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The weather was the eventual winner in most of this weekend's Thames Valley Cricket League Division One fixtures – of the five matches that were played, four, including Falkland's, were abandoned due to conditions.

Falkland travelled to bottom side Burnham in search of some much needed points.

Having won the toss and batted, Falkland lost two early wickets and slipped to 33/2.

The watchful Danny Williams (36) and the impressive Brandon Gilmour (58) added 87 in a crucial third wicket partnership as Falkland rebuilt to 119/3.

Ben Piper made a run-a-ball 37 before he was dismissed by Nelon Pascal – he was one of four wickets for the former West Indies international.

James McClellan then smashed 47 from 31 balls while debutant Rowan Hathaway added a quick-fire 28 from 14 as Falkland posted 278/9.

Falkland started well with the ball. A wicket apiece for Charlie Dale, Sagar Chhabria and Brandon Gilmour limited Burnham to 75/3 from 25 overs when rain and bad light came to their rescue and the game was suspended and then abandoned.

Falkland nevertheless took home 12 points and remain eighth in the table, level on points with seventh placed side Cookham Dean.

Falkland 2nd beat Henley 3rd thanks to fantastic performances from opening batsmen Craig Williams and James Ettridge.

Craig Williams
Craig Williams

Henley had earlier declared on 276/6. Seamer Edan Camplin (2-69) and spinner Graham Beal (1-69) combined well – the pair bowled 29 overs between them on a pitch that favoured the batters.

Openers Williams and Ettridge then made an opening stand of 135 for Falkland before Williams was dismissed for 77.

Falkland then slipped from 135/0 to 187/3 but the crucial wicket of Ettridge eluded Henley's bowlers – he passed 100 and remained unbeaten on 127 as his side secured a comfortable seven wicket win.

James Ettridge
James Ettridge

It was an afternoon to forget for Falkland 3rd as they suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Hurst 2nd.

Hurst batted first and reached a commanding 381/5 before Falkland were skittled for 115 – 266 runs short of the visitors total.

Falkland's development side restricted Earley to 210 all-out thanks to 4-19 from captain Neil Rider.

A youthful opening pairing of Charlie Mabbatt and Prakrit Bhaghat put on a high tempo unbeaten 71.

That meant that when the heavens opened and the rain came down Falkland were ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis score and so secured maximum points to remain top of the table.



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