walker-Smith and Owen were unable to undo their lack of handiwork and the game came to a miserable close very late.

Match report - James Heywood

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04-08-12 - HOME TO NASSINGTON

Nassington 82 ALL OUT, Camden 64 for 2 (revised target). RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

Simon Gardner (seen here batting) was able to put down his squash racket in time to take 5 wickets on a wicket that helped the seamers to help Camden get their season back on track and defeat a Nassington team that has been significantly strengthened in recent weeks.
Nassington won the toss and slightly strangely decided to bat in what was already a rain reduced game. Charlie Walker Smith and Phil Edwards wasted no time in getting into the game causing lots of problems for the two openers. But it was Alistair Russell who made the first breakthrough when he ran out Imran Khan. The left handed batsman tried to steal a single after striking the ball cleanly to the 14 year old. Alistair dived to his left picking the ball up one handed and threw the stumps down with only one stump to aim at the non strikers end.

With Phil Edwards getting no joy at the far end, Simon Gardner took over and was a handful. He got the ball to bounce and bowled a tight line and length moving the ball both ways in the air and off the pitch. With Gardner holding up one end, Walker Smith induced poor shots from Robinson and D Bandaranaike. Mutucumarana and Russell held two good catches to help the opening bowler out.

Edwards came on to replace Walker Smith at the pavilion end and immediately got the ball to do more and removed the dangerous Tanvir Afzal, who was playing for his 4th club in the area in just 2 seasons. Meanwhile Gardner toiled away at the other end and finished with figures of 13 overs, 5 for 16 including two fantastic stumpings from James Heywood who returned to the side having been on holiday the week before.

With the rain affecting proceedings at lunchtime, Camden had to sacrifice two batsman and had a reduced total of 62 to win. Guy Skinner and Nigel Gadsby got the chase to a good start scoring 18 runs off the first two overs with Skinner going at the end of the second over. Gadsby and Mutucumarana managed to keep the scoreboard ticking over and were 31 for 1 after four overs. The visiting side made it easier for Camden by thinking about what they wanted to say to the batsman and argueing with each other rather than playing cricket. Tom Norman and Tanvir Afzal bowled very well though and were a handful when the ball moved around. Afzal is a class act and swung the ball in both directions with no discernible change in his action.

Mutucumarana managed to manufacture sacrificing a red inker by leaving a ball that straightened from Imran Khan to be fairly plum LBW leaving Nigel Gadsby 15 not out and Alistair Russell to hit the winning runs with a clean strike over mid wicket for four.

Next week sees Camden play their first of a whole series of away games, starting at Khalsa who have struggled so far in 2012.

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

Keen to banish the ghost of ‘Cat-litter-gate’, Camden romped to an 8 wicket victory against Nassington. Camden, bowling first made early inroads as the Pakistani Opposition Leader was wonderfully run out by Al Russell. Barring a tough chance going down off Edwards, the Camden fielding machine rumbled on as Captain Ilavtagetonahighandasniffabita Glutu plucked a catch with just three fingers to remove Robinson Barleywater. Big Scotchegg was the next to disappear as Gardner clean bowled him and Russell continued his good form in the field with another excellent catch off Toni Walker-Smith

Gardner and Edwards traded the remaining wickets, the latter removing the prize scalp of Tanvir Afzal. Afzal is said to be a member of the 40 Club, though this is more likely to be a reflection of the number of teams he has played for in the last 8 years. Gardner swept up the tail (5-16), aided by the post vacation glovework of Heywood.

Tea was pretty good, though not as good as Nassington’s.

Common sense prevailed as Camden were set a revised target of fewer runs in more overs. This was done largely without alarm, though Glutu managed to spend an inordinate amount of time at the crease for 11 before being adjudged lbw to one of the greatest all-rounders the game has ever seen. Gadsby and Russell saw the home side to victory.

Match report - James Heywood

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28-07-12 - AWAY TO ST IVES

St Ives 166 for 8, Camden 99 ALL OUT. RESULT - ST IVES WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

With no cricket played in July until this game Phil Edwards was buoyed up and raring to go despite being held up on the A14 and missing most of the warm up. Swingers finished with figures of 7 for 46 off his 16 overs bowling with good rhythm and pace.

