Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI v Tilford II on Sat 31 Jul 2010 at 14:00
Match was Drawn Winning Draw Batting First

Match report Fernhurst's title charge had slowed somewhat over the past fortnight, so it was with a sense of relief that they saw "Boom Boom" Boutell firing on all cylinders again with an unbeaten 155. The home side finally declared on a massive 259 for 3 from just 43 overs. Tilford's response looked to be in trouble with only 30 on the board with 4 wickets down, however a superb innings from young Ambrose brought them right back into contention. Fernhurst did get their breakthtough, but all a little too late as Tilford battled home to a draw on 181 for 9 from 47 overs.

The scorebook would seem to suggest that Fernhurst's wicket was a batsman's paradise, with 343 runs being scored by 3 batsmen alone, but with Tilford having 8 of their batsmen bowled it would seem that there should have been enough in it to force a result.

Boutell hadn't troubled the scorers last week, and had revenge in mind after his first-baller away at Tilford, so it seemed likely that a decent score was due. Knott bowled his usual away-swing on an awkward length, so it was Crawte that suffered the early onslaught seeing nine fours off his first five overs. Knott continued bowling well, but the other end was struggling as first McDonald, and then Gorman faced Boutell in a hurry, being very capably supported by Geoff Howe. Between them they moved the score along to 58 by 10 overs, 101 by 20 overs, and 151 by 30 overs. Indeed Howe was on just behind Boutell's run rate, hitting the unfortunate McDonald for 3 consecutive fours. They passed the club record for an opening stand in the 170s, and pushed up to 200 in the 36th over. Fernhurst began to target 250 by the 40th over, but Geoff Howe was unlucky to be stumped for 94 as he attempted to push the run rate on. By this stage, though, Boutell was dispatching the ball to all corners, and Fernhurst extended their innings to allow him to reach the 150, which he duly did in the 43rd over. Fernhurst finished on 259 for 3 from 43 overs.

Tilford's innings started with Fernhurst fielding an aggressive field in order to try to force the wickets, but to Tilford's credit, they weren't prepared to block out for 47 overs and instead pushed the run rate along at 4 an over. However, Lewis was bowling extremely well and, supported by Bristow, they had the first four batsmen bowled out for just 30 after 8 overs. Fernhurst were on a high, but Ambrose had come to the wicket and, ably supported by Crawte, he settled himself in and then started to enjoy himself. Over the course of the next 26 overs he scored 94 runs, including 19 fours, looking very composed as he dispatched some hostile bowling with ease. By this point, it looked as though the match was slipping away from Fernhurst, and that Tilford even had an outside chance of reaching the massive target. However, when Ambrose finally fell, the resistance seemed to crumble as four wickets fell for just 15 runs. Siggy Golding was effectively holding one end up, but in the last over the ninth wicket fell at the other end, which gave Gorman three balls to survive in order to secure the draw, which he duly did. Tilford finished on 181 for 9 from 47 overs.

Tilford win the plaudits for taking the game to Fernhurst, whilst Fernhurst are left to reflect on the five points that got away, allowing Kingsley to draw nearer to the top of the table after their own ten pointer.

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Batting
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for 3 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Mike Allen  
Bill Gourlay  
Daniel Bouttell  
Harry Lambert  
Josh Allen  
Ryan Lewis  
James Bristow  
Usman Tanweer  
Geoff Howe  
Pete Winn  
Ian Mayfield  

Tilford II Bowling

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Tilford II Batting
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for 9 wickets
181 (0.0 overs)

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Bowling

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