Cam crunched as leaders Lydney remain unbeaten

County Division Two: Lydney 1st XI 210-7 (40) Cam 1st XI 68 all out (23.1)  – Lydney win by 142 runs.

Monday 18th July 2022 4:00 pm
Jonathan Kear scored 40 for Lydney. ()

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LYDNEY’S bowlers brushed aside the Cam batsmen as the Forest side maintained its unbeaten record.

Electing to bat first, Lydney posted 210 but the visitors were never in the chase, being dismissed for just 68 runs with Lydney captain Alex Gooding claiming three wickets for the second game in a row.

Jonathan Kear and James Bishop got the leaders off to a solid start, putting on 48 for first wicket before Bishop became the first of three for Alex Ballard when he was caught lbw in the 10th over, Ballard making up for a wide with the previous ball.

Bishop had scored 19 with all but three of those runs coming from fours.

Wicketkeeper took up where Bishop had left off, sharing a partnership of 43 with Kear.

He went for 25 with the score on 91 having hit three boundaries but he went to a catch by Ryan Malpass, two balls into the 19th over.

Six overs later, the visitors claimed a big wicket when Jonathan Kear was stumped by wicketkeeper Nicholas England off Adam Holloway.

Kear had contributed 40 runs, including four boundaries, and Lydney were now 123-3.

Gooding had already scored 16 when he was joined by Alex Antoine and the pair put on another 21 runs before Antoine was caught and bowled by Jake Dolbear for 15.

Jordan Stone became the fifth Lydney wicket to fall when he was caught by Alex Atkinson off the bowling of Ballard for 10 from 12 balls.

Stone went at the start of the 34th over and Lydney were now 159-5.

Lydney skipper Gooding was the next to go, caught in the 37th over by England off the bowling of Holloway.

His 41 off 50 balls was the highest score of the afternoon and included three fours.

Niall Holford contributed 18 runs – including two fours – off just 19 balls before he was caught by Malpass off the bowling of George with eight deliveries of the innings remaining.

Jack O’Connell joined Matthew Aldridge and between them they hit 12 off the last over, including a four for O’Connell as he finished on nine and Aldridge on five.

Ellis Boughton immediately had Cam on the back foot, taking two wickets with successive balls in the second over.

The first a catch by Jordan and then a run-out by Jack O’Connell.

Alex Gooding got in on the act with the first ball of the third over to make it 0-3, Matthew Aldridge taking the catch.

Gooding’s second came in the sixth over with Callum Miller taking the catch and ended it with Alex Antoine taking another.

Dafydd Nicholas took the catch off Jordan Stone that made it 30-6 and Aldridge took his second catch, off Callum Miller for 43-7.

Niall Holford was under the ball off Antoine as Cam struggled to 54-8 and the end was imminent when Antoine took the catch off Jack O’Connell to dismiss top scorer Nick England/

Jonathan Kear ended the innings with the first ball of the 23rd over, bowling Chris Browning.

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