With St Ives having won the toss they would have been unhappy at being reduced to 44 for 5 and with R Withers coming in at 6 and surviving a very good LBW shout, the home side could have been in even bigger trouble. Withers (48) and Beale (30) put on 66 for the 6th wicket and with Bevis Moynan (30*) coming in at 8 with a platform, he was able to play his shots and take the home side to a competitive total of 166 for 8 off 48 overs. Alex Mutucumarana was the only other person to take a wicket for Camden on what was a very green, used wicket.

Camden's reply started with energy and enthusiasm and with the away team confidently moving to 41 for 1 inside 15 overs everything looked rosey. But Mutucumarana played one shot too many skipping down the wicket to Kevin Gilder (4 for 20) in an attempt to not allow the slow left armer to dictate the game. This started a collapse which left the team 46 for 5 and an almost impossible task to win the game.

With the run rate slowing, St Ives were able to attack and bowled Camden out for 99 in 36.1 overs. Alistair Russell was left 15 not out and made an impressive 1st team debut behind the stumps with James Heywood. Alistair is only 14 years old and has a bright future in the game. Hopefully we will see more of the impressive Essex U15 between now and the end of the season.

Next week, Camden hope to get revenge on Nassington who narrowly beat Camden in one of the more bizarre games of the season. It is the last home game before a series of away games at the end of the season.

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana


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21-07-12 - HOME TO SAFFRON WALDEN

RESULT - MATCH ABANDONED


14-07-12 - HOME TO RAMSEY

RESULT - MATCH ABANDONED


07-07-12 - HOME TO CASTOR & AILSWORTH

RESULT - MATCH ABANDONED


30-06-12 - HOME TO FOXTON

Camden 203 for 7, Foxton 176 ALL OUT. RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

Chris Wright capped an impressive debut as he picked up 57 runs and 6 wickets to help Camden 1st XI record their 6th win in 7 games for the Cambridge based club
Having lost 3 early wickets to two long hops and an LBW that could not be reviewed under DRS, Vincent and Wright came together in tricky circumstances. With pace of the ball after overseas player Andrew Kealy pulled up injured in his second over, and the ball moving around the two Camden batsmen did well to survive until a short rain break swung the game in favour of the home side. With a wet ball and the sun shining the ball stopped swinging and the Camden pair set about a 121 run partnership that allowed Camden to get up to a score over 203.
Vincent played shots all round the wicket allowing himself to go over the top when the bowlers strayed onto his pads. Wright played very well down the ground and hit the ball hard. With the spinners on he forced them to bowl outside of stump and he swept the ball for four on many occasion.

With tails up, Wright the batsman became Wright the bowler but didn't manage to get a wicket in his opening spell. Charlie Walker Smith set about getting an early wicket, but with a flat pitch and a lightning outfield, the ball was flying off at odd angles for four. With Foxton looking well set at 68 for 1, Mike Riches picked the ball up and threw the stumps down to bring Camden back into the game. At drinks,Foxton had steadied the ship, but Wright and Gardner bowled in tandem to swing the game in Camden's favour. Wright picking up wickets in patches and bowling with pace and accuracy. Vincent picked up the important wicket of Webster after he went to a well earned half century before Mutucumarana broke an 8th wicket partnership that looked like it was going to earn Foxton a draw and an extra bonus point. Wright then took to wickets in two balls to wrap the game up with 8 balls to spare.

Foxton showed a lack of experience in this league to allow potential challengers to the title to gain ground on them. Camden deserved the win though but will have to be in fine form to beat Foxton in the final game of the season as they proved worthy of their top position in the league.

Going into the second half of the season Camden lie in 5th position but have the momentum and need to keep winning in a bid to climb up the table. With Phil Edwards returning next week things are only looking up as the Camden Pirates host Castor & Ailsworth at Pembroke next Saturday

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana

Photos of the impressive Chris Wright courtesy of John Sutton


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

Camden powered to a helpful victory against table topping Foxton. The near neighbours got a jolly good taste of their own medicine as a St Ives based Chris Wright doppelganger acquired his match fees worth by taking 6-49 and 57 runs in a 27 run victory.

