Farningham Cricket Club enjoyed an excellent weekend which included a dramatic tie for the first team and wins for the second team, Sunday team and the Under-15s.
On Saturday, the firsts welcomed Weald and stand-in skipper Simon Evans won the toss and elected to field first.
This was a great decision as the opening 12 overs yielded only three an over and three wickets fell along with some good fielding and some good catching (John Rose!)
Wickets fell steadily and the returning Hadleigh Wiles bowled well, taking three wickets in the middle overs. The Weald tail wagged slightly and they were eventually bowled out for 126.
The Weald openers bowled superbly and FCC were stifled in their reply. Simon Evans was the rock of the innings and in patient fashion guided FCC towards their target before eventually falling for 42.
Luck wasn't with the home side as a couple of wickets falling in unfortunate circumstances. With five overs to go the run rate had reached seven an over, but some good batting and running saw this reduced to four needed from the final over.
The Weald spinner had bowled tightly in his previous overs and continued in that fashion, taking two Farningham wickets to leave the game tied, but 16 out of 20 points was not a bad return all things considered.
The 2nd XI produced another fine display and stretched their unbeaten streak to 26 games.
Flimwell batted first and the junior pair of Matt Ward and Ryan Maddox opened up, and all but one Flimwell batsmen got in and then fell, with James Barker the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 39.
Flimwell reached 174 for five from their 40 overs. In reply the returning Alex Taylor picked up a neat fifty and along with skipper Mark Collier who also picked up a fifty of his own, FCC were always in the hunt.
The young guns of the club also chipped in with George Harris again batting well, falling just short of finishing the job. Ryan Maddox then blasted a four followed by a six to win the game to cap another superb performance by the second team.
On Sunday the U15s kicked off the day in rather cold and gloomy conditions over at Old Wilsonians.
Having lost the toss FCC batted first with Matt Ward and Ryan Maddox opened the batting, both picking up smart fifties and both having to retire due to the league rules.
Matt Bowles then produced a devastating display of hitting, charging his first ball and smashing the ball for six. He fell for 33, ably supported by Finnian Clarke and Tom Marshall as a superb batting display by the team saw them finish on 193 from their 24 overs.
In reply Old Wilsonians got off to a good start (aside from a run out second ball) and were batting well, but some good bowling after this by all the boys and some good solid catching saw them lose regular wickets.
Tom Marshall took three for six and was the pick of the bowlers - Old Wilsonians were then bowled out for a little over 100 to maintain the U15 winning record and increase their lead at the top of the table.
The Sunday team got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory against Kent Ramblas.
FCC posted a competetive score of 159 with top scorer Mark Collier picking up another fifty as runs continued to flow.
Greg Smith scored a patient 32 as well and Bob Overy made 44. The Farningham bowling was superb in response, skittling the Ramblas for 78. Jason Blandon took a four-wicket haul and was the main protagonist in the win, while Chris Froude took two for one and saw Farningham home to a comfortable victory.
In the junior games this week a young U14 side fell to defeat against a strong Sidcup side containing three district players.
Sidcup batted first and declared on 158 for four from 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Jamie Weaver and Tom Marshall who picked up three wickets between them.
FCC’s run chase was soon in trouble with Jamie and Sam Pantlin both out in the first over. Tom Marshall hit a quickfire 10 before getting caught out and Sanjay was also brilliantly caught for 0.
Dylan and Max Nichols then put on 56 for the fifth wicket giving the score more respectability. Max was out for 11 and wickets began to tumble but Dylan kept as much of the strike as possible and went on to complete his fifty from the last ball of the game. FCC finished on 92 for eight.
The U11 also played this week with a jaunt over to HSBC. The boys all put in a fantastic performance but were unlucky in defeat against a strong HSBC side.