With the first team playing at home in pretty much a do-or-die game against top of the table Outwood and the 2s needing a victory in their promotion push, this was a key weekend for Farningham.
The first team welcomed half of the southern hemisphere to Horton Way on Saturday and Outwood proved their credentials as champions.
FCC started well and were going along steadily reaching drinks for the loss of one wicket with around 60 on the board. But then, as has been the story of this season, the wheels came off as the push to post a total got too much.
A combination of some good bowling and poor shots meant FCC limped to 135, thanks to some late blows from Connor Hawes. In reply Outwood had the perfect balance of aggression and patience with their opener racing to 50 with the total score only being 62.
Some half chances went begging and FCC were a little unlucky in parts but Outwood reached their total fairly comfortably in the 28th over.
The seconds traveled in the opposite direction to face Outwood 2s. On a pitch which left a lot to be desired Outwood batted first and the young seam duo of Ryan and Matt bowled superbly with the latter picking up three for 20.
A late showing from captain Mark Collier saw him return a seasons best taking five for 15 and ripped out the middle/lower order to leave FCC a total of 150 to chase.
However, the pitch went from bad to worse as FCC were skittled out for under 100 for the second week in a row. Despite the loss, FCC are still in with a shout as they lie only four points off of second place with a game against table-topping Cudham to come next week.
The Sunday team had a great win, with eight U17s in the team. FCC batted first and were quickly in trouble at 12 for three after nine overs - some sloppy shots from the boys giving their wickets away.
Peter Sutton and Finn steadied the innings, Finn going on to get 44. Peter was out for 13, bringing captain John Rose to the crease. John batted for 22 overs hitting an unbeaten 73 and along with Finn, who fell with six overs to go, and Farningham posted 146 for nine.
The opposition started well and were 50 without loss. A bowling change brought Matt Ward into the action an they were soon rocking at 74 for four. Peter took three for 12, and John Rose took two for 12 and Matt finished with four for 16.
It was a really good win with everyone contributing. Matt Bowles kept wicket really well and Dave Ward took two good slip catches. They were dismissed for 105 in the end and it is important to note that the opposition had no youngsters at all!
There have been a number of U14 matches going on over the last couple of weeks too - summary below.
The Under 14s travelled to Hayes on Sunday 17th and batted first. Facing a rampant Kent bowler who took out most of the middle order (5), the side nevertheless made 99 off 23 overs. This was aided by a heroic final partnership between Sanjay and Sam Nichols, with Sanjay posting a career best of 23 including two boundaries.
Hayes were behind the run-rate until the 17th over, but crept past in the 19th with Farningham a little less sharper in the field than normal.
The following day saw the Under 14s play Orpington. This was never going to be a game to protect averages, but rather to provide the boys with experience. The boys stood up to the challenge and played with exceptional team spirit and worked very hard in the field.
The 10 lads posted 102 runs off 20 overs in reply to 195 off 24.
On Sunday the Under 14s were in action at Sidcup. A Thanks to somewhat depleted sides due to the Bank Holiday, both sides were bolstered by the inclusion of two older Under 15 players.
This gave Matt Boles the opportunity to reach 301 runs for the season (so far!) which is a new Colts record (previous highest 269 - Tom M.in 2013). Farningham made 101 in reply to 148. It was good to see five of Farningham's bowlers picking up a wicket.
All this ahead of a return to Catford on Tuesday where the series is currently tied at one match each.
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