Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI v Elstead II on Sat 04 Sep 2010 at 13:00
Match was Drawn Winning Draw Batting Second

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Following on from last week's debacle, a visit by the already relegated Elstead 2nd XI seemed the perfect antidote. However, the visitors were not willing to just roll over and played well against some quality seam bowling from Ryan Lewis. Wade and Keith weathered the storm to soon start to look quite comfortable, and it was only the introduction of the wily Geoff Howe that saw their partnership broken. Elstead's batsmen continued to trouble the Fernhurst bowlers, with a number batting resiliently and preventing any sort of collapse. Phillips, Boxall, Marshall and Devereux all managed to play themselves in, beligerently defending their wickets against the variety of Howe, Allen and Foster. They were helped by some very poor Fernhurst fielding, with too many fumbles, a couple of simple dropped catches, and the hard fact of 32 extras - almost Elstead's top scorer ! Boxall took that honour though, with a hard hitting 34, whilst for Fernhurst both Howe and Foster took 3 wickets. Elstead finished on 166 all out from 47.3 overs.

Fernhurst's response looked very comfortable on a batsman's wicket, and Boutell started the reply with some glorious cuts through the off-side, making it look like a short afternoon was in the offing. However, Boxall started to find his length with left arm in-swingers at a decent pace, and was capably supported by Pat Murphy who bowled a marathon 20 of the 42 overs in the innings. Fernhurst lost 3 wickets for the first 54 runs, but Mike Allen then joined the fray and again looked supremely comfortable with a rapid 49. Even when he fell to a straight one from Murphy, Fernhurst looked in a solid position on 110 for 4 with plenty of overs left. However, the Elstead bowling got tighter, and the Fernhurst run rate dropped away despite the efforts of Ian Mayfield and James Bristow. Somehow the runs dried up to the point that 5 runs were needed from the last over and, as the last ball came down the scores were tied with Fernhurst needing 1 run to win with 2 wickets in hand. Unfortunately, Bristow played through the shot and skied on to mid-on, who did well to take the catch under pressure. That left Fernhurst on 166 for 9 from 42 overs.

As if the disappointment of another missed opportunity wasn't enough, Fernhurst's day was soured further by the discovery that they would have received more points if they had been all out (5 points for a Tie) rather than managed to finish with a wicket in hand (4 points for a winning draw batting second). Surely a ridiculous anomaly, and something that will be particularly painful if the season continues to a tight finish.

With two games left Kingsley and Fernhurst are now on level averages, but Pirbright are still firmly in the race - particularly given a very timely run of form as the finish line approaches.

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

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

Elstead II Bowling

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Elstead II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
166 (0.0 overs)

Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI Bowling

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