Chipping Campden fall just short

May 15th, 2015

A sound defeat at the hands of the mighty Dumbleton Cricket Club last night - but to talk of loss would be to miss the point of a fantastic underlying performance from the Campden equipe.

Dumbleton started and were quickly (okay, very quickly…) on their way to 75-0, from a singular number of overs. However Campden kept up the fight and kept chipping away with wickets. Some inspired bowling from Whitehouse and Nobes rattled their middle order and Campden were able to keep a… talented batting line up to a mere (ahem…) 194 of the 20 overs. Great keeping from Guru of the Juniors, Simon Powell, was complemented by a fine fielding performance all round, very much under the ethos of - ‘never give up’.

Campden opened with Sam Nicholls and Peter Creek and were soon into a positive groove. Running at something close to the required run rate, hopes started to turn to the possibility of a real David and Goliath moment. Campden made its way to 100-0, with some wonderfully aggressive hitting from Nicholls, supported by a staunch Creek. With batsmen retiring at 50, Joe Cafearo carried on the fight, along with Harrison and Skippy, who had to retire hurt after a ball reared up. Eventually we fell short, but only by a few - 186 at the close.

A wonderful evening, made all the better by the warm hospitality of Dumbleton Cricket Club - and one of the most beautiful grounds in England. Our thanks to them and we look forward to the return game.

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