Beddington v. Farnham on Saturday 24th June 2017

Farnham              144 (Moolman 4-31, Cummins 4-39)

Beddington        147-2 S. Lewis 63*, Bajwa 47, Moolman 25*)

Beddington won by 8 wickets

Beddington returned to winning form on Saturday as they convincingly beat Farnham by 8 wkts. With key players now returning to both form and fitness, it is certain that skipper Simon Lewis will be expecting some better performances as the season progresses.

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Farnham won the toss and a little surprisingly, in the overcast conditions, elected to bat first. So both captains were happy. Farnham started quite well with Joel Walker outscoring his more senior partner Guy Hicks somewhat comfortably. In fact, in the ninth over Hicks was the first to go caught behind by Eliot Chmielinski off Beddington’s “wicket-machine” Ryan Cummins. But Joel Walker was finding little in the way of support as Farnham slumped from 31-0 to 53-4 – with the first 3 wickets all falling to Cummins. Walker flourished for a while but when he was sixth out, caught behind off Kyle Moolman for 62, the writing was on the wall for Farnham. Kyle Moolman mopped up most of the tail and Farnham ended up with a meagre 144.

Beddington always expect Fawad Bajwa to come out with all guns blazing but he had only 5 scoring shots in his first 24 balls! His new partner Parth Vyas was moving along steadily until he was most brilliantly by Osborne off O’Mahony whose wickets last week toppled table leaders Banstead. Bajwa continued to progress sedately to 47 before being out with the score on 68. From there it was plain sailing for Simon Lewis and Kyle Moolman.  Lewis (63*), in particular, seemed to want the game over as quickly as possible as he bludgeoned the Farnham bowling to all areas of the ground. Moolman joined in the fun with a bright and breezy 25 not out and the much-needed win for Beddington was accomplished.

Beddington have another important game next Saturday at Home to Leatherhead.