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Falkland's tough start to the Division 1 season continues following a comprehensive 101-run defeat to Ickenham.

Falkland won the toss and chose to bowl. Tom Ettridge made a great start, two quick wickets restricting the home side to 17-2.

Falkland continued to bowl well, Ettridge (3-59) supported by Gul Afridi (2-36), James Bird (1-42) and Charlie Dale (1-45), but some big hitting from Ickenham's middle order took them to 276-8.

Tom Ettridge - spin it to win it
Tom Ettridge - spin it to win it

Falkland couldn't have made a worse start. Both openers, James Bird and James Ettridge, were dismissed for first-ball ducks.

Brandon Gilmour (33), Anthony Hennis (47) and Tom Ettridge (62) batted well to steady the ship, but a late collapse saw Falkland slip to 175 all-out inside 38 overs.

There was much better news for Falkland 2XI who made it two wins from two in Division 4a thanks to a comfortable seven wicket win against Maidenhead and Bray 2XI.

Maidenhead won the toss and opted to bat on what looked like a good wicket at a gloriously sunny Enborne Lodge.

Falkland, however, made things difficult for Maidenhead's batsmen and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Mark Baker (3-23) was the pick of the bowlers, and there were also wickets for Liam Cooper (2-41), Duncan Johnson (2-16) and Will Herrington (2-20).

That meant that Maindenhead were all-out for 163 in 42 overs.

Opening batsmen James Bloodworth and Max Seaward started Falkland's innings well with a partnership of 46 before Seaward was out lbw.

Bloodworth was in fine form and ended the innings unbeaten on 56. Charlie Hamlin (46) and Duncan Johnson (21 not out), steered Falkland to 164-3 inside 25 overs.

Falkland 3XI are rock bottom of Division 7a after a disappointing eight wicket defeat to Slough 5XI.

Falkland lost the toss and were put into bat on a difficult wicket.

In spite of a determined innings from Kunal Patel (21), Falkland were dismissed for 94 in less than 30 overs.

Slough were in bullish mood and chased down Falkland's total in 11.4 overs, despite wickets from Peter Randall (1-21) and Josh Allen (1-18).

Falkland's development side trounced Woodcote 2XI to continue their impressive start to the season.

Woodcote won the toss and chose to bowl - a decision their captain would soon come to regret.

John Woodbridge (127) and Holly Rider (68) posted a mammoth 199-run opening partnership, Woodbridge celebrating his first hundred for the club.

There was still time for some more runs, and Falkland finished their innings on a commanding 249-4.

Falkland's bowlers picked up where the batters had left off.

There were wickets for Kheeyan Shariff, Izzy Storrar and Pakrit Bhagat before a blistering four-wicket spell from Jan Kriel skittled Woodcote for 127.



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