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Four wins from four for fantastic Falkland CC

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It was a memorable weekend for Falkland Cricket Club as all four sides won for the first time this season.

The first team travelled to Eversley and, having won the toss and elected to bat, were all out for 328.

Opener Brandon Gilmour made a superb 99, Richard Morris added 56 and Tom Ettridge smashed a quickfire 47 from 31 balls.

Gilmour then produced sensational bowling figures of 7-52 as Eversley were dismissed for 216, 112 runs short of Falkland's total, leaving little doubt as to who was man of the match.

Former Thatcham players James Ettridge and Duncan Johnson returned to haunt their former team as Falkland 2nd recorded a comfortable six wicket win over local rivals Thatcham 2nd to keep them firmly in the Division 4a promotion picture, just four points behind leaders Wokingham 3rd.

Graham Beale (left) with Falkland captain Duncan Johnson
Graham Beale (left) with Falkland captain Duncan Johnson

Thatcham's batters proved unable to cope with their former teammate Johnson who finished with figures of 6-37 as he helped restrict his old side to 201 all-out.

Duncan Johnson finished with figures of 6-37
Duncan Johnson finished with figures of 6-37

Ettridge, opening the batting, then anchored Falkland's innings as his side surpassed Thatcham's total in less than 33 overs.

He combined well with Sam Trumper (53) for a valuable 105 partnership.

The former Thatcham batsman finished unbeaten on 80 alongside Johnson, who made 31 not out, as Falkland cruised to victory.

Thatcham batsmen Ali Cooper and Chris Rochfort
Thatcham batsmen Ali Cooper and Chris Rochfort

Falkland 3rd beat Division 7a high-flyers White Waltham in a dramatic match that went right down to the wire.

Aaron Graham (5-44) was instrumental as Falkland restricted the league leaders to 207 all-out.

Falkland openers Rob Marson (55) and Charlie Mabbatt (33) survived dangerous initial bowling spells to combine for an important opening stand of 89.

When John Woodbridge was caught for a valuable 46, it looked as though the game might be beyond Falkland.

The last wicket pairing of George Hawkins and Alex Kerr had other ideas, however, and combined for a match winning 29 runs to see Falkland across the line with just one wicket to spare.

Falkland's development side remain unbeaten this season following a comprehensive win against Shinfield 4th.

Max Seaward starred with both bat and ball – he finished with figures of 2-21 as Shinfield collapsed to 135 all-out and then made 74 with the bat to secure another comfortable win for the league leaders.

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