Earlier, Camden had been reduced to 15-3 by Bathroomtiler Deas. Both Gadsby and Sutton’s front feet were stuck in some of Deas’ leftover cement as both were caught driving injudiciously to be caught in the gully, whereas Captain Futurama was ‘lbw’ (leg besides wicket)’. The inform and dangerous Kealy however was well snipered by Munns from the balcony and was to take no further part in the bowling department

Rain came to Camden’s rescue, particularly exaggerated by Foxton’s eagerness to get back onto the field. Vincent and Wright (or at least someone who looked just like him) put on 121 for the 4th wicket, the ball growing in size and losing any propensity for seam and swing. Contributions from the middle order got the total to 203-7, Vincent ending up on a most composed 87, Bathroomtiler Deas ending up with 6-53.

Gadsby burgled his go at tea as Munns bailed him out, much as he had done earlier by spraying his lawn. Apparently, spraying several acres is a piece of cake for the ‘best looking farmer in Cambridgeshire’ (Gadsby, 2012) but spraying a lawn is just a bit too much for him to handle.
In reply, Wright was beaten into the wickets column by Charlier Walker-Smith as he had James Clarke l.b.donkers and Mike Riches broke the 2nd wicket deadlock by running out Jim Bowen with a wonder bullseye. Eventually, Wright’s class (first class as it happens) came through by removing Lawrencethe Farmer with a shortball. Brooks and Stone both fell in successive deliveries, the latter as dead lbw as his name.

Webster and Kealy played well, the former cutting and driving through point in inimitable fashion but eventually he fell to Vincent. Futurama removed Deas and Wright returned to mop up the tail. Sadly, his recent hair cut prevented him from doing this literally, but a very handy contribution from a very handy cricketer was the telling contribution of the day.

Match report - James Heywood

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16-06-12 - HOME TO SAWSTON

Sawston 178 for 7, Camden 182 for 6. RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

Camden CC 1st XI picked up their fourth consecutive win and ended Sawston's unbeaten run in 2012. Having won the toss, Alex Mutucumarana inserted the opposition who mis read the wicket somewhat as the left wickets in hand but failed to make any impression on the game until the final 10 overs of their innings

Phil Edwards and Simon Gardner bowled decent opening spells with Gardner miserly as ever. Edwards constantly went past the bat and picked up an early wicket with a ball that hit the top of off stump.
With the wind blowing towards the pavilion, it was tough at both ends, but particularly for Vincent who bowled 13 overs 2 for 43 after replacing Edwards. Charlie Walker Smith replaced Gardner after drinks and bowled a good line and length without without much luck. Alex Mutucumarana picked up two cheap wickets bowling at the death to leave Sawston 178/7 after 48 overs. Sawston's Vaughan Blanchard batted very well but used up 152 balls for his 72. He always looked comfortable but never really took the attack to Camden.

In reply Nigel Gadsby and Alex Mutucumarana put on 89 for the second wicket after Will Sutton shouldered arms first ball to lose his off stump. These runs came at a good pace and were allowed to by some poor bowling by Blanchard with the old ball that got the home side off to a flyer. Both Gadsby and Mutucumarana gave their wickets away to poor balls, and Dip Basu managed to get the innings back on track until he hit another full toss from Blanchard down deep midwicket's throat. Blanchard made up for some indifferent bowling by removing Keith Vincent and Guy Skinner cheaply, but it was to no avail as James Heywood (25*) and Phil Edwards (45*) saw the home side home for a deserved win. Edwards scoring his 45 off 35 balls and showed the away side how to bat on good deck.

This has been a good spell for the red caps, and hopefully this continue as they approach the half way mark of the season with tough games against Godmanchester & Foxton where they will be without in form Phil Edwards.

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

Camden continued their magnificent winning run against the in form and much improved Sawston. What added to the pleasure of victory was that the side managed to achieve this whilst batting second – a rare option in recent weeks, though one much favoured by the author as he was finally able to dominate the tea room.

Phillipe Edmonds, still not bowling in his Ray Bans bowled an exemplary line and length and was very unlucky to only pick up one wicket of L.I.Am Flynn in his opening burst. He generated some pace and carry on this the best strip of the season – credit again going to Groundsman Munns after the deluge of Friday morning. According to wicket machine Partime Gardner, this extra zip was due a force 8 gale helping him from the Grantchester End, though no one else seemed to notice.

Garder toiled, apparently into aforementioned wind, but with little success in the wicket department and considerably less hair as the gale (or waft as far as the rest of us were concerned) blew the rest away. Sawston were therefore in a good, position with wickets in hand.

