Fernhurst count cost of Allen quick single

Friday 21st July 2017 9:30 am
The end of Mike Allen’s season? Fernhurst’s most prolific batsman manages a smile as he is helped from the field after tearing a hamstring going for a quick single in the Division Two match against Elstead. (photo Anthony Ainslie) ()

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THE I’Anson Division Two match at Fernhurst started late as only seven of the Elstead team arrived on time, yet the visitors came within one wicket of beating the second-placed side.

Bruce Baxendale (5-35) bowled well at the start and finish of Elstead’s innings, well backed up by Tristan Rissik and Ryan Lewis, but Dave Tye weighed in with a well-struck 55 and fine support from the lower order helped Elstead recover to 176 all out.

Fernhurst were rocked back by Mike Allen tearing his hamstring trying to steal a quick single and being run out. The team will miss his powerful presence in the latter half of the season.

Fellow opener Mark Charman (53) and James Johnson (31) batted well, but Fernhurst lost their way against Adeel Yousaf (3-38) and Zeeshan Naseer (3-24) and only just scrambled a draw at 143-9.

Leaders Brook were also held to a draw. Marc-Antony Eysele played another fine innings for Brook,making 90 out of the first 146 runs, but Andy Lang (3-40 in 14) slowed the run-rate and Grayshott II held the visitors to 191-7 in 48 overs.

Grayshott were 90-1 at one point, with Cameron Clarke (48) and Luke McBain (33) going well. Wickets began to fall, with that man Eysele claiming 4-31, but Grayshott bat deep and reached 150-8 in their 42 overs.

A depleted Hindhead side elected to bat first and crumbled to 46-8 against Thursley’s opening attack of Steve Wells (4-33) and Aleem Fazal (4-28), both making the ball swing in the humid conditions. Tailenders Graham Cotton (31) and Lance Thorne gave the score some respectability, but 95 was never going to seriously test Thursley.

Openers Keith Tilson (35 not out) and Steve Fuller (52) made it look easy. Harry Stokes and Jack Hamilton picked up late wickets, but Thursley strolled across the line.

Harting lost again after mustering a modest 100 all out against Frensham II. Opener Rob Norris made 33 and the tailenders did well. In between, John Turnbull took 5-34 in 14 overs, well supported by Andy Kamm and Jack Blythe.

Ollie Simpson and Andy Wadey took quick wickets for Harting, but Peter Harrison (33) and Richard Champneys were soon steering Frensham towards 18 points.

Prolific opener Peter Unsworth scored another 50 for Shalford. But he lacked support as Tongham used seven bowlers to dismiss the visitors for 147 in 45 overs, Tyler Carrington taking 3-33.

Adam Farrier (39) and Liam Gadd (59 not out) put the total in context with their opening partnership and Tongham raced to victory in 32 overs.

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