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Date Opponents Location Result
May 11Steeple LangfordHomeWon

Farley opened the season in style with an 86 run win at home to a weakened Steeple Langford.
Inserted on a slightly damp track, Farley’s openers found runs hard to come by against Nick Partridge and Chris Miles. Ramesh Gurung looked to be hitting his stride, having crashed two boundaries, before he was trapped in front. It proved a familiar tale as Farley’s top four were all LBW, having settled in. Binay Gurung’s 25 was the most fluent.
At 109-5, around the halfway point, Farley looked to be struggling but then Marc Burton joined Mark Fower in a pivotal partnership. The pair added 104 at a run a ball, taking full advantage of the less experienced Langford bowlers. Fower, in his first League game for Farley in almost two decades, eventually fell to the returning Partridge for an excellent 48 and Burton soon followed for 44.
The Farley tail fell away, unable to claim the final batting point, and finished on 222 all out. Partridge and Tom Complin both claimed 3-36.
Burton was into the action immediately with the ball, providing an opening spell full of movement before bowling Hughes with a lovely slower delivery. At the other end Sandesh Lama, on Farley debut, settled into a fantastic rhythm, conceding just eight runs in a seven over spell that constantly threatened.
Manny Gurung removed Adam McNeily to leave Langford 23-2 after 14 overs. Partridge then joined his skipper Nick Mundy in what proved the key partnership. While Mundy was the more watchful, Partridge went on the counter, peppering the leg side fence as he raced to a 33 ball half century. Having given him a couple of lives, Farley were relieved when Partridge skied a flighted delivery from Paul Roberts. The chance was safely pouched by Fower and when Ramesh Gurung cleaned up Mundy the following over, the Langford threat was gone.
Roberts (4-29) and Gurung (2-16) worked their way through the lower order, and Burton applied the finish, hitting the bails of last man Complin to leave Langford 136 all out.

May 18Paultons IIAwayWon

Sandesh Lama's clean striking saw Farley over the line in an absorbing game at Paultons II. Coming in at number 10 with 15 still required, Lama fended off a couple before going on the offensive. In the 43rd over, he hit three big blows down the ground, the second a stunning straight six, to earn his side a two wicket victory.

Lama had earlier claimed the key scalp of Paultons skipper Andrew Collins, whose 63 was by some distance the highest score of a day on which batting was never easy. After Farley had chosen to field first, Marc Burton made exemplary use of the damp track, moving the ball sharply both through the air off the pitch. He bowled his nine overs through, taking 2 for 18 and was desperately unlucky not to pick up more wickets. 

Manny Gurung then got into the action, reducing Paultons to 48-4 in the 20th over. That brought Collins to the crease, but even he had to temper his usual aggression in the face of excellent bowling. Ramesh Gurung bowled a characteristically tight spell as did Sam Waters (2-26), and after the returning Lama captured Collins, it was only some tail-end scampering that helped the home side to 153-8.

Farley found batting no easier against the strong Paultons attack. Andy Coveney sought to dig in, and was third out with the score at 66, at the halfway mark. Manny Gurung looked more fluent than most, topscoring with 32 before having his bails trimmed. Marc Burton added a run a ball 23 but when he fell, so did Farley's hopes. Lama, however, had other ideas, to the delight of Farley's travelling supporters.

May 25ShrewtonHomeLost

A lacklustre Farley slipped to a 39 run defeat at home to a spirited Shrewton II.

The visitors elected to bat and got off to a flyer through Tom Pottage who struck 41 off 30 balls. After he fell, Farley inched back into the game with Marc Burton (3-28) cutting a swathe through the middle order to reduce Shrewton to 99-6.

Darren Bentley joined skipper Chris Newbury in a pivotal stand of 75. Bentley was dismissed for 29, becoming one of four victims for Jake Hand, but Newbury remained undefeated on 58, seeing his side to 210 all out.