Vincent’s entry to the bowling crease lead to the wickets of Ralph Dellar and Ears Pearson. Meanwhile, Worna Plackard really nailed himself to the post as he performed the innings anchor, at times playing deftly in the offside.
Walker-Smith could not perform the feats of yesterweek and at Camden probably gave the visitors 10 runs too many at the end. That coupled with a couple of horror fielding incidents lead Sawston to 178, though that did not prevent Camden captain Iweara Tutu mopping up a couple of cheap lower wickets.

Dunk Basu provided a wonderful tea and work commenced on the acquisition of 179 runs for victory. Will Sutton elected against using his bat as he had done throughout the day as a poor start was obtained. An 89 run 2nd partnership from the conifer like Gadsby (that being a reference to his evergreen qualities in the field, as opposed to him being particularly prickly) and Tutu gave tremendous impetus to the innings. That wasn’t before Bishop Tutu had decided to run at anything round and red, and then run back again as he was found floundering short of his ground despite having hit a six. Worna Plackard then dismissed Tutu, V.Chase, Skinner and Basu in the space of 30 runs as he mixed up his hand grenades, donkey drops and moon balls (all of which palpably thrown of course). Enter Heywood and Edmonds to finish the game off with a 60 run partnership to steer Camden home, the stellar performance coming from Edmonds with a 35 ball 45.

Match report - James Heywood

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09-06-12 - HOME TO WISBECH TOWN

Camden 139 ALL OUT, Wisbech 107 ALL OUT. RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

This was Camden's most impressive performance of the season with everyone chipping in with the bat, all bowlers doing their job and all 11 standing up to be counted in the field after Trevor Munns once again performed a miracle to get the game on and produce another excellent wicket

Wisbech won the toss and inserted Camden in. Camden followed the recent pattern of playing the conditions perfectly with Alex Mutucumarana once again top scoring with 40 after being caught at first slip after what seemed to hit the captain's pad. Several other players chipped in with 15's and 20's and this got the home side up to a score 1 run short of the first batting point, Simon Gardner the last man to go as he drilled a full toss to extra cover.
With the old ball taken and Simon Gardner and Keith Vincent eventually bowling at the correct ends, the pair set about making it very difficult for the Wisbech batsman giving them little to hit. Dip Basu took an excellent chance at short leg off the bowling of Vincent and Gardner was blocking up the other end. Gardner eventually got Wisbech's two best players, Freear and Williams, in what felt like a day where the luck was running their way.

Drinks were taken after 25 overs and shortly after that the new ball was taken. This left Phil Edwards and Charlie Walker Smith to wrap things up picking up three wickets each, doing exactly what was necessary to take all 25 points. They both bowled superbly and swung the ball both ways at good pace

This was a very good all round performance from Camden and are now on a good roll which can hopefully continue next week as they host in form Sawston at Pembroke next Saturday. "

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

Camden continued their effort to return the PCCG to fortress status by recording their 3rd successive victory, this time over in the in form Wisbech. Wisbech incidentally is an anagram of ‘Web Shic’, a form of slightly misspelt but nevertheless fashionable clothing range for those afflicted by syndactyly. Indeed, Wisbech would have left wishing that the myth of fenland webbed hands was in fact reality as they shelled several chances.

Camden, lead again from the front with an innings of 40 from the inexplicably caught at slip, Greater Batman-Haired Newtu, were thus allowed to reach a very defendable total of 139. Other contributors were Nick Wells (21), again afflicted by webbed testicle and Heywood (17), struggling again with a webbed brain as he once again decided to sweep a straight ball of the wrong length. Gary Freelance and Johnson Craig were again the pick of the Wisbech bowlers picking up 6 wickets between them, bowling backwards being the clear order of the day

In reply and after a very healthy tea supplied by the aforementioned scrotally compromised Wells and his better half Lucy, regular new ball bowlers Vincent and Gardner got the rot started almost immediately, Dunk Basu taking another wonderful catch at short leg. That was however only after a bit of buggering about with the preferred ends.

In walked Gary Freelance and his partner in run-making from the previous week David Wood. Appeal after appeal by Hadanaffairwiththe Garnder against Freelance was met with a not out decision and Wood insisted on cutting balls outside leg-stump. Nevertheless, no wickets fell and further frustration fell on the Camden players as Freelance hit a very easy catch to his non-striker. Gardner eventually, after a trio of begging appeals prised away Freelance with another straight ball. Gardner was fortunate not to receive a black eye as the dummy was spat out at pace by the departing Cambridgeshire run machine.

