Surrey Championship 2nd XI Div 1
Farnham CC 2nd XI
An incredible unbeaten run of 15 games culminated in a remarkable promotion to the Premier league achieved on the last day of the season in rain affected conditions.
It was difficult to see how anything other than another season of survival would be likely as the first 3 games were all lost. Skipper Ian Thorpe decided to address the situation early and rather than the “Fergie hair treatment” blast of previous years a more considered approach was taken.
What followed was 10 wins, 4 draws and an abandonment which all added up to a second place finish and a return to the Prem after an 8 year absence.
Everyone made vital contributions whether with bat or ball.
Bowling performances of note were, Mike O’Mahony’s 7 wickets supported by Alec Goldsworthy’s 5 slip catches at Walton.
Dom Lloyd’s 11 wickets in 2 games against eventual champs Valley End.
Overall Alec Goldsworthy with 23 wickets at 16 and Dom Lloyd 19 at 17 were the standout performers with the ball and 5 fors from Tom Blackburn, Jamie Jones and Dan Matthews also secured excellent wins.
Batting performances of note were, the only century of the season from Wes Taylor at Worcs Park.
There were 12 other half century plus scores from a number of batsmen some who were then promoted to the 1s, notably Hellyer, Ward and N Thorpe and remained there.
Also pleasing was the emergence of Dan Matthews as a genuine all rounder.
Ultimately the best performance of the season was the ability to bowl 50 overs in under 2 1/2 hours on the last Saturday against OW’s leaving just enough time to receive back 20.3 overs before the rains fell and to secure a win on run rate.
Thanks to everyone, especially Dave Goldsworthy for umpiring, Toni Thorpe for scoring and our tea ladies who help make Saturdays so much more enjoyable.
FCC 2nd XI Captain