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Farningham's juniors - the Under 15s this week - were the toast of the club after winning the league
Farningham's juniors - the Under 15s this week - were the toast of the club after winning the league
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Farningham had reason to celebrate this weekend as they won their league with a game remaining, beating Old Elthamians away from home.

Captain Matt Bowles and his team have produced a fantastic effort to have won every game so far. OEs batted first with opening bowlers Matt Ward and Ryan Maddox once again in superb form, taking three for three and two for 10 respectively.

Wickets fell regularly and Luke Rashbrook also picked up two wickets as OEs were eventually bowled out for 68. FCC stuttered in reply but a captain's knock of 38 not out including two sixes saw FCC home to win by four wickets.

The second XI had no game for the second week running as St Lawrence conceded meaning they collect all the points and remain in second place.

The first XI's woes once again continued at home to St Lawrence. St Lawrence batted first and posted 231 for FCC to chase. Once again the scoreboard pressure of a big total took its toll and FCC could only manage 182 for six in their 40 overs, Simon Price top scoring with a half-century.

On Sunday FCC welcomed Greenheath once again with a good mixture of youth and experience, fielding four U18 players.

FCC batted first with Simon Evans carrying his bat for the innings, finishing on 68. Only two others made double figures and Greenheath were set a total of 151 to win. 

Farningham were always in the game as wickets fell at regular intervals, the pick of the bowlers being Colin Hucker, with three for eight along with Jordan Allbury-Ryman who took two for 23.

The game-changing innings came from their number five who scored 48 not out to guide them home in the last over and win by two wickets. Another great game and a tense finish.

Farningham Cricket Week had mixed success as the rain came on Thursday and Friday and washed out both days and the premier games.

Friday was a good chance to catch up with many old faces over a few drinks and chew the fat, so there was some silver lining to that day. On Monday and Tuesday we had two well contested T20 matches against Sidcup and Shooters Hill, with FCC lacking the experience, again fielding a number of juniors due to a few late dropouts and a relatively poor sign up.

FCC chased on both occasions but fell just short in rapidly fading light in two great games. Due to the adverse weather the only other game was on Wednesday against Graham Wood's MET Police side.

The opposition were invited to bat in time-honoured tradition and posted 173 from their 35 overs. FCC were going well in reply, Pieter Booyse and Graham Freedman batted well before a middle-order slump. Mark Collier then came in and batted superbly to see FCC to victory with four balls to spare.

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