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Falkland got off the mark in their Division 1 campaign thanks to a convincing 92 run win over Gerrards Cross.

Falkland were put into bat but struggled to find their rhythm, slumping to 27/3 and then 86/5.

Having lost their opening two games of the campaign, Falkland battled back to post 191 all-out from 49.1 overs.

Ben Piper scored a determined 37, Sam Trumper added 29 and Tom Ettridge hit 24.

Falkland's bowlers made a fast start - Tom Ettridge took two early wickets and finished with impressive figures of 2-13 from eight overs.

Falkland kept the pressure on and Jason Williams (4-15) skittled the tail to bowl Gerrards Cross out for 99 and earn Falkland some much needed points.

Jason Williams claimed 4-15 for Falkland
Jason Williams claimed 4-15 for Falkland

Falkland 2s sit top of the Division 4a table after a third consecutive win of the season against Finchampstead 3s.

Falkland won the toss and opted to bat.

Opener Craig Williams hit 50 and Charlie Hamlin 78 as Falkland posted 255/5 from their 45 overs.

Captain Duncan Johnson shuffled his pack and opened the bowling with Daminda Kolugala - it proved an inspired decision as the off-spinner removed both Finchampstead's openers.

Finchampstead battled back but Alex Kerr and Liam Cooper took crucial wickets to tip the balance in Falkland's favour.

Duncan Johnson (4-41) and Graham Beal (1-46) saw off the tail to bowl Finchampstead all-out for 246 and clinch an exciting nine run win.

In Division 7a, Falkland 3s lost a close contest to Newbury 2s.

Falkland won the toss and put Newbury into bat.

Falkland took a couple of early wickets but Newbury's middle order responded well and two impressive half centuries took their total to 213/6.

Falkland stuttered to 7/2 before a 115 run partnership between Marson (74) and Richardson (49) put Falkland in a commanding position.

It wasn't to be, though, and Falkland collapsed to 202 all out and an 11 run defeat.

Falkland's development side continued their unbeaten start to the season following a 41 run win over Crowthorne and Crown Wood 3s.

Falkland's openers were in dominant mood once again - Charlie Mabbatt scored a patient 43 and in-form Holly Rider a magnificent 96 not out.

Falkland posted 200/5 and smart bowling from Kev Smith and Prakrit Bhaghat ensured Crowthorne never threatened in response.



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