A weekend of mixed results for Farningham Cricket Club saw the 2nd team carry on on their unbeaten run and some good wins for the juniors.
The first team took the trip over to Surrey for their Kent Village League game against Outwood fielding two overseas players.
Having been put in to bat, Outwood got off to a rapid start with their openers scoring 51 and 121 at the top. They eventually went on to score 276 for six setting FCC a very tough challenge.
The scoreboard pressure was always on with such a big total. Simon Price top scored with 32 and a great knock from George Harris scoring 17 at number 19 saw FCC to the 100-mark as they were bowled out for 106.
The second team welcomed Outwood to FCC. Farningham started in the field and some good tight bowling from the young duo of Ward and Maddox along with a couple of early wickets.
Outwood's captain came out and steadied the ship scoring by 78 as they posted 161. In reply, Alan Freedman batted solidly from the front and carried his bat with others chipping in along the way
In the end, Farningham saw the game off comfortably, against a good young Outwood bowling attack and now go in to next week's top of the table clash against Cudham Wyse with confidence high.
On Sunday morning the U15s made the trip over to Shooters Hill where they won the toss and decided to bat on an indifferent track.
Luke Rashbrook and Ryan Maddox opened the bowling and took early wickets. The other bowlers bowled tightly with the odd loose ball, but regular wickets fell.
The pick of the bowlers was Max Nicholls on his U15 debut taking two for three and Fin Clarke taking two for one and Shooters Hill were eventually bowled out on the last ball of the innings for 73.
In reply, Ryan blasted a quickfire 32 and was ably assisted by the others, Tom Marshall picking off the bad balls to score a quick 14 and Fin finished off the job at the end to win by six wickets.
Sunday's game was reduced to 35 overs per side due to the late arrival of the opposition. FCC invited them to bat as they were still short when the game got underway and they racked-up 181 for seven.
FCC chased well but fell short, closing on 147 for nine. Paul Fletcher made 54 not out and Conner 32 while Fin and Luke played for the opposition, and both played well, Fin hitting 23 not out, and Luke bowling nicely for them.
The real plus for Farningham was the fact that they had six under-17 players in action and they all did really well.
Under sunny Dartford skies the Under 13s played their first league game for over a month at Hesketh Park, alleged to be the oldest continuously used cricket ground in the world!
Farningham fielded first with Sam and Max opening the bowling well and restricting the Dartford openers. The two combined to dispose of the dangerous-looking opening bat when Sam took an excellent tumbling catch from Max's second over.
Sanjay accounted for the second opener with the help of another great catch this time by Charlie. A partnership of 46 for the third wicket looked to be taking the game away from Farningham but once the number three had retired on 28 Dylan took two wickets in two balls (two more great catches by Charlie and Josh Lowe).
Josh Lemon and George bowled well to keep the pressure on, Charlie took a wicket in his first over and Dylan took his third in the next over to finish with figures of three for nine from four overs. Some big shots in the final over saw Dartford eventually post a total of 107 for six from their 24 overs.
With Max injured, Adam took his place opening up for Farningham with Tomos. Tom looked keen to get the run chase off to a pacy start hitting the first ball of the innings for four while Adam was more circumspect but between them they put on 21 before Tom was bowled as he tried to launch another big shot.
Adam was joined at the crease by Sam and between them they kept the scoreboard ticking over with some lovely shots. Adam's batting was his best ever and he accumulated 19 before getting bowled.
Sam was then joined by Dylan, fresh from his unbeaten 50 last week, and several boundaries later Sam had to retire having reached 25; Dylan was joined by Sanjay and the pair edged closer to the required score before Dylan played a loose shot and was caught for 12.
With only five runs required from six overs, Dan joined the fray and he and Sanjay saw Farningham home, with Sanjay hitting the winning runs.
This was a great performance for the team with everyone playing a part. The bowling was tight at all times and only three wides and three no balls were bowled in the entire innings - definitely a record low for the team.
The fielding was superb with four excellent catches and the batsmen did a great job batting carefully but keeping the scoreboard ticking over and reaching the required total with four overs to spare.
The U11B team were also in action this week, playing against Bexleyheath in a pairs game. A fantastic performance saw the boys win easily by 12 runs - well done!
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