Tilford II v Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI on Sat 08 May 2010 at 14:00
Fernhurst Cricket Club Won Fernhurst won by 4 wickets

Match report Fernhurst get out of jail

Youngsters secure a fine victory

Fernhurst headed to Tilford on the back of two straight victories, so confidence was high, albeit the journey was made without the absent skipper, Mike Allen. The weather was far from seasonable, with a steady drizzle and low temperatures making it one of those days where anything could happen - and it very nearly did.

Step-in skipper, Bill Gourlay, won the toss for Fernhurst and decided to bat, which looked like a good call as Lewis and Holloway gave an excellent demonstration of controlled seam bowling restricting Tilford to a run rate of less than one an over off the first 13. Jervis, Knott & Crawte fell relatively quickly, before Golding joined Bussell at the crease and started to raise the rate to nearer 3 an over. Winn and Bristow were now trying to restrict the strokeplay, and it was Pete Winn who got the crucial breakthrough, having Bussell caught on 46. Fernhurst's bowlers now started to get on top again and, as Tilford batted through to 48 overs, it was very much a question of whether all the wickets would fall first. In the end Tilford did hang on, reaching 162 for 9 off the full 48.

Fernhurst were confident of easily reaching the target, given a strong batting line-up and a small total to get. However, the picture was changed dramatically as Knott and McDonald took advantage of the damp conditions to get some very exaggerated movement off the seam. Boutell fell on the first ball of the innings, Allen on the fourth, with Gourlay and Tanweer back in the pavilion with the score only on 26. Tilford were suddenly looking very confident, with Fernhurst beginning to look on in utter disbelief.

Cue a rescue by Fernhust's teenagers. Bristow and Holloway came together, with the former playing his customary strong offside drives, and the latter trusting his eye to dispatch the ball to all the far corners of the pitch. Between them, they rattled the score along to 71 by the 14th over, until Bristow skyed a top edge off Gorman into Golding's hands. However, that only brought another of Fernhurst's teenage Green Army to the wicket, Harry Lambert. He quickly found his feet and continued where Bristow had left off, with a superb array of off drives to the boundary. At this point, Fernhurst seemed to be coasting to victory, with the run rate climbing to well over 5 an over. Holloway, though, was caught in the 21st over off Gorman for a crucial 61, with the score on 130.

At this stage Tilford were still in the running, and the game finely balanced. So, Fernhurst were pleased to see one of their veteran players, Ian Mayfield come out to the middle. He played a fine foil role to Lambert as the remaining runs were acquired pretty quickly, as Harry continued with his aggressive strokeplay gettin his 50 just before the final target was reached. Fernhurst made 164 for 6 off just 27.2 overs.

A fine see-saw of a game, but not a good one for the nerves !

Fernhurst aim to continue their winning ways against Bramley.

Tilford II Batting
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for 9 wickets
162 (0.0 overs)

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Bowling

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Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Batting
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for 6 wickets

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Bill Gourlay  
Josh Allen  
Daniel Bouttell  
James Bristow  
Mark Fowler  
Harry Lambert  
Ryan Lewis  
Ian Mayfield  
Usman Tanweer  
Pete Winn  
Ashley Holloway  

Tilford II Bowling

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