CAM Cricket Club 1XI suffered their first loss of the season last weekend as they fell to a 36-run defeat away to Frampton-on-Severn.

After defeating the same opponents in a midweek cup match just a few days earlier, Cam were looking to repeat the dosage and made a strong start with the ball as Alex Atkinson (2-37) and George Dolling (1-24) both struck early with Jake Dolbear taking a comfortable catch and Ben Holloway snaffling a tough low chance.

Atkinson struck again to leave the home side on 10-3 before a 70-run partnership between Dan Huxstep (51) and Patrick Tate (31) helped get their side back into the contest.

Both men were given lives as tough chances were missed by the Cam fielders. Jonny Hayward (2-12) broke the partnership with a double blow through a sharp catch by wicketkeeper Ben Dolbear and a low grab by Ryan Malpass.

Frampton were now looking to get up to a reasonable total with half of their batsmen back in the pavilion.

Contributions from Mathew Halsey (23) and Daniel Halsey (23) helped their cause but Jake Dolbear (4-25) picked up regular wickets with his spin to keep the home side in check. A boundary catch by Dolling saw the ninth wicket fall as the away side ended on 166-9 from their 45 overs.

With a modest total to chase, Cam would have been confident of securing their third consecutive victory but were pegged back by some accurate bowling in the early stages as openers Craig Mills and Gareth Udal found runs hard to come by.

Cam looked well set on 42-1 but a procession of wickets saw Cam lose their grip on the game as Frampton held on to all the chances that came their way.

Having slipped to 99-9, Ben Holloway (33*) offered Cam a glimmer of hope but he ran out of partners with Hayward the last man to go as Cam were dismissed for 130 in the 40th over. The pick of the bowlers for the home side were Dan Huxstep (2-15) and Mathew Halsey (3-16).