HINDHEAD gave a fine bowling and fielding performance to deservedly beat Tongham and record a morale-boosting first win of the season in the I’Anson Division Two.
Electing to bat, Hindhead were given a solid platform by openers Joe Harrison (30) and Darren Carter (27) and new boy Ed Ince (22). The visitors were 104-3 after 35 overs, but Mark Andrews (5-26) bowled intelligently and scoreboard pressure led to a mini collapse. A late flourish by Stuart Woods saw Hindhead to what seemed a below-par 141-7 from 48 overs.
Harry Stokes and Matt Jeffs bowled well with the new ball and the latter claimed the important wicket of Adam Farrier. Woods (4-21) and Ince then took control, bowling with skill and accuracy, aided by sharp catching, to blow Tongham away. From 49-1, they slumped to 56-9, with opener Liam Gadd (28) making half the runs. Trevor Carrington gave the score a little respectability before Ince claimed the final wicket to finish with 5-14 in nine overs.
Fernhurst, put in by Grayshott II, ran up another healthy total. Openers Mike Allen (44) and Mark Charman (51) scored freely after a cautious start and the middle order applied themselves well. Finally, Tristan Rissik and Steve Tytler put on 50 for the eighth wicket in just six overs, skipper Rissik (33) hitting three sixes over extra cover, and Fernhurst declared on 214-7 off 45 overs.
Grayshott lost both openers for ducks, Bruce Baxendale taking a blinder of a slip catch, but Luke McBain (46) and Harrison Ward (62) batted extremely well and started to make the run-chase look easy. Then McBain became the first of Nick Jackman’s four victims and Grayshott were fighting to save the game. Rissik picked up two wickets, but Ward was still there and punishing the bowlers. He had reached 62 in the 43rd over when he edged Ryan Lewis to the safe hands of Jackman and Fernhurst could celebrate a hard-fought win by 47 runs.
Harting found runs hard to come by against Elstead’s lively new-ball attack. Opener Rob Norris made 24 and number 5 Tom O’Kelly top-scored with a much-needed 48, but Harting struggled to form partnerships. Sam Holland bowled well in the latter stages, taking 4-20 in 6.4 overs, while opener Azar claimed 3-33 from 11.
Needing just 117 for victory, Elstead looked to be explosive from the start, but change-bowlers Andy Wadey and Simon Kyte (3-15 in 11.2 overs) gave little away and and it took the visitors 36 overs to get the runs, while losing six wickets. Max Holland saw his side home with a solid innings of 41 not out.
Brook, the leaders, seemed in danger of losing their unbeaten record after being dismissed for 160 at The Bourne. The hosts bowled and fielded well, with Ed Garett taking 4-34 in 10 overs, and it took a Paul Challinor half-century to get Brook up to a defendable total.
Rob Croucher and Russ Cole gave Bourne an excellent start with 58 for the first wicket, but the match changed when Jonathan King broke the stand and then Nick Farr was given out ‘handled ball’ after using his hand to stop the ball bouncing back onto the stumps.
Thereafter, Bourne lost wickets regularly to Alex Johns (4-49) and Challinor (4-35). Matt Du Gay was last man out for 21, The Bourne losing by 20 runs and now in the bottom two.
Shalford must have fancied their chances after dismissing third-placed Badshot Lea for 159. Raziq Khan made a hard-hitting 47, but the bowlers were generally on top, Oli Rowe having the most success with 4-43 in 11 overs.
However, Tim Gray and Khan dismissed Shalford’s top four cheaply. David Gregory (37) and the middle order rallied, but Max Morris and Tim Gray polished off the tail and the visitors were bowled out for 118. Gray had outstanding figures of 5-17 in 11.1 overs.
Frensham II shot Thursley out for just 90 in 31 overs. Derek Agge hit 26 all in boundaries, otherwise it was easy pickings for Tom Smith (3-15), Peter Harrison (3-19) and Hally Baldock (3-20).
Frensham, in turn, lost their top four cheaply, with Thursley veteran Barry Rapley picking up a wicket. But Harvey Herrington hit a boundary-laden 39 and John Turnbull and Ben Harrison completed a five wicket win