Farley's openers were both back in the hutch inside seven overs, as Jack Vallis (3-36) found a good rhythm. James Melhorn and Manny Gurung sought to repair the damage, and had taken the score to 92 before Melhorn hit a return catch to Tim Barnett. 

From there, wickets fell quickly - Barnett claiming 4-18 - as only Gurung (44) and Mark Fower (34) provided much resistance. Farley were all out for 171 with some 11 overs still to bowl.

June 1Pylwell ParkAwayWon

It was a blistering return to form for Farley, demolishing Pylewell Park for 97 after the hosts elected to bat. Then, with Ramesh Gurung quickly into his stride, Farley chased the target down in 15.1 overs. Gurung was merciless on anything remotely short, smashing 10 boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 63 off 46 balls. Andy Coveney had also looked in prime form before he fell for a stylish 28 with victory in sight.

The foundations of the win were laid by a parsimonious performance from the Farley attack, backed up by a solid display in the field. Marc Burton bowled six overs for six runs, as the home side struggled to reach three an over. But it was the introduction of Sam Waters that began to find a way through; Waters claimed 3 for 9 in a beautifully controlled nine over stint. Matt Doe looked to up the rate but was bowled by Paul Roberts (3-25) and Pylewell didn't help themselves, gifting Farley two run outs. Gurung (2-10) closed the innings, courtesy of a razor-sharp Jon Burton stumping.

The nine wicket win puts Farley up to fourth in CD4W.

June 8Lyndhurst & AshurstHomeWon

A relentless bowling and fielding performance saw Farley to a 10 run win at home to Lyndhurst & Ashurst – despite being bundled out for 94 inside 25 overs.
Having been inserted, Farley got off to a flyer, as Ramesh Gurung hit three boundaries in the first over. However, he then perished to a lifter from Mark Lawless, setting a pattern for the afternoon.
Andy Coveney held firm against the bounce and variation, making his way to 28 – which would prove to be the game’s highest score. However, after he was yorked by James Clark, Farley fell away. Clark claimed five wickets in eleven balls, finding extra bounce from just short of a length.
While Lyndhurst went into tea the happier, the Farley attack saw plenty in the pitch to inspire them and Marc Burton found the edge of the prolific Simon Park in his second over. Sandesh Lama enjoyed the bounce too, as Comport nicked off and Lyndhurst found runs hard to come by – Burton finishing with 1-12 off his nine overs.
Veteran Dave Agha dug in, and found an ally in the aggressive Chad Bhutta. But Ramesh Gurung removed them both in a stellar spell of 4-13 – Agha’s 21 coming off 79 balls.
Sam Waters got in on the action, claiming 2-20, the second courtesy of a stunning one handed catch by Mike Covill at leg slip to reduce the visitors to 70-8.
Still Farley attacked and after Manny Gurung had Lawless stumped, Paul Roberts induced visiting skipper Matt Park to play on to seal the win.

June 15Sway IIAwayWon

Winning the toss, Farley elected to bowl on a surprisingly dry track. Marc Burton and Geoff Ramsey found plenty of movement from the off, and it was Burton who struck early, pinning Clark in front. Second wicket pair Millard and Charton dug in and had taken the score to 70 at drinks before Ramesh Gurung tempted Charton into a flashing drive that flew to slip. 

With the pitch offering little assistance, Farley kept things tight - Gurung going for just 14 off his 9 overs - and steadily picked up wickets. Millard made his way to a gritty 72 off 128 balls before Paul Roberts removed him in the 41st over. The returning Burton claimed two late scalps to finish with 3-26, as Sway made their way to 161-8 with some frantic running between the wickets.

Farley's response began fortuitously with both Ramesh Gurung and Mike Covill enjoying a couple of early lives. They took full advantage, taking the score to 81 in the fourteenth over before Covill was leg before to a sharp turning delivery from Sway skipper How. Gurung progressed to 75 at better than a run a ball before he was finally caught with the score on 115 as Farley lost three wickets in five overs.

