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18 Sep 2017 : Sunday XI Finish Season In Style
Sunday XI Finish Season In Style

The last match of the season witnessed Fernhurst's Sunday XI challenge Lodsworth the for the inaugural 30-30 Frostbite Trophy. After a wet week, the day was supported by glorious September sun creating conditions for a grandstand finish to the season.

Batting first Fernhurst spluttered, with opener Joe Unwin (again blaming a broken bat) bowled for 5 and Will Dyer (made to wear a helmet due to ginger hair) caught for 3. Chris Williams and Tim Freeman looked good but were out for 20 and 12 respectively. Coming in a 5, playing much to the fury of his wife (currently his wife) the skipper Westley rode his luck and smashed a nifty 85 ably supported by a Bill Gourlay big hitting 35 not out. Cameos from Jon Meier (7), Simon Vigar (5) and Sam Meier (2 not out) allowed Fernhurst to set an impressive 180 from the allotted 30 overs. Even the less mathematically astute could work out this was a run a ball.

The never routine but always high quality tea, provided by the dedicated and temporarily sober wives, provided a brief pause in the action.

Opening the bowling on a wet wicket, Joe Unwin and Sam Meier quickly found their range and the pressure was on as Lodsworth started slowly. However after Joe Unwin bowled the opener, Lodsworth's No 2 and 3 went to work quickly smashing 54 and 32 respectively.  A tight game was now on as the visitors began to match the required run rate.  A dramatic end to the season was afoot and heightened by the neighbour's bonfire bellowing smoke across the pitch.  Like a 1980s pop video, making full use of dry ice Rob Unwin came out of the smoke from the Mumbai Indian end and, bowling tightly, removed the dangerous Nos 2 and 3 with help of catches by Vigar both times. 

Rob Unwin and Mark Langridge's tight bowling and wickets slowed the rate down to a point where the batters had to attack everything. Enter Chris Williams, the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 4-17 as he tore through the tail-end.  Joe Unwin closed off the match and the season by bowling the last visitor, Lodsworth closing on 136. 

15 Sep 2017 : Tickets now available -
Tickets now available -

Let's Celebrate                   >   >   >   >

After a successful season it is time to think about celebrating the triumphs and share stories of bold daring do, etc.

Tickets are now on sale, available from Jon Meier at jonathan.meier@btinternet.com.

It is recommended you do not prevaricate as numbers are limited number due to space at the pavilion.

Do not be disappointed email Jon now.

10 Sep 2017 : Fernhurst 2nd X1 Champions of I'Anson Division 6!
Fernhurst 2nd X1 Champions of I'Anson Division 6!

At the first time of asking the 2nd X1 are champions of Division 6 in the I'Anson league winning 6 out of the 9 games played with one winning draw.

League secretary Gill Rooney presented skipper Jon Meier with the trophy at the green on Saturday.

Well done to all those who have played this season. 

21 Aug 2017 : Junior Awards Day 2017
Junior Awards Day 2017For all the pictures and winners, please go to the menu on the left and select 'Photo Gallery'.

20 Aug 2017 : Golden Meiers inspire Sunday XI to victory
Golden Meiers inspire Sunday XI to victory

A rare away fixture saw the Sunday XI travel to Graffham. Winning the toss, Graffham elected to bowl and put Fernhurst into bat on a wet and unpredictable wicket.

Spluttering along, most of the Fernhurst batsmen got themselves in but were undone by the slow and low nature of the bounce. This, combined with an outfield which gave up very few boundaries, was always going to result in a low scoring day. Williams, Freeman, Metcalf, Joe Unwin and Vigar all got into double figures but the top score of 27 by the skipper typified the nature of a low scoring day.  Shot of the day came from Joe Unwin with a towering 6 on the way to setting Graffham a target of 130 for victory.

The Graffham openers started solidly against a highly accurate opening attack of Sam Meier and Joe Unwin, giving up very few runs. But just as the openers looked to start building an impressive start, both were dismissed by Alistair Metcalf. Wickets continued to fall at a constant rate but the score kept pace with the required rate for victory;  the match was in the balance as Graffham's Tom Cready showed how to play the wicket. Wickets for both Sam and Jon Meier (making up for their family first - a pair of Golden Ducks) started to build pressure. This, combined with extremely tidy spells from Simon Vigar and Chris Williams completed an excellent bowling display with a wet ball - both got in on the wickets. Finishing with 10 men in the field after Jack Whittington had retired injured the match was wrapped by Metcalf with the final wicket - Graffham all out for 119. Bowler of the day - Alistair Metcalf.

