Farningham First XI Struggle, Wins Come Elsewhere

Farningham's first team may not have won this week, but there were wins for other teams including the junior side
Farningham's first team may not have won this week, but there were wins for other teams including the junior side
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Farningham Cricket Club's first XI continues to struggle this season but other teams at the club did pick up wins - on and off the field - this weekend.

There was only one game on Saturday as the 2nd team won on Friday night when Groombridge conceded.

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The 1st XI's troubles continued with an away loss to lowly Leigh. FCC batted first and wickets fell at regular intervals with most batsmen getting a start and then falling once it seemed like they were in the groove (the story of the season so far).

FCC eventually posted 159 and on a small ground it was always likely to be tough to defend. Hadleigh removed both openers and FCC were going well with Leigh passing 70 with four wickets down but then their number four got into the swing of things and took the game away from FCC.

Leigh eventually won by six wickets with more than 10 overs to spare.

The U15s game was abandoned late on due to the heavy rain overnight and in the morning so the points were shared with second-placed Locksbottom.

On Sunday, FCC batted first on a surprisingly slow wicket against Sherwood. Greg Smith and Graham Freedman both batted well and picked up fifties as FCC posted 187 to set up an exciting game.

Sherwood came out strongly despite Chucker's early wicket after 15 overs they were well on top of the run rate and looked to be coasting.

A couple of key wickets from Ollie Butler got FCC back into the game as those strikes slowed the run rate and the pressure started to tell.

A good run out from John Rose meant FCC were right back in the game by the time Finn Clarke came into the attack, bowling superbly to pick up two wickets.

Sherwood were eventually out for 149 with FCC winning by 38.

The Under 13s returned to winning ways with a nine-wicket win over Bexleyheath Bs on Monday night.

Bexleyheath won the toss and elected to bat first but were soon in trouble as Sam and Max took a wicket each in their opening spell leaving the home team on two for two after four overs.

Runs continued to be hard to come by thanks to excellent bowling and fielding - a massive improvement on the disappointment of last week's defeat to Cudham Wyse.

Sanjay, George and Charlie all picked up wickets as did Mikey making his debut for the Under 13s.

Dylan, Dan and Julien all bowled tidily conceding only 13 runs between them while Charlie took two great catches at mid-off.

Dylan pulled off a run out and Sam took two wickets in two balls to leave Bexleyheath on 77 for nine after their 24 overs.

In reply, Tomos and Max got Farningham off to a flying start and put on 43 in the first eight overs before Max fell for 24 - his highest score for FCC.

Sam joined Tom and breezed his way to 20 before Tom hit the winning runs to finish on 22 not out. A great return to form for Farningham saw everyone make a contribution with bat or ball.

The bowling was much more accurate and fielding vastly improved, while batting was made to look comfortable.

The team have moved to second in the division with two fixtures remaining against Greenwich and current leaders Hayes B so it could be a tight finish

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