Manny Gurung and Jon Burton then settled in to make sure there were no more alarms. Manny was unusually watchful, and waited for anything overpitched to ease through the covers. He was just looking to open up when he was trapped in front for 28, but three Burton boundaries saw Farley home in the 39th over. 

June 22Fawley II

A straightforward win for Farley's first team, down at Fawley, on the back of another outstanding performance in the field. Marc Burton led the way, bowling his nine overs for just three runs and claiming two wickets. Manny Gurung was almost as frugal, as Fawley struggled to get the rate up to 2 an over. Sam Burton and Geoff Ramsey both grabbed their first victims of the campaign and Sam Waters (3-13) finished things off - Fawley all out for 85 in the 39th over.

By contrast, Farley had 17 on the board at the end of the first over as Ramesh Gurung took full advantage of some loose bowling. He added 52 with Ramsey before the latter played on. There were no further alarms, as Ramesh proceeded to his third half century of the summer, Farley winning by nine wickets inside 12 overs.

June 29EllinghamHomeLost

Farley slipped to an agonising defeat at home to Ellingham, despite putting 273-8 on the board. The hosts had reduced Ellingham to 92-5 in response, with two wickets apiece for Sam Waters and Sam Burton,  before Jimmy Edwards joined captain Sean Leadbetter. The pair added an unbroken 182 for the sixth wicket as Farley wilted in the heat, Edwards with a belligerent 117 and Leadbetter 80. Edwards finished the game in the 43rd over with his fifth six.
Farley's total had been built on a century stand between Geoff Ramsey (71) and Jon Burton (41) - consolidating after three early wickets. Marc Burton then pushed the accelerator, smashing 57 in 30 balls, aided by some sweet striking from Manny Gurung (24), Sandesh Lama (17*) and Sam Burton (11*). It should have been enough for victory, but Ellingham had other ideas.

July 6Redlynch & Hale II

Having bowled the visitors out for 168, Farley reached the same score for just four wickets down and with 12 overs remaining - but then lost three more to Jack Cobern (3-38) and Jack Sobucinski searching the final run. It eventually came from the bat of Sandesh Lama, securing the victory but at the cost of two bonus points.

The stuttering batting display came after a disciplined bowling and fielding performance, with Sam Waters (5-35) to the fore. Farley had inserted Redlynch and kept things tight from the off. First change Marc Burton claimed the first victim, bowling Ben Lindsay for 12 before the experienced Nathan Pollard and Ian Stevens sought to consolidate. Both went past their half centuries in a standard of 92, without ever getting fully on top. Manny Gurung in particular caused plenty of anxious moments in his nine over spell and was unfortunate to end up wicketless.

The introduction of Ramesh Gurung found the breakthrough, bowling Pollard for 54 in the 30th over. Farley put the squeeze on, and aided by two run outs and some good catching, worked their way through the lower order in quick time. No-one else made double figures.

Ramesh Gurung and Andy Coveney then gave Farley a quick start before Coveney was caught and bowled for fluent 24. Gurung progressed to 56 before being trapped in front by the persevering Dom Sell. It should have been straightforward from there, but Farley made it otherwise.

July 13 Whiteparish Away  Won
The first eleven took the trip over Pepperbox Hill and found a track that looked like it might offer something for the bowlers, so were not disappointed when home skipper Martin Ball elected to bat. Sam Burton and Manny Gurung immediately made the new ball talk and Gurung claimed the first scalp, but then it was the Marc Burton show. 
Finding pace, lift and movement, Marc proved almost unplayable as he ripped through the Parish middle order. Four batsmen were clean bowled with inswinging yorkers; two fell to catches behind the wicket. Marc finished with 6 for 12 off his nine overs as Parish fell to 57-7 off 30. Jim Dovey attempted to restore some pride, striking six boundaries as he reached an unbeaten 30 but Sam Burton returned to take two in an over, the Whiteparish innings all over at 88.
Whiteparish's own left arm seamer Barney Orr caused a few anxious moments for the Farley opening pair of Iain De Weymarn and Andy Coveney, but the spin attack at the other end offered friendlier fare. De Weymarn cashed in, hitting nine fours and a straight six as he raced to a 48-ball half century. A swept four took him to the landmark and sealed the maximum points victory inside 18 overs.
July 20BurleyHomeWon

