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Falkland's match abandoned after more than 500 runs scored

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Falkland hosted Cookham Dean on Saturday but there was no result due to some late rain.

Cookham batted first and made the most of a flat wicket and a short boundary to post an impressive 339/7 from their 50 overs.

Tom Ettridge (4-76) was the pick of the bowlers, well supported by Brandon Gilmour (1-49).

Falkland's Tom Ettridge finished with figures of 4-76
Falkland's Tom Ettridge finished with figures of 4-76
Falkland's Brandon Gilmour bowled well for figures of 1-49
Falkland's Brandon Gilmour bowled well for figures of 1-49

The match was eventually abandoned when the rain came down with Falkland on 209/4.

Opener James Bird was unbeaten on 106 while Brandon Gilmour made 56 as Falkland secured maximum batting points.

Some excitement in Falkland's slip cordon
Some excitement in Falkland's slip cordon

Falkland 2nd are now winless in their last three outings, but did at least manage to avoid defeat against Taplow.

Taplow won the toss and batted – Mark Baker and Daminda Kolugala produced excellent opening spells but Taplow battled back to finish on 267/3.

Falkland lost opener James Bloodworth early on but Craig Williams and John Woodbridge battled back with a partnership of 63 before Williams was bowled for 37.

Both Woodbridge (66) and new man Hamlin (68) reached half centuries – the pair added 94 for the third wicket.

Falkland were left needing 26 runs off the final over with three wickets in hand but captain Duncan Johnson was content to settle for a draw and opted to defend the final six balls.

Falkland 3rd travelled to Fleet 2nd looking to avenge last weekend's nine run defeat to Kidmore End.

Having won the toss, Falkland put Fleet in to bat – the home side made a steady start but bowling changes at both ends resulted in a wicket each for Stephen Clarke and Aiden Kriel as Fleet slipped from 56/0 to 56/2.

Max Seaward (3-33) finished as the pick of the bowlers as Fleet finished on 249/6.

Opener Rob Marson anchored the innings impressively for Falkland but he lost two partners in quick succession to leave the score at 58/2.

That brought Matt Richardson to the crease and the pair put on 92 before Marson was bowled for 80.

Richardson (72 not out) was there at the end but Falkland fell 10 runs short – fine margins the difference at the moment.

It was a memorable Father's Day for Falkland's Neil Rider – he spent much of his time at the crease watching from the non-striker's end as his daughter, Holly, smashed 104 not-out in the development side's top of the table clash against Checkendon 2nd.

Rider's first league hundred as well as 95 from Brad Arlington helped Falkland chase 242 – the development side's biggest ever run chase.

Falkland Women kicked off their first division season against Knebworth.

Falkland suffered an early wobble but a 136 run partnership between Lottie Aird (95) and Ellie Upton (54) helped them post 229.

Knebworth's batters made use of their extra experience to chase the total down with relative ease, but Falkland can take plenty of positives for the season ahead.

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