Tuesday 12 August 2014 

Survival Still On For Farningham

Farningham remain confident that they will stay up this season
Farningham remain confident that they will stay up this season
© Farningham CC
 

Farningham remain confident of staying up after pushing second-placed Ightham all the way before losing by two wickets.

The 1s were at home on Saturday against second placed Ightham and were put into bat on a wet deck after the heavy overnight rain.

The track actually played quite well and George Hutchins made the best of his time at the middle with a well made 46. George's break obviously paid dividends as he top scored but the remainder of the team failed to capitilise on the good start.

FCC posted 147 for nine in their 40 overs and needed to make early inroads to get back in the game.

Ightham raced along to 54 with some streaky shots mixed in with some good shots capitalising on one or two loose balls.

Simon Price bowled superbly picking up three for 18 from his nine overs as the Ightham innings faltered.

Dave Evans took a great catch off Price and then followed it up with a beauty off Hadleigh as FCC sniffed a chance.

Then four wickets fell as the Ightham middle and lower order panicked. Needing four runs for victory and with two wickets remaining, however, Ightham saw the game home.

However, the 1s now have four games left with three winnable games against the teams directly above them and they know that if they win them they should stay up.

The 2s travelled to Speldhurts and batted first putting on 236 for nine in 40 overs. Speldhurst were never really looking like chasing the score down and eventually finished on 139 for seven from their 40 overs, Ryan Maddox the pick of the bowlers with four wickets.

The Sunday game was called off on Wednesday due to the other team not being able to raise a side and no alternative fixture was found. It was probably unlikely that a game would have been payed anyway due to the weather.

Finally, the U14s played a friendly against Catford last Wednesday in the second match of the now annual three-match series against Catford.

Farningham had won the first match, but in the second match fell 20 runs short of the Catford total and a last-minute injury meant Farningham were down to 10 players. Tom Marshall retired not out for 30, with Sam Pantlin not out for 12.

© Cricket World 2014