The first team hosted Burley, who had enjoyed a high-scoring win the previous week. Regardless, Farley asked their visitors to bat first and Marc Burton struck early. That brought together Burley's key pair, the prolific Kieron Hudson and in-form James Brown. 

Brown timed the ball well from the start and it took a peach of a delivery from Manny Gurung to remove him, the late movement trimming his bails. Hudson meanwhile enjoyed lives off both bowlers as he struggled to cope with the swing and seam. While he somehow survived, Gurung (pictured) claimed two more scalps, including a sharp return catch from Burley skipper Moorman, to finish with 3-28.

Hudson found life just as tough against change bowler Geoff Ramsey, who bowled his nine overs for just 15 runs, without reward, but the returning Burton had him trapped in front for 42 and the tail folded quickly. Burley were all out for 88.

Burley's opening attack was equally tight and Mark Fower and Iain De Weymarn found few freebies. Brown removed De Weymarn and James Roberts picked up a couple of victims at the other end, but Fower fought hard to bring the target in reach before he was bowled for 27, Mike Covill looked to up the ante, using his feet well against the spin of Wetherall. He fell to a decent catch but Jon Burton ensured no more alarms, Farley reaching the target for the loss of five wickets to move top of the County Division 4 West table. 

July 27 Hyde Away Won

A seven-wicket win at Hyde wasn't enough for Farley to retain pole position in County Division 4 West.

Because they only claimed 23 points, Farley slipped 0.05 points behind Bournemouth III, who visit Coronation Field this Saturday.

Farley's victory was once again built on the back of a fine bowling performance. Marc Burton claimed two early scalps, before Hyde captain Chris Shutler consolidated alongside Will Hayward. The pair added 51 before Geoff Ramsey disturbed Shutler's timbers for a well-made 62. 

Ramsey then hit the stumps twice more, on his way to 4-9 - figures matched by the returning Burton, as Hyde were all for 125.

With the Hyde attack shorn of a couple of key bowlers, the chase was relatively untroubled, concluding in 26 overs. Every batsman got into double figures, but three were dismissed - the third wicket proving crucial to Farley's points tally.

Aug 3Bournemouth III

A classy unbeaten 75 from Iain De Weymarn saw Farley to victory in the CD4W top-of-the-table clash with Bournemouth III
Showing a full face in defence and capitalising on anything short, De Weymarn was the only batsman on either side who seemed wholly settled in the face of some quality bowling.
Marc Burton, as usual, had led the way for Farley, claiming four wickets in his opening spell after the visitors had elected to bat. But from 35-4, Bournemouth’s middle order showed some resistance. Elliot Baczala hit some fine drives in his half century before Manny Gurung found a little extra to get him caught behind.
Sam Waters then claimed a couple of quick wickets to leave Bournemouth on 124-8 before Reuben Kitson hit some late order runs to take his side to 165. Kitson was run out off the final ball for 43.
In response, Ramesh Gurung crashed some gorgeous boundaries on his way to a run a ball 35 – but was cut in half a few times by the bounce of Ollie Breckon. The opening stand of 64 had given Farley an excellent platform, allowing the hosts to proceed watchfully against the wily Paul Garlick. But runs came at the other end, despite a couple of unfortunate LBWs. At 130-5, Geoff Ramsey joined De Weymarn and the pair ensured there were no more alarms.

Aug 10Breamore
AwayWaterlogged pitch
Aug 17Southampton Travellers
Aug 24MottisfontHome
Aug 31Winton II

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