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Morris makes a fine start for in-form Falkland

All four Falkland sides won at the weekend.

Richard Morris smashed 93 as Falkland cruised to a 153-run victory over Wokingham 2nd to maintain their unbeaten start to their ThamesValley Cricket League Division 1 campaign.

Former Berkshire skipper Morris combined for a 119-run partnership with captain James Bird (50) to put the visitors in a commanding position.

Tom Ettridge in action for Falkland
Tom Ettridge in action for Falkland

Bird was caught just after reaching his half century but Morris stuck around to add another 49 runs alongside Brandon Gilmour as the two batters went on the attack, with Morris’ superb 93 coming from just 99 balls and including 10 boundaries.

Morris was denied successive centuries when he was trapped lbw but Gilmour continued to impress, bludgeoning his way to 57 at a strike rate of 116.

Falkland’s eventual total of 271 could have been even better had the tail managed to make an impact, but none of the final five batters reached double figures as the visitors were dismissed with an over to spare.

Fresh from his hard-hitting half century, Gilmour removed both Wokingham openers cheaply while Callum Johnson (2-36) also did some early damage as the hosts limped to 51/4.

That paved the way for a devastating spell from Daminda Kolugala, who took 4-17 from 7.2 overs, as Wokingham were dismissed for 118 inside 36 overs.

The second team chased down 201 against Fleet to win with a single ball to spare in a thrilling Division 3a clash.

Falkland won the toss and put Fleet in to bat, restricting them to 88/6 before some impressive runs in the middle order helped the visitors recover well to post 201.

Both Graham Beal and Aaron Graham picked up three wickets apiece, while Aaryan Shariff finished with two.

The hosts made a poor start with the bat, limping to 77/6 before skipper Duncan Johnson (61) and Shariff (52) combined to put on 110 runs in a match-winning seventh wicket stand.

Johnson’s late dismissal brought Sunil Sharma to the crease, but the tail ender held his nerve as Falkland scored the winning runs from the penultimate ball of the innings.

Falkland's third team had been made to wait for their season opener, but three wickets for Soorya Anbumurasoli and a hard-fought 52 for skipper James Bloodworth meant it was more than worthwhile as they beat Newbury 2nd by two wickets.

Meanwhile, Jan Kriel finished with stunning figures of 1-3 and skipper Neil Rider scored an unbeaten 33 as the development side beat Outlaws 2.0 by three wickets.

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