PROMOTED Farnham II are finding it tough back in the Surrey Championship 2nd XI Premier Division. Ian Thorpe’s men batted well enough in their away match against Ashtead II, but the home team made fairly light work of chasing down a target of 203.
Thorpe again opted to bat first, but, after a bright start, they lost their openers for 29. Toby Ward looked in great form, hitting eight cracking boundaries, and a rain break came at the wrong time as he and Ollie Godden shared a promising partnership.
The call of a non-existent single put paid to Ward and when Godden chipped to cover, Farnham had lost momentum.
However, Alec Goldsworthy continued where he left off last week and reached an excellent half-century. But wickets continued to fall and although Farnham crept past the 200 mark, the total looked inadequate on a flat track.
Marc Lewis made an early breakthrough when Ashtead replied, but stalwart Gary Martin looked in complete control and runs came at a brisk rate.
Jamie Strachan came on to break a stand of 74 between Martin and Tom Dunn, but a difficult chance was missed and Martin, although afflicted with cramp, continued to punish anything over-pitched.
Strachan took another wicket and a Wes Taylor direct hit had Ashtead stuttering at 120-4. Thorpe then had Jake Martin caught off a full-toss, but another spilled chance handed the initiative back to the hosts.
Jason Vaughan-Davies swung hard and high for 45 not out off 31 balls, and was particularly severe on George Osborne. An unbroken stand of 66 between Vaughan-Davies and Gary Martin, who finished 80 not out, saw Ashtead home with nine overs to spare.