Farningham Cricket Club 1st XI were involved in their second tie of the season during a weekend of mixed results for the club.
First though, thanks to Debbie and Paul for organising the Quiz night on Friday. It was a great night with a good turnout and more £300 was raised towards the new net project. The winners were the usual suspects - so congratulations to them!
Saturday started off in glorious sunshine and the covers were rolled off in time for a 2 o'clock start.
Groombridge went into bat and made a steady start with Hadleigh picking up the early wicket. Then Ollie Butler came on to bowl, picked up a wicket in his first over and then was on a hat-trick in his second.
Kieran came on from the bottom end and picked up a few more wickets to leave Groombridge on 105 for seven when the rain arrived.
The covers were hastily put on and a long break ensued and tea was taken early. The rain finally cleared and a leak in the covers revealed a large wet patch on a length, the lost property towels were recovered from the changing room and the mop up began.
Play then began and Peter took a wicket first over to leave then 8 down. The Groombridge tail wagged considerably and they eventually posted 169, a lot more then looked likely early on.
In reply Simon batted steadily and was supported in brief spurts by the others before chipping one back to the bowler. A middle-order collapse was recovered well by Hadleigh and the win looked in sight.
Then some more quick wickets fell and FCC needed 16 from the last two overs. Connor blasted two fours meaning five were needed from the last over, then three from the last ball.
Connor and Keiran scampered the two to tie the game - the second such result in three weeks!
In the top of the table clash Farningham 2s made the trip to Cudham where the home team batted first.
The Cudham top order all batted well and they finished their innings on 209 for five. FCC were chasing well and were 89 for three chasing after 18 overs, but then the scoreboard pressure mounted and quick wickets fell leaving FCC 91 for five.
Another mini-recovery saw Paul Fensom take the score on to 150 without the loss of any more wickets, but he fell for 42 and FCC were in trouble again at 159 for eight. Alan Freedman and Matt Ward batted well at the end as the 2s were finally out for 175.
On Sunday morning the U15s traveled to Sidcup for the second time this season. Farningham batted first on a fantastic sunny morning with Matt Ward falling early for 12. Ryan Maddox was in imperious form blasting fours to all parts and two big sixes eventually retiring once he'd reached his fifty.
Matt Bowles batted superbly at number four with a mixture of neat touches and lusty blows as he also retired once his fifty had been brought up. Farningham posted 148 in their 20 overs and this looked like a good score to beat.
Tom Hadlow opened up and bowled neatly, picking up a wicket and having one dropped of his bowling but wickets fell regularly despite some laspes in concentration in the field. Luke Rashbrook picked up three wickets and Matt and Ryan two apiece as Sidcup were all out for 97.
While the U15s were winning Farningham were proud to host the first stage of the KCB Super 8s Under 9s Mini Cricket Festival.
Farningham fielded two teams as well as opposition from Dartford, Gravesend and Horton Kirby Cricket Clubs.
Both teams had mixed success but more importantly had a great morning of fun in the sun, which was great to see.
Next Sunday sees the next festival hosted by Dartford which is combined with their charity fun day, so if you are around please do come along and cheer on the next generation of FCC cricketers!
The U13s also played Cudham at home on Wednesday. FCC posted 136 from their 24 overs, Max Nichols top scoring with 17.
The boys seemed to be in a good position as Max took two early wickets but the other opener batted through to be 29 not out.
Their middle-order also scored well as Cudham reached their target in the 21st over.
Cricket week starts next week and runs from 7-11 July. The team sheets are up on the board in the club, so if you're available then get your name down!
Monday and Tuesday see two evening T20 games. Wednesday is our annual fixture v the MET Police.
Thursday we play against the Daily Mirror newspaper in Simon Ferrari's memorial game and Friday is the final game v Graham Freedman's Presidents XI. So if you fancy some mid-week cricket, book your days off work now and get involved.
Cricket week is always a fantastic week with lots of fun drink and food!
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