Monday 4 August 2014 

Long Trip Worth It For Farningham

Farningham made sure their long trip this weekend was well worth it
Farningham made sure their long trip this weekend was well worth it
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Farningham's first team made one of the longer journeys of the season down to Horsmondon and returned a happy side after completing a 105-run win.

Simon Evans as stand-in skip won the toss and decided to bat and FCC made a good solid start to be were only one wicket down at drinks with 80-odd on the board, Alex and Hadleigh going along beautifully.

The former though fell to a good catch at short cover and while Hadleigh pushed on to 50 he also fell to an outstanding diving catch at long-on.

This left Adam, Dan and a cameo from Mark Allison to swing away at the end of the innings as FCC posted what looked to be a competitive 188, with the track starting to misbehave.

Spurred on by a chirp of 'an easy win' from one of the Horsmondon players early in the innings Peter and Hadleigh came out with their tails up.

Peter took two wickets in the first over and FCC were bouncing. Hadleigh then removed the other opener in his first over and second placed Horsmondon were reeling at two for three!

FCC kept up the pressure and wickets continued to fall with Hadleigh taking four and Peter three to put them very much on top.

And although FCC have let several opportunities slip this seaso, this week wasn't going to be one.

A bit of resistance was produced by the lower order but Hormsondon were bowled out for 83 to give the Maroons a 105-run victory.

The club would like to say thank you to those that came along and supported too - it made a big difference!

The 2s also had an easy victory, winning on Tuesday - the fifth concession of the season. That means they still sit second in the league.

On the field, the 2s were in action when they played a re-arranged fixture on Saturday against Hartley.

The second team were put into bat and things didn't go too well. A combination of good bowling and poor shots meant that FCC were all out for a meagre 88.

Matt Bowles continued his recent good form with a top score of 21, but FCC came out and bowled with great intent and accuracy, so much so that it took Hartley 30 overs to  get the total with great bowling from Matt Ward, Les England and Paul Fensom.

Hartley were 44 for four at one stage but they eventually got over the line.

The Sunday team welcomed the Cricket Society to Horton Way. Apparently appearances were deceptive as a team of over 50s strolled over from the car park but they came out and played with great vigour and intent, perhaps a bit too much for a Sunday game!

FCC batted first in a timed game rather than the usual 40-over format. Alex Taylor top scored with 40 as FCC were bowled out for 150 with the opposition not wavering from their opening bowlers until the side were eight down.

Fin Clarke batted well at the end to finish on 24 with plenty of close fielders putting on the pressure.

The opposition then proceeded to knock off the total for the loss of one wicket and win by nine wickets with 14 overs left.

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