Enter James Williams and the pattern continued. This time, an apparent thick edge off the tycoon generated no interest from the umpire; must have hit the ground. Gardner continued his unerring line and Vincent plugged away at the other end. He eventually had his man and Williams stomped off in rage. That Gardner was able to complete his spell of 16-2-17-2 defied all prediction, as the ageing cyclist had to dodge teddy bears, dumper trucks and other toys on his remaining approaches to the crease.

Edwards and Walker-Smith entered the fray with the genuinely new-ball and after some no-balls and a few wides, were able to plug away at the final 6 wickets. Walker-Smith, despite a long absence picked up 3-19 and Phil Edmonds claimed 3-17, the penultimate wicket of the dangerous Nosuchthingasa Freelunch removing any hope of a Tino Best like fight back and Walker-Smith polishing off the number 11 to seal the deal for Camden.

Match report - James Heywood

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02-06-12 - HOME TO MARCH TOWN

Camden 125 ALL OUT, March 96 ALL OUT. RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

Following a good win batting 1st against Khalsa last week, Camden 1st XI followed this up with a good win to take the maximum 25 points for a second week running against March in very different circumstances. With lots of rain falling overnight the wicket was more damp than expected which gave the bowlers the opportunity to shine. Several discussions took place as to what to do if we won the toss, so it was probably a blessing in disguise when March won the toss and inserted Camden into bat.

The March bowlers did not always get the ball in the right place, but despite this, Chris Ringham took 3 early wickets to leave the home side on the back foot. Nick Wells and James Heywood shared a 6th wicket partnership of 48 which was the highest of the match, with Nick Wells taking the attack to the March bowlers. Nick went on to make 43 hard earned runs and on another day that score was worth 80 or 90. To put his effort into context, the next highest score in the game was 24.)
With Simon Gardner chipping in with a six and a four to finish not out on 14, Camden finished on 125 all out, which was slightly below par but gave the bowlers and fielders something to bowl at. With the old ball taken and the Vincent and Taylor taking it, the home side took an early wicket which set the tone for the afternoon and let March know that 125 was a long way off. With Gardner introduced in the 14th over the game turned very quickly in Camden's favour. Gardner taking 7 for 40 in his 12.4 overs with Vincent finishing with 2 for 13 off his 11 overs.

The new ball was taken after drinks, but this did not effect the outcome of the game and if anything allowed March to put bat to ball more readily. The final wicket was taken in the 38th over with March falling 29 runs short of their target.

Rhythm and momentum means a lot to this team and with two wins batting first, the team can feel confident going into what is always a tough game against Wisbech next week at Pembroke, where if the weather form book is anything to go by, we are due a sunny one. Fingers crossed!

This from John Sutton accompanies the photo of Will (left)..."Will Sutton clips elegantly to the legside boundary early in Camden's annihilation of March Town at Pembroke College Ground on Derby Day. Unfortunately for the photographer, the elegant fruiterer was out next ball for 15, chopping on to his stumps"

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana

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26-05-12 - HOME TO KHALSA

Camden 204 FOR 1, Khalsa 109 ALL OUT. RESULT - CAMDEN WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

Pembroke Looks a Picture with Blue Skies and Bright Sunshine Way Overdue!

Khalsa have been a bit of a bogey team for Camden 1st XI in recent years, but this performance was every bit as convincing as any of the losses inflicted on the Camden Pirates. While it looked a formality on the scorecard batsman had to work hard for their runs despite some friendly fielding from the visitors and bowlers had to be disciplined and suitably backed up by the fielders to take all 25 points.

Will Sutton was dismissed in the fourth over with arguably the best ball of the day as he was clean bowled by a ball that pitched on middle and hit the top of off stump from Amir. Over the next two and a half hours Alex Mutucumarana (113*) and Nigel Gadsby (60*) put on 191 in searing heat, which was not made easier by the majority of the partnership made up of 1s, 2s and 3s (with the occasional boundary)

With maximum batting points secured, the innings was declared on 204 for 1 after 45 overs, giving Camden 51 overs to secure their first victory of the season. This did not start well for the home side with Khalsa racing to 51 for 0 after 11 overs. With bowlers swapping ends and pulling their length back, the runs dried up and the chances started to come. After 16 overs when drinks were taken, Camden pulled Khalsa back to 61 for 3 and did not let up from that point on. Simon Gardner was the pick of the bowlers returning 16 overs, 4 maidens, 6 for 48 with Phil Edwards (2 for 24) and Keith Vincent (1 for 12) making sure that Gardner was supported from the other end. Mike Riches came back for a second spell to claim his first league wicket for the club dismissing the dangerous Shaakar Mahmood for 16.

