FARNHAM hosted the I’Anson team in this years annual representative fixture – and were delighted to be able to maintain the fixture despite the pause to cricket up until last week.
And the match fully lived up to expectations!
On winning the toss, Farnham decided to bowl on a green-looking wicket.
Opening bowlers Alec Goldsworthy and the fiery young Griffiths set about their work – Griffiths quickly opened his account, bowling Fuller for a duck.
This wicket brought another Tilfordian to the crease in I’Anson captain George Ellis.
Ellis and remaining opener Clinton set about building a solid partnership with Ellis looking in fine form, displaying some powerful but unorthodox shots as the pair added a steady 86 runs with Ellis racing to a fine 57 including a large six over the clubhouse.
Ellis eventually fell attempting an innovative paddle to the spin of Goldsworthy.
Goldsworthy bowled with good control, picking up three wickets and with the help of Berry at the other end kept the I’Anson batting order under control as they continued to tick the runs over during the middle overs.
But he had to leave the field mid-over after turning his knee and Rooney enthusiastically stepped in to finish the over and then, in the following over, dismissed Clinton for an enterprising 38.
The I’Anson then looked to up the rate with batsmen chipping in throughout the order but no-one getting truly established, with Farnham continuing to take wickets regularly and eventually dismissing the I’Anson for 182 in the 38th over.
D Jones bowled particularly well, picking up four wickets for just 20 runs.
After the break, opening bats for Farnham Godden and Marshall got off to a fine start, adding 60 for the first wicket.
The change bowlers of Hundley and Williams eventually brought the breakthrough as Godden, and then Marshall, fell in quick succession, as the new bowlers extracted some good movement from the green wicket.
Young Elstow and the experienced Berry set about chasing the target in a controlled fashion but tight -- but disciplined bowling from Williams and Dhaynn kept the I’Anson pair in check.
Elstow was dismissed for 15, bringing Rooney to the crease with 60 runs needed from the final ten overs.
Berry and Rooney set about the chase in a workmanlike fashion, moving the ball around and punishing the occasional bad ball.
They added 42 runs before Berry chipped a ball to cover and with Crew falling to his first ball, the game was in the balance, with Farnham needing 17 from 15 balls.
However, Farnham skipper Grimes and Rooney coolly saw the side home in style, with Rooney hitting the third ball of the final over for a towering six to win.
It was a fantastic game of cricket from two teams clearly in fine form.
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