Fernhurst Cricket Club I'Anson 1st XI v Kingsley on Sat 21 May 2011 at 14:00
Match was Drawn Losing Draw

Match report Fortress Fernhurst Holds Out

But Only After Kingsley Score A Hatful Of Runs !

The battle between the two promoted sides looked likely to be a real non-event, as Fernhurst struggled to raise a team again as the injury crisis continued. However, in the end, despite a clear gulf in class between the teams on the day, this proved to be a tense encounter with good performances by players on both sides.

Fernhurst won the toss and opted to field, which was a brave choice given that 3 of their 4 bowlers were carrying injuries which should have prevented them from taking the field. However, desperate times call for desperate measures and the bowlers were incredibly unfortunate not to get an early breakthrough as both James Bristow and Bill Gourlay had good chances that didn't quite go to hand in the slips. However, luck was not on their side with both Parrott and J.Randell taking advantage of this to push the runs along at just over 4 an over. Parrott was starting to look extremely comfortable and was using the pace on the ball to smash boundaries through the off side. Randell was first to fall as, finally, things went Fernhurst's way and Bristow forced an edge to Dowdell's gloves. The wicket only brought false hope, as the arrival of McNally would see the Kingsley batsmen settle and form a formidable partnership that would plunder 172 runs.

Mike Allen and Harry Lambert were now in the bowling attack,something which neither of their doctor's would have been happy about, and did well to keep plugging away. Lambert would eventually have something to smile about as McNally's attempt to clear the boundary caught the toe of the bat and fell short into Mike Allen's safe hands, going for 75. Parrott was still there, survived a simple dropped catch, and pushed the run rate along as 40 overs were passed. Oli Cooper, at the other end, had the simple aim of scoring runs quickly, which he did well despite surviving several shots where another coat of varnish on the stumps would have seen him bowled. Kingsley finally decided to put Fernhurst out of their misery after 43 overs, with a monstrous 281 for 2 on the board. Parrott finishing unbeaten on an excellent 121* and Cooper still there on 27*.

Fernhurst had a mountain to climb, but James Bristow and Harry Lambert set about the Kingsley bowling as if the task might be possible with an early run rate of 5 per over. However, when Bristow fell to Francis in the 5th over with just 28 on the board, it became clear that today was not going to be a day for run chasing. With the batting order reversed, it now became a question of whether the remaining batsmen could hold out for 42 more overs. As the Fernhurst "tail-enders" became a significant roadblock for Kingley's bowlers, they rang the changes, but it wasn't until Nick Randell came into the attack that much progress was made. Harry Lambert was playing his natural game, with some beautiful drives through the offside taking him to 33 before he fell to Randell. Randell would take another 4 wickets, as the middle order put up stubborn resistance, and it took 23 overs for the first 6 wickets to fall with the score just 69.

At this point Kingsley would have fancied their chances, but it was only a year ago that Mike Allen and Bill Gourlay had chased down a large total to secure victory, now they had to survive 20 overs in order to earn the draw. Randell was surprisingly withdrawn from the attack at this stage, and an assortment of other bowlers failed to force many chances against some very stubborn resistance. The game was actually reaching something of a lull, with 120 on the board after 43 overs, but then on came J.Randell. The first over didn't show much hope for Kingsley as M.Allen comfortably dispatched a succession of boundaries, but then J.Randell started to find his line and bowled two beautiful inswinging yorkers that would have dismissed most batsmen. Time was running out for Kingsley, but in the 46th over with just 10 balls left, Randell bowled a beauty that crept through Allen's defence and bowled him for 36. Gourlay was still there and as now joined by Josh Allen, who saw out the rest of the over. So, 6 balls left, Kingsley skipper Oli Cooper bowling, and Josh Allen facing, with plenty of tense faces on the pitch and looking on from the Fernhurst pavilion. Cooper's first ball was a good inswinger, and Allen pushed forward but caught an inside edge which ricocheted onto the stumps. Kingsley were buoyant, and Fernhurst were wondering whether their patient work had been in vain. Paul Dowdell came to the wicket, a timely return from running an errand, and, despite some good testing bowling from Cooper, he managed to comfortably see out the remaining balls. So, Fernhurst reached the 47 over target on 131 for 9, stubbornly securing the losing draw and a valuable 2 points. Kingsley will be disappointed not to have managed to force a win.

Kingsley Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 2 wickets
281 (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 9 wickets

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Bill Gourlay  
James Bristow  
Paul Dowdwell  
Mark Fowler  
Harry Lambert  
Ian Mayfield  
Antony Carr  
Liam Harding  
A.N. Other  
A.N. Other  
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Kingsley Bowling

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