Camden's run of home games continues next week as they host March 1st XI where hopefully they can repeat this sort of performance.

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

Camden finally got their season off an rolling with a crushing victory against Khalsa. In a bid to return the PCCG to its original fortress status ahead of a 10 week home streak, Camden did as well as could be expected against the unorthodox and potentially dangerous Castor based outfit

Camden Captain Imakeallda Foodtooandtherunas certainly got his match fees worth as he recorded his first Camden league 100 batting in partnership with Nigel Gadsby (60*) for a mammoth 191 run 2nd wicket partnership. This is presumably some sort of record, though the author isn’t in the mood to find out

Only Shakeitin Dahood escaped a serious attack on their figures as both Foodtooandtherunas and Gadsby took a shining to the Khalsa bowlers. Ivhada Amir really did have a ‘mare as he went for 71 in 15 overs, though somehow managed to bowl the only threatening delivery as he had Will.I.Am cleaned bowled. It is thought perhaps that the Bevis Moynan lookalike did in fact have to dash off to BBC's broadcasting house to complete filming on ‘The Voice’, thus accounting for this inexplicable dismissal.The other bowlers Ihidunda Dabed, Ama Singh and Frizal Countychampionship were all taken to the sword as the Camden batsmen ran them ragged in the field.

The main event followed as Captain Foodtoo put on another marvellous display in the team room. In fact, so dense and moist was the banana cake that the Khalsa reply got off to a real flier as Phillipe Edmonds, now bowling with his right arm and a bit quicker than he did in the ‘70s, and Mike Riches bowled some very friendly offerings.

The introduction of Hireda Gardner and the switching of ends for Edmonds did little to stem the flow as Avbeen Inbed and Countychampionship made 50 within 8 overs. Edmonds started the rot by bowling Countychampionship and Gardner, despite still bowling an inconsistent line started getting the compost nice and ripe as he had Avbeen Inbed caught brilliantly by Foodtoo at Mid off. Another grab from the captain off Edmonds then allowed the rampant Garnder to rake up the middle order. By this stage, Gardner’s line had improved as Ihidunda Dabed, Ivhad Amir, Captain Kirk Singh, Dadina Wastasty, Arshad Inabed were all bowled or lbw.

Riches claimed his first Camden wicket as he had Shakitin Dahood lbw and with Vincent cleaning up the remaining wicket as Amaz Singh was stumped, a 95 run was completed after 85 overs play.

Elsewhere, Trent Bridge saw the culmination to an amazing fightback from the West Indies as Samuel Marlon and Sammy Darren were both dismissed. Keiran Chub and Wheelchair Rampaul offered as little resistance as the top order had earlier and the West Indies were dismissed for 370. Strauss and Pietersen made hay before Sunday saw the West Indies get back on an even keel. Only another top order catastrophe from the Caribbeans, with Edwards Keiran, Bravo 2zero, Chunderoverdawall, Rammed Aftadina to name a handful all departing. England sealed a comfortable victory on Monday after yet more resistance from Samuel Marlon.

Further afield, Givethedoga Bhoni’s Chennai Super Teds failed to clinch their 3rd successive DLP ABC XYZ IPL as Compulsive Gambler’s Kolkota Tight Withtheirfivers won with 3 balls left. Sheesa Hussey and Singininda Raina had set up a marvellous 190 for the CSTs; even new superstar West Indian spinner Saildown Darhine going at 10 an over. That was no match for the KTWs as Ivdevelopeda Blista overshadowed all previous efforts with a sparkling 88. Icecream Pallis then saw the Kolkota side home in the last over. I am sure that Dip will be pleased.

