Cricket: Holloway stars with bat and ball for promotion-chasing Cam

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First published in Sport Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor covering the Thornbury, Dursley and Yate areas

Gloucestershire County Cricket League Division Two

Cam (364-5) beat Hatherley and Reddings 3rds (93) by 271 runs

CAM continued their push for promotion with a destructive win against Hartherley and Reddings with half-centuries from four batsmen as well as 4-1 from Adam Holloway.

After being asked to bat Holloway and Stuart Newman started the innings steadily on what looked a green track.

Newman was soon dismissed for 13 and quickly followed by Ben Williams to leave Cam 20-2 off the first their overs.

Captain Pete Hall, along with Holloway, saw off the opening bowlers of Alex Rice and Dave Gorick and gradually increased the run rate, Holloway in particular with some effortless offside boundaries.

Both men reached 50 just after drinks, Hall beginning to find a rhythm and hitting boundary after boundary off the wayward Elliot Heather.

With the score reaching 166 and 20 overs remaining Hall was unfortunate to pick out the only man on the boundary and was caught for 67 with 153 runs added since the second wicket.

Tom Deakin and Holloway began to increase the run rate.

Holloway took a liking to the bowling of Yohan Dharmathileka, managing to take 16 off consecutive overs.

A slight error in judgment saw him stumped on a well-built 97.

Jake Dolbear and Deakin both pushed the ball around, adding at least one boundary per over.

Similar to the previous game in the season a second 100-run partnership was met as both players passed 50 in the same over, Dolbear's being his maiden half-century.

With boundaries not hard to come by the score raced passed 300 and up to 350.

Deakin was caught on the boundary off the last ball of the innings for 91 with Dolbear on 68 not out after a 150-run partnership.

The Hatherley and Reddings innings started in overcast conditions but neither opening bowlers Edward Rendall or George Dolling could make the breakthrough.

This became more frustrating for Rendall as for the second game running he hit the stumps without dislodging the bails.

The breakthrough for Cam arrived when Gorick retired hurt before the introduction of Ben Holloway and Hall brought three quick wickets.

A diving catch from Deakin on the boundary followed by a catch from Rendall gave Hall two wickets and quick glove work from Dolbear gave Holloway his first wicket.

Both men continued to bowl tightly and, with the weather looking likely to set in, Cam raced through the overs.

Holloway then claimed Robinson leg before and Dent caught by Ballard to leave the score on 92-5.

With both bowlers finishing their spells, Alex Ballard and Adam Holloway were given the ball to race through the overs and beat the weather.

Within the next 15 balls Holloway had managed to claim all four remaining wickets, bowling three and claiming one leg before.

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