Royston Slip Back Into Old Habits
By Tom Brown ON the back of their first win of the season, Royston failed to capitalise on the momentum, falling by three wickets at the hands of Camden seconds. Royston skipper Craig Holson chose to bat first after winning the toss, but he was quickly d
By Tom Brown
ON the back of their first win of the season, Royston failed to capitalise on the momentum, falling by three wickets at the hands of Camden seconds.
Royston skipper Craig Holson chose to bat first after winning the toss, but he was quickly dismissed along with Ken Graham.
Martyn Leek was also caught as Royston found the going tough in the sweltering heat. However, Paul Miller offered some resistance, playing some positive strokes with one straight drive standing out.
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Miller was joined at the crease by Simon Seabrook and the two put on a steady partnership of 40, with Royston on 75-3 at the 25th over mark.
Wickets were to fall shortly though, when Miller was caught behind two overs later with Seabrook following shortly.
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Richard Temple and Matt Graham then set about a 75 run partnership to propel the visitors to 149, before that pairing was broken. Graham stayed until the closing stages of the innings and reached 25 before he was bowled, while Temple went for a well-crafted 43.
None of the last four batsmen made any significant impact as Dixon (4-1-13-4) took four wickets in as many overs, with Royston ending their innings on 158-9.
In reply, Royston came out full of self belief and struck early with Temple (11.3-1-50-3) dismissing Mutucumarana in the first over. Temple struck again in his second over, with Mitchell serving up an easy catch for skipper Holson.
However, Royston's lapses in the field proved costly, dropping six catches at key moments.
As Camden steered towards victory at 152-5, Royston seemed resigned to their fate, but a late cameo from Matt Graham saw two wickets fall in one over and stirred some Camden worry.
Had Royston held their catches and taken their opportunities, they would surely have beaten fourth-placed Camden side.
Richard Temple said: "It's perhaps the team's lack of experience that has cost us this season, because we're certainly not lacking the talent. It was a disappointing result and a poor performance after last week's win. It seemed we just fell back into old habits.
"With just four games to go, we need to beat both Fulbourn and March seconds and then we'll see what happens - we still believe we can stay up.