Match report - James Heywood

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19-05-12 - AWAY TO NASSINGTON

Camden 87 ALL OUT , Nassington 91 for 9. RESULT - NASSINGTON WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

If this wasn’t one of the more bizarre games I’ve played in then I don’t know what is. Both captains didn’t know what to do at the toss, but after Camden 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat it would have been the visitors who would have been the happier at drinks having reached 70 for 3. With no sawdust at the ground, and with the umpires and groundsmans blessing, Alex Mutucumarana and Nigel Gadsby were sent to a local pet shop 15 mins down the road to pick some up. Having got to the pet shop, a text came through from the vice captain that a flurry of wickets had occurred and the score was 80 for 8! We made a speedy return to find the players having tea and Camden bowled out for 87 inside 35 overs. Will Sutton’s 36 off 70 balls was the stand out score and in all honesty he was the only person who looked comfortable all day. With a wet ball and outfield he did not get full value for his shots and 36 today was worth 70 on a drier day and wicket.
As Camden took to the field it was evident that Nassington had a plan to finish things early with two out of the top three sacrificing their wickets with big shots on a wicket that would not allow it. With Phil Edwards getting his first bowl for the club after pulling up injured last week, he was keen to impress. He did returning an opening spell of 2 for 21 off his first 9 overs. He was ably supported by Charlie Walker-Smith who bowled 9 overs 1 for 15. With wickets needed before drinks, Alex Mutucumarana and Keith Vincent came on and obliged to leave the home side 59 for 4.

A disciplined performance was what was required after drinks, and that’s what was delivered. Camden fielded with aggression and purpose and did not allow Nassington to rotate the strike. Two brilliant stumpings from James Heywood put Camden in the driving seat and with Phil Edwards coming back for a second spell; Camden looked the favourites having reduced the home side to 79 for 9 and young T Burns walking nervously to the wicket. With little option left, P Atkinson-Dalziel took it upon himself to take a few risks and quickly took the scores level. With a tie up for grabs, T Burns survived a huge LBW appeal and a run out chance from point blank range, after Dip Basu collected the ball and got rid of it quickly at short leg, to hit the winning runs with a nice shot off his legs to a huge cheer from the boundary.

The sawdust was left largely unused at the far side of the ground!

This was a much improved overall performance from Camden and despite a collapse on the batting front, this was a more spirited team effort. With a bit more luck Camden could have walked away with 25 points. Now starts a run of home games at Pembroke College, starting with Khalsa next week. Fingers crossed the rain stays away and the batsmen can start scoring runs in greater volume!

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana



WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

Camden headed to the Nene valley wilds of Nassington on a cold, damp and windy day (well, there’s surprise). The returning Sutton and Walker-Smith would bolster the ranks as Camden looked to make some inroads on the table topping Foxton.
Opting to bat on what was a very moist outfield, the Greater Camden Newt’s team were brilliantly poised on 72-3, Will Sutton looking a million groats on his return to action. Newt had meanwhile got it into his head that sawdust was going to win the match for Camden and off he went to Stamford to purchase 4 kilos of kitty litter, with Gadsby providing the hardware.
Cue 7 wickets for 15 runs as Ineeda Sickbag and Thisman Sageek combined for 8 wickets. Only Tom Norman went wicketless as several batsmen were guilty of injudicious strokeplay, although the penultimate man out Wells was deemed exempt.
Camden always felt that a victory was in their sights however and with the presence of a fully fit Crang Edwards the Nassington faithful were always going to be in for a nail biter. Indeed, Edwards got the ball rolling with a vicious, popping, explosive delivery to dismiss the Pakistani opposition leader. Daniel Robinson looked the more assured as wickets fell at the other end; Sickbag having a mess made of his off stump and the pair Leftfootisanike and Rightfootisanike falling to the introduction of the skipper Newt and Vincent.
Two stumpings from Heywood, the second even if he does say so himself being not bad, kept Camden in the hunt. Newt had failed to cling onto a difficult chance from Sageek, the webbed fingers still a little slimy to grasp onto anything but was able to the take the prized wicket himself with a rank half volley outside leg stump. Further wickets tumbled and at 79-9, the game could really only be Camden’s. However Tom Burns and Kingpin had other ideas and to their credit got the home team over the line, though not without the drama of a finger tip effort from the diving Newt and a near sure lbw when the scores were tied.
Ultimately however, it was Camden’s failure in the run department that cost them this fixture, there being a great improvement in the standard of the fielding and bowling.

Match report - James Heywood

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12-05-12 - HOME TO ST IVES

St Ives 175 for 5 , Camden 101 ALL OUT. RESULT - ST IVES WIN

THE CAPTAINS VIEW

Pembroke groundsman performed the unthinkable (see photos) when he managed to clear standing water on the wicket on Friday morning, ready for Camden's 1st league game of the season after three matches had been lost to the weather. St Ives won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat, which ended up being a good decision as they won the game with three balls to spare to take the maximum 25 points on offer. This completes a third consecutive win for St Ives over Camden first eleven.


