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Falkland dropped to eighth in Division 1 of the Thames Valley Cricket League following a third defeat in four games against Henley 2s.

Falkland won the toss and elected to bat but lost wickets at all too regular intervals and were dismissed for a disappointing 162.

It could've been much worse were it not for late resistance from tailenders Ben Piper, who made 29 not out, and Jason Williams, who added 24.

James Bloodworth
James Bloodworth

That left Falkland's bowlers with lots of work to do and in spite of a wicket each for Brandon Gilmour, James Bird and Sagar Chhabria, Henley's batsmen reached 165/3 in just 20 overs, winning by seven wickets.

There was better news for Falkland 2s who beat Cove 2s by 23 runs in a high scoring game in Division 4a.

Cove put Falkland in to bat but openers Craig Williams and James Ettridge combined for an opening stand of 71.

Craig Williams
Craig Williams

That laid solid foundations and the middle order pushed Falkland's total to a formidable 310/7.

Charlie Hamlin made 65 in an innings that included 10 boundaries and Duncan Johnson hit eight fours on his way to 53.

Cove battled hard but were eventually dismissed for 287 thanks to four wickets from Gul Afridi and two for Alex Kerr.

Charlie Hamlin
Charlie Hamlin

Falkland's unbeaten start to the season sees them top of the table on 90 points.

Falkland 3rd won for the first time this season, beating Maidenhead and Bray 3rd by three wickets in Division 7A.

Falkland surpassed Maidenhead’s 188-9 in 33 overs thanks to confident innings from Aaron Graham (33no) and George Hawkins (28no).

Matt Wooldridge
Matt Wooldridge

The development side made it four wins from four after thrashing Emmbrook and Bearwood.

John Woodbridge made 147 as Falkland posted 312/4 - their largest total for five years.

Kev Smith smashed through the tail, taking four wickets without conceding a single run, after Izzy Storar (3-27) and Holly Rider (2-33) had removed Emmbrook's top order.



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