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Falkland squeeze home by a wicket

Sri Lankan double act seals narrow success

Malcolm Howe



Falkland squeeze home by a wicket

FALKLAND climbed into the top half of the Morrant Thames Valley League Division One table after a narrow one-wicket win over visiting Windsor at Enborne Lodge.

A low-scoring game saw Windsor shot out for only 86 in the opening no overs limit game with recent arrival Saranga Rajaguru helping himself to six wickets.

He and fellow Sri Lankan Daminda Hologula teamed up to send the visitors crashing from 48-1 and opener Kristan Baumgartner’s 22 was the top score as Rajaguru took 6-22 in his 9.4 overs and Kologuyla 3-14.

But Windsor’s own strike force of Ben Durrant (4-35) and Adam Allen-Turner (4-10) made Falkland sweat on their victory as Falkland crashed to 58-7 with only Paul Jenkins’ 28 holding them up, and although Freddie Lennox’s 17 took them close, last pair Charlie Dale and skipper Craig Williams had to usher their side over the line in the 28th over.

THATCHAM brought a halt to their recent blip when drawing with Chiswick and Whitton in Division Two B.

Thatcham posted 276-6 before declaring after 49 overs with openers Kieran Wood (89) and Josh O’Flynn (55) putting on three figures.

But Aman Chopra’s 71 thwarted Thatcham got long spells and the visitors held out ot total 206-8 after 51 overs to leave Thatcham with 14 points.

FALKLAND II’s surge towards the top of Division Three was brought to a stop as leaders Aldershot II recorded a 104-run victory.

Nigel Trumper pocketed 6-35 to dismiss the home side for 201, but Falkland fell well short at 97 all out with Graham Beal and David Bloor making 28 apiece.

NEWBURY also lost in the same division, going down to Yateley II by five wickets.

Sat Pal and Ed Uden built Newbury's all out total of 169 in 36 overs with their knocks of 75 and 44 respectively, but though Charlie Anstey claimed 4-45 when Yateley responded, 64 apiece from Andy Peace and Chris Petts took the visitors home to 170-5 in 41 overs.





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