Things did not start well for Camden with new signing Phil Edwards injuring himself in the warm up restricting him to running from fine leg to fine leg and betting at 11. Opening bowler Simon Gardner also turned his ankle earlier in the day. Despite this St Ives making a slow start but they kept wickets in tact and were able to build a platform. When drinks were taken after 24 overs, St Ives were 67 for 1 and Camden were seemingly on top. But some lacklustre fielding from Camden and a superb partnership between Steven Smith (41) and Robert Edmond (40) meant that St Ives injected the impetus they needed to take a commanding 175 for 5 into the tea interval. Keith Vincent was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 2 for 47 off 12 overs on what was a seamer friendly wicket. Simon Gardner bowled his 16 overs straight through on one leg returning figures of 1 for 42.

If Camden were lacklustre then St Ives were anything but. They took the old ball and put the Camden batsman under pressure right from the word go. Where the St Ives batsman were able to steal singles and turn ones into twos in the second half of their innings, Camden simply weren't allowed to all afternoon. At drinks Camden were well behind the run rate at 47 for 3. St Ives took the new ball with 20 overs to go and struck at regular intervals. When a draw seemed a certainty, Paul Swannell (3 for 21) took the final wicket with three balls to go. Bevis Moynan taking the catch at mid on having returned figures of 5 for 27 earlier in the day

There were lots of things that Camden could take from the way that St Ives played during this match. If they can do this and inject some energy into their performance then they have every chance of getting a better result next week away to Nassington.

Match report - Alex Mutucumarana



WHAT REALLY HAPPENED COURTESY OF JAMES HEYWOOD

It may have been the shock of looking out of the window on a Saturday morning and not seeing rain, or that Camden were just out and out poor; either way, the commencement to the Tucker Premier league season got off to a real sinker as St Ives completed their third comprehensive victory against Camden since their promotion.
Winning the toss and bowling, Ill Moovtoothetuneofbananarama’s men started reasonably well, debutant Mike Riches putting in an exemplary spell of swing bowling. Chances came and chances went as two catches went down in the first 10 overs.
Meanwhile Montgomerie Burns shuffled in to the bowling crease, more or less straight from his car and in his work shirt bowling some very tight stuff on a turgid wicket that groundsman Munns had performed miracles on to even get a game on. Willy Go was the first to depart from an off cutter from Burns.
Vincent’s introduction looked immediately threatening as he extracted some serious spin – gee whizz. Woodward was bowled through the gate, bringing together captain/keeper Matt Durrant and Steve Smith. Debutant number 2, Tom Maguire bowled well, his low arm proving a handful to get away on the low wicket, not to mention the ball. A four ball an over however kept St Ives ticking and the Camden fielders ever frustrated.
Enter debutant #3, Phil Edwards. A man of many names it was his main alias of ‘Swingers’ that was the one that Camden were hoping he would bring the party. Alas, before even a ball was bowled in earnest, the big Kent seamer was out of action with back spasm. Dick of the day nominations had begun early.
A second nomination was involved in the 3rd wicket as Durrant was run out by a foot. It should have been several yards really, but keeper Heywood missed the bails on the first fly past before having ample time to remove them on round two, Durrant mistaking the injured Edwards for a clown thrower.
Alas, deliveries came and went and basically St Ives got way too many. We fielded like bollards and the least said about the whole thing the better. Keith got two fer and that was about it.
In reply, Sacrifical Lamb Heywood started the wicket tumbling proceedings as he was run out, yet again. The pinning of the blame will be hotly debated for evermore one supposes, but basically it was Nigel’s fault – ball watching again.
It wasn’t Moovetothetuneofbananarama’s most funky innings, but he certainly showed a lot of grit for his 28 as he top scored for the home side. Batsmen came and went at regular intervals however and St Ives were the only team that could really win the match.
However, with 1 over left and the injured Edwards and immoveable Gardner (literally) blocking 7 bells out of Swannell and Bevis Andbutthead, a draw looked the most likely finish. An injudicious shuffle to thirdman brought Gardner on strike and the game ended with a casual flick to midwicket.

Match report - James Heywood

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