Saturday 25th July 2020
Surrey Championship Challenge Cup
It had to happen, didn’t it! Starved of cricket for the best part of the summer we got on to the field only for terminal showers to put an end to both games that were shaping up nicely.
Farnham 62 for 3 (14.5 overs)
v Stoke D’Abernon
At Farnham James Trower won the toss and asked the home side to bat on a green pitch that looked the least likely to have had the stumps put in from the pre-cut tracks inspected on arrival.
Considerable assistance was there for the bowlers; Toby Tarrant and Ben Townsend moved the ball around a lot, and apart from the odd loosener many of the runs were scored behind the wicket.
Townsend struck first when, having beaten Ward all ends up the ball before, induced a leading edge that landed safely in Robbie Blackburn’s hands at mid-off. 19 for 1.
With no addition to the score, in the next over Tarrant opened his account for the season when a full ball hit Hicks in front to give the umpire an easy decision.
Berry and Pope doubled the total, but Farnham were three down when the former steered a ball from Tarrant, (6-2-32-2), to Max Subba Row at slip; a far easier chance than one that flew through him off Townsend, (5-0-16-1), a few minutes earlier.
Pope and Rooney negotiated the next few overs, shared by John Vaughan-Davies and Blackburn, before the rain set in after 14.5 overs with the board showing 62 for 3.
People waited around for a while, talking to each other from safe distance, but in the end it was clear the rain was set in for the day and agreement was reached to pack up and go home.
Farnham 140 for 5 (27.2 overs)
v Stoke D’Abernon
On arrival back at HQ the 2nd XI game had also been abandoned, although it was a little further progressed with 27.2 overs being bowled.
The game started at a frenetic pace with the sides trading runs for wickets; the visitors going at a run a ball or better for most parts of the innings; wickets for Duncan Elder, (1 for 21), Aarav Malhotra, (3 for 44), and Jase Earl, (1 for 23), checking the process of all of the batsmen who got starts but got no further than Marshall who made 31.
Still, a useful bowling and fielding session for all and a few things to work on ahead of next week.
Over the next two weeks we have our double-headers against Normandy and Guildford. Guildord 1s will travel to Stoke next week, and their 2s come to the Rec the week after. Stoke will go to Normandy two weeks running; the 2s going there next week, the 1st the week after.
These are strange times…