Puttenham II v Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI on Sat 17 Jul 2010 at 14:00
Match was Drawn Winning draw batting first

Match report Fernhurst went to Puttenham IIs in good form, and with a strong team, which resulted in a total of 222. A strong opening spell from Fernhurst's bowlers quickly made it clear that a run chase would be in vain, so Puttenham settled down to their task of surviving 45 overs. Despite the offering up of several occasional bowlers, the Puttenham batsmen resisted temptation and saw out the overs for the loss of five wickets.

After the disappointment of a cancellation last week, Fernhurst were motivated for a good game, and found themselves with a surplus of players for once. Mike Allen's poor form with the coin continued, and Puttenham opted to bowl. The first couple of overs were played in a very cagey style by Howe and the returning Alan Foster, as they faced a decent spell by the young West, and more veteran T.Wickens. However, by the seventh over the batsmen were finding their feet and started to push the accelerator, moving the score along to 59 by the fifteenth over. Some "Yes, No, Wait" calling caused the loss of the first wicket, sending Howe back to the pavilion, but that brought Mayfield to the wicket and he threw the "steadying" role to the wind by taking the assault to the bowlers. He eventually fell for 26, with the score on 126 in the 27th over, then Foster was bowled by Wickens for 65 in the 31st with the score on 150. At this point a very big score was on the cards, with a small boundary, fast outfield, and plenty of batting to come. However, somehow the Fernhurst batsmen never got going and the wickets fell fairly regularly, whilst the runs ticked along as well. Wickens continued to bowl tirelessly, doing 22 overs without a break and taking 4 wickets, whilst the youngsters at the other end supported well. Fernhurst eventually declared after 45 overs on 222 for 7, rightly feeling that they were a good 30 to 50 runs short of where they should have been.

With such a big score posted on the board, and a very young Puttenham side, it looked like a run-chase would be unlikley. However, Harrison and Mansell came to the wicket, playing their shots against the extremely tidy bowling of Lewis and Foster. They knew their ground and picked out the leg glances and quick singles that moved the scoreboard along, but at 22 runs by the tenth over it became clear that a draw was the most likely result. Mansell fell to Foster, but Vowles then joined the resolute Harrison who was playing a very disciplined safety first option. Fernhurst decided to throw a number of their occasional bowlers into the mix, in order to try to tempt Puttenham into making a mistake, eventually using eight different bowlers in total. Whilst five wickets did fall by the end, including the excellent Harrison for 78, the draw never looked in any doubt and it was a good lesson in defensive play that Fernhurst will need to find a way of dealing with if they are to find a way past similarly resolute teams in the second half of the season. Puttenham finished on 142 for 5 from 45 overs.

Fernhurst face Kingsley next in a top 3 clash at home

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Batting
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for 7 wickets

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Mike Allen  
Bill Gourlay  
Josh Allen  
James Bristow  
Alan Foster  
Harry Lambert  
Ryan Lewis  
Ian Mayfield  
Ashley Holloway  
Pete Winn  
Geoff Howe  

Puttenham II Bowling

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Puttenham II Batting
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for 5 wickets
142 (0.0 overs)

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Bowling

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