Man of the match Simon Vigar - cameo tail wagging innings and his finest bowling display to date.

06 Aug 2017 : A share of the spoils at the very least for U9's
A share of the spoils at the very least for U9's

In their final game of the season the Fernhurst U9's travelled to Elstead knowing that victory would secure them a share of the 2nd Division league title. Skipper James Vigar was put into bat, after losing the toss, onto a very soggy wicket. The opening pair of Ruari and Jack struggled to get anything on the ball due to a combination of the wicket and some very inconsistant bowling which was a shame for an opening partnership that had always managed to get the team off to a flying start in other matches. Not until Hamish and Sam Poole finished their innings did the score start to look respectable with the pair putting on 17 runs, for the first time this season the U9's really needed skipper Vigar to produce a captain's innings and he did not disappoint, scoring 21 runs including four 4's in a swash buckling innings and he was ably backed up by a solid supporting innings from Ben Ward. Fernhurst finished on 182 for 6 after their 20 overs leaving the travelling support wondering if this would be enough?

The nerves were even more evident, as, after 6 overs Elstead were ahead on runs and without losing any wickets! However the following 2 overs turned the game on its head as bowlers Ollie Sutcliffe and Jack Fowler wrestled the game back in Fernhurt's favour taking 5 wickets in a devasting 2 over spell. Four of these five wickets came about thanks to some oustanding catches from James Vigar that brought the crowd to their feet. Elstead never recovered from this with further wickets to be taken by Dominic(1), Peter(1), Jack(3), Hamish(1) and James(2) finishing on 106 for 11. Once again Ollie Sutcliffe was stand out bowler taking 3 wickets for just 4 runs off his 2 overs, closely followed by Jack and James.

A great way to end what has been an outsanding season for this group of players. MOTM - James Vigar for his batting and fielding. Thanks to Nick Sutcliffe for scoring.

21 Jul 2017 : U11s complete demolition job to win the league
U11s complete demolition job to win the league

The U11 team had one more hurdle to leap, in the shape of Elstead, in their pursuit of an unbeaten league season and the division title. A tough game was anticipated based on past results, but as Fernhurst's Sunday skipper lead a catching session for the visitors, the Elstead side were on the swings in the playground - surely mind games don't start at Under 11 level?!

Louis Eden captained the side, ably supported by his joint vice captains Vigar and Kidd, but the toss was lost and Elstead decided to field. The early signs were that a tough battle lay ahead with a slightly damp surface on a firm wicket creating interesting bounce, which the Fernhurst batsmen were struggling to get away. The opening pair of Westley and Skelton would take the score up to a respectable 19, but it was the arrival of Kidd and Cooper which really saw the score start to accelerate. Kidd chose his shots wisely, leaving the wides for a free 2 runs each time, but scoring 22 from the 10 balls that were straight. Cooper supported well at the other end, scoring 13 runs of his own during a wicketless spell for a partnership of 45 from 4 overs. The remainder of the innings went well enough, with Vigar (18) and Adey (16) both ticking along, but it was a slightly out of sorts performance with timing of the ball continuing to be an issue, and a couple of curious out of character run-outs adding to the feeling that the team was slightly below par. Fernhurst finished on 229 for 5 from 20 overs and went to tea wondering if it would be enough.

As the Elstead innings commenced, Fernhurst's question was quickly answered as Jack Kidd sent the bails flying with his second and third ball, creating an early hat-trick opportunity. Westley secured two wickets of his own in the second over, which pretty much ensured that the game as a contest was over. However, the Fernhurst team was now buzzing and in no mood to take their foot off the accelerator, with a succession of wickets falling giving two more apiece to Clay, Adey, L.Eden and Vigar (who also had a hat-trick opportunity). Adey, fielding on the single, seemed to be everywhere and took no less than 5 catches, and the rest of the team weighed in with 5 run outs - two of which were long range efforts by Kidd and Skelton. A demolition job was firmly in progress as both umpires became very accustomed to replacing the bails. In total there would be 20 wickets in the 20 overs, leaving Elstead on a final total of 40.

So, Fernhurst would win by a resounding 189 runs and rightly celebrated a superb victory, which also seals the league title for them after an unbeaten campaign. Their teamwork, organisation and enthusiasm has been a joy to watch this season, which bodes very well for the future of the club.

