This much-anticipated fixture took Fernhurst's Sunday XI back to Ebernoe for the first time in ages. Their delightful ground literally has a B road running through it, meaning motorists and cyclists have to wait their turn or take their chance. Another reason for the big build-up to this game was the presence of sometime FCC keeper Jack Whittington in the opposing XI.
Ebernoe batted first and batted well, Hunter top scoring with 57. For the final time this summer, the excellent partnership of Joe Unwin and Sam Meier opened the attack. Joe was 1-29 off his seven overs, Sam 2-27. Debutant Alex Watt got back into the swing of things after a 12 year break from cricket, while U13 player Wilby Westley also made his first appearance for the Sunday XI. His father, sporting a 'Derek Smalls' moustache, took a great catch to ensure Wilby's first wicket. Jude Unwin was also in the wickets; big brother Joe took the catch for one of them while Jude saved the best for Whittington. Off his own bowling, Jude deflected a zinger back onto the stumps at the non-striker's end. Jack was out of his ground and it is reported the laughter was heard as far away as Petworth. Ebernoe had set Fernhurst a target of 190.
Matt Westley and Chris Williams opened the batting for FCC but the former was soon back in the hutch, sending Mark Langridge out to the crease. He and Chris developed a great partnership with 'extras' to almost reach 100. Mark made 37 while Chris, much later, finished on 67. Fernhurst's problem was that few stayed with him very long. Jon Meier played a useful cameo, making 15, but in the end it was left to tailenders Jude and Geoff Howe. With two overs to go, Fernhurst were creeping towards the target. 183, 184, 185. However, Jude holed out with the score at 187, just three away from the win.
As the sun set on Sussex, it felt like the last day of summer but it is not the end of the season. The hardy souls of the Sunday XI have three more away fixtures to seek redemption. First stop is Lodsworth to defend the Frostbite Trophy.