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Rain rescues Falkland from almost certain defeat against Boyne Hill

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The rain came to Falkland's rescue this weekend, saving them from defeat at home to Boyne Hill.

Falkland won the toss and elected to field but both Boyne Hill openers made half centuries before Charlie Dale claimed Falkland's first wicket with a smart run out.

Boyne Hill took advantage of a flat wicket and short boundary to declare on 315/3 from 49 overs in an innings that included two centuries.

Falkland's Sunil Sharma was the pick of the bowlers, he stuck to his task well to finish with figures of 1-59 from his 12 overs.

Falkland were unable to replicate Boyne Hill's form with the bat and slumped to 101/8.

Anthony Hennis was unbeaten on 32 when the rain poured down and the match was abandoned – had it not been for his resilient innings, the rain might have arrived too late.

Anthony Hennis
Anthony Hennis

Falkland 2nd travelled to Peppard Stoke Row's picturesque ground and, although the match was eventually abandoned, Falkland picked up 12 points to move to within five of leaders Wokingham 3rd.

Falkland's Duncan Johnson won the toss and opted to bat and James Bloodworth and Charlie Mabbatt combined well to put on 60 for the first wicket.

Mabbatt, on his debut for the second team, acquitted himself really well, timing the ball to perfection before he was dismissed for a fine 26.

Despite that promising start, Falkland lost a succession of quick wickets to slump to 62/3 and then 123/6.

However, Duncan Johnson (49) produced a captain's innings to keep Falkland competitive and some impressive late runs from Callum Johnson, who finished unbeaten on 55, helped Falkland post 209 all out.

Peppard Stoke Row reached 90-2, after a wicket each for Callum Johnson and Graham Beal, when the rain began to fall and the match was abandoned.

Falkland 3rd avoided a fourth consecutive defeat this weekend, securing a much needed 44 run win at Wokingham 5th.

Falkland lost the toss and were put into bat and made 229/4 thanks to 87 from Ollie Hamlin, 59 from Rob Marson and 52 not out from Aaryan Shariff.

At 130/1, Wokingham looked to be in control of the chase but a succession of wickets saw them collapse to 135/4 and then 185 all out.

Kevin Smith starred with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-40.

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