Cricket: Cam crush Stone on opening day of the season

Cricket: Cam crush Stone on opening day of the season

Stuart Newman batting for Cam against Stone on Saturday (5911992)

Ben Williams in action for Cam against Stone (5911987)

First published in Gloucestershire Sport

GCCL Division Two

Cam (188) beat Stone (46) by 142 runs

AFTER the disappointment of last season's relegation, Cam couldn't have wished for a better start to the new campaign with victory over local rivals Stone.

Eddie Rendall's opening spell of 4-5 ripped into a Stone side missing some key players.

Stone won the toss and on a green track asked Cam to bat.

Ben Williams was caught behind by Peter Booth off the bowling of Alan Sherman.

Both Gareth Udal and Mike Glover were all soon dismissed by Charlie Viney, leaving Cam 21-3 from the first 10 overs.

Stuart Newman and captain Pete Hall steadied the ship against the attack of Ben Evans and Richard Boroughs.

A partnership began to grow and a constant run rate of around four an over saw the score pass 100 in the 25th over, while Hall himself reached 50 from 53 deliveries before eventually being bowled by Ian Hall for 53.

Hall bowled a very disciplined spell of bowling finishing with figures of 1-28.

Newman continued to find boundaries in a patient innings, eventually falling to Evans for 68.

Tom Deakin (19), along with Jake Dolbear and Holloway (10), tried to find quick runs on a difficult wicket, and boundaries were hard to come by with not much pace on the ball.

Sherman claimed the final wicket.

Cam couldn't have asked for a better start as Eddie Rendall dismissed Keith Driver with the first ball of the Stone innings.

The start of his second over saw Booth caught by Glover at cover.

George Dolling then dismissed ex-Cam youth cricketer Arron Lennard with the last ball of the fourth over, leaving Stone 0-3.

Rendall then had Jones caught superbly at slip by an outstretched right hand of Newman.

Rendall took another wicket with the first ball of his next over, removing Greg Allen with the score 7-5.

Another wicket for Dolling and a catch on first team debut for Dolbear left Stone 17-7 and Rendall on figures of 6.2-4-4-5.

Resistance came from Sherman (11) and Hall (8*), who made Cam wait a little longer.

Ryan Chandler bowled Sherman and this was soon followed two overs later as Viney was caught behind by the diving Dolbear.

The final wicket saw Evans bowled by Chandler, giving him figures of 3-17.

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