Farnham v. Beddington on Saturday 13th May at Farnham
Farnham 154-9 (50 Overs)
Beddington 159-2 (27.4 Overs)
Beddington won by 8 wickets
As befits a side just down from the Premier Division, Beddington bounced back after last week’s disappointment to beat Farnham most comfortably. Simon Lewis won the toss and having thought about batting first, changed his mind due to some mid-morning drizzle and inserted Farnham
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Due to some wayward bowling early on with far too many wides, Farnham were allowed to start brightly although Ryan Cummins did remove Joel Walker with the score on 32. From there on the bowling tightened up considerably, especially Hamid Gondal. Due to stiffness in one shoulder, Ryan Cummins was replaced after only 3 overs by Jack Rogerson. In his fourth over, Rogerson had Toby Davies caught in the slips by Graham Lester and he continually had Guy Hicks playing and missing and was unlucky not to get more than his one wicket. At the other end, Will Bevan replaced Gondal and soon had Nathan Thorpe (nephew of Graeme) caught behind. From thereon, wickets fell regularly to some very much better bowling, including excellent diving catches by Parth Vyas and Seb Chmielinski. Overseas player Kyle Moolman, back for his third season at Beddington, took 2 wickets for only 22 runs in his 10 overs and Will Bevan 1 for only 17. It was due only to 14 wides that Farnham managed a total of 154-9 with Cummins ending up with 3-36.
Last time out at Farnham, Fawad Bajwa scored a century and he was looking forward today’s innings too. However, after 5 boundaries, he was the first to go with the score on 27. Dave White, having struggled a bit early on, started to open out a bit, no doubt encouraged by his captain, Simon Lewis, at the other end punishing any ball pitched short or wide. These two put on 67 before White was out for 32, taking the score to 94-2. Moolman joined Lewis and from there, there was no messing. A succession of boundaries from both batsmen was enough to see Beddington home to a well-earned victory.
Next week Beddington visit Spencer.