Full scorecard at : http://bstcyl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3005051

16 Jul 2017 : Sunday Skipper now only followed out of curiosity

In the history of poor decisions made by Fernhurst's Sunday Skipper, a new pinnacle was reached against the Flemish Giants. After a Jedi Mind Trick made by the Giants' Skipper, his opposite number provided a player to even up the numbers; and so it was that Jo "Judas" Unwin would face up against his own team.

Batting first,  a number of Fernhurst batsmen got themselves in against some excellent pace bowling, not least from Judas Unwin (Chris Williams 28, Matt Westley 22 and Sam Meir 36).  It was however a maiden fifty from Rupert Raymond (56) which drove the innings to an even 200 from the allocated 35 overs.

The Giants' openers set off at a fast pace and quickly dominated the match before being caught by Williams and Freeman, but not before the visitors had raced past 100; pick of the batsmen being Furness with 70. The game then turned with 4 wickets for Williams and a wicket each for the Meirs and Rob Unwin. However the Giants tail held on and reached the target with 2 wickets to spare - including Judas Unwin's 12.

MoM - Rupert Raymond 

13 Jul 2017 : Under 9's defeat Chiddingfold to go top of league
Under 9's defeat Chiddingfold to go top of league

It was yet another hot and sunny morning as Fernhurst U9’s took on Chiddingfold in their final home match of the season on Sunday 9th July. With more squad rotation than “The Tinkerman” coach Rob Unwin fielded yet another changed team, ably skippered by the returning captain,  James Vigar,  from Western Warriors duty. Chiddingfold won the toss and put Fernhurst into bat, which would prove costly as the Fernhurst batsman put on a vast total of 188 for 3 (a net score of 288). Stand out performance was another returning “WW” Fergus O’Connell who scored a massive 42 off only 15 balls including six 4’s and one 6! A huge team positive was that six out of ten batsman all ended up in double figures after their respective innings and, crucially,  only lost 3 wickets in total.

After much needed refreshments Fernhurst looked to consolidate their performance with a strong fielding performance. They did not disappoint! Excellent bowling, assisted by kamikaze running from Chiddingfold resulted in Fernhurst taking a massive 15 wickets over the 20 over innings which was a negative of 75 runs against Chiddingfold’s score. Not until an excellent final partnership from Chiddingfold batsman Jack and Fergus,  scoring 30 for the loss of one wicket, did they haul themselves out of a negative score line. Chiddingfold ended on 36 for 15 (a net score of 136).

Left to his own devices skipper James Vigar arranged his own field really well and there were stand out bowling performances from Jack Fowler and Peter Salt who took 6 wickets in their 4 over spell. Most economical bowler was Ollie Sutcliffe who only shipped 4 runs and took 1 wicket in his two overs. Thanks to Nick Sutcliffe for scoring and Kevin Salt for refreshments!

MOTM – Jack Fowler, batted, bowled and kept wicket really well

10 Jul 2017 : A 3rd victory for the Flourishing Falcons..
A 3rd victory for the Flourishing Falcons..

On another gloriously sunny Sunday, The Falcons U8s hosted Chidingfold at the Fernhurst Rec.  Harry Owles, on his Captaining debut, got off to a winning start with the coin, and wisely put the visitors into bat!

Fernhurst's Langridge and Stronge kicked things off with some miserly bowling, keeping the opening batters in their crease.  But a couple of nicely timed shots for 4 from Chiddingfold's Noah, gave them a solid start.  However, they would be the last of the boundaries - great overs from Gateshill, Philips & Allen & with wickets coming in the 7th & 8th overs, the visitors were beginning to struggle.  

The next 8 overs saw some great work from Hay, Knox and Owles and a flurry of wickets. Langridge & Jennings - fast becoming the Falcon's star performer - finished the bowling with double & single wicket maidens respectively, leaving the visitors on a modest 153-9.

The Falcons then went about their task with maturity.  Steady batting and wisely taken runs allowed Fernhurst to past their target with relative ease.  Every batsman played their part, with runs on the scoresheet.  Notable was the great calling and quick running from the pairings of Jennings & Dodson-Wild and Stronge & Hay and the lusty blows from lefty Langridge (top scoring with 16 runs).  A final total of 216 for only 3 wickets, gave the Falcons a comfortable victory.

With only the Horsley & Send and Farnham fixtures to come, the Falcon's currently top the league table..

Many thanks to scorer Chris Philips.