Superb bowling, batting and catching characterised this match against our newest opponents, the fabulous Pyestock CC. They used to have a ground near Farnborough under the flag of the National Gas Turbine Establishment but are now a strong nomadic team. It may explain the supersonic speed of some of their ball striking.
Fernhurst won the toss and chose to bowl, with excellent figures recorded by Joe and Jude Unwin (7-1-28-1 and 7-1-39-1). Pyestock's batsmen were on form, though, with Jack Bromley top scoring on 85. He was eventually caught by Chris Williams off the bowling of debutant spinner Niko Dahl. It was one of five class catches taken by 'Magneto' Williams while Niko ended his spell with three wickets (5-0-43-3). 'Harold' Langridge took a jet-fuelled caught and bowled which, if it had gone wrong, would have ensured a trip to Harley Street for the good doctor. The visitors made 223 for 9 in their 35 overs.
Tea was taken with MCC-level sandwiches, garlic bread, rocky road and even some fruit.
FCC Vice Captain Matt Westley is in mid-season form and he struck several boundaries on his way to 82. He eventually holed out and, sadly, no other team-mate came close to a half century. The youth team players all looked in good nick: Max Durrant (14), Niko (13) and Jude (23) but it wasn't enough and, as the shadows lengthened, Fernhurst were all out for 202.
It was a fine match played in great spirit with cricket very much the winner.