Cricket: Cam defeated in derby by Frocester

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Gloucestershire County Cricket League Division Two

Cam (153-9) lost to Frocester 3rds (154-6) by four wickets

CAM suffered their second defeat of the season against Frocester.

After losing the toss Pete Hall's side were asked to bat.

From the opening delivery the ball popped off a decent length and flew past Adam Holloway's head. This pattern of play continued through the opening overs.

Holloway fell off the bowling of former Cam player Fin Dixon.

Runs were hard to come by on a difficult batting track with Stuart Newman and Gareth Udal having to dig in.

The run rate barely reached above two an over for the first 20 overs.

Udal was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Marcus Tudor for 15 and Newman followed in similar fashion for 32 from the bowling of Alex Ireland.

Ben Williams and Pete Hall fell in identical fashion soon after.

Tom Deakin and Jake Dolbear began to increase the run rate inside the last 15 overs.

Both men rotated the strike with ease and found the occasional boundary before Deakin was caught for 22 trying to play a wide above his wide.

Dolbear followed three overs later for 32 trying to hook a short ball from Dixon.

It was down to Alex Ballard and Ben Holloway to get Cam an extra batting point.

Needing four off the final two balls Ballard was able to clear the infield with a straight six before being run out off the last ball.

As the day went on the track began to dry up and by the time Steve Tegg and Ben Hopkins opened the batting for Frocester the conditions were very much different to the beginning of the Cam innings.

The innings could have been very different had Deakin managed to keep an outstretched hand on a cut shot from Tegg early on.

With no breakthrough from George Dolling and Edward Rendall, Udal was introduced into the attack and his opening over saw Hopkins caught by Hall.

Dixon was soon dismissed with a catch by Hall at slip off Holloway.

Ireland didn't last much longer and was caught by Deakin at mid-off, again off Holloway.

In similar fashion to last season's clash a mini collapse occurred as Ben Spyvee was caught behind off the bowling of Rendall.

Dolbear had his second victim as Dolling removed Tegg for 53.

Tuck then pulled the ball onto his own stumps to leave the score at 138-6, giving Cam a sniff at the tail.

Tony Clarkson soon changed this as three cut shots found their way to the boundary to take Frocester within four runs of victory.

Clarkson finished 29 not out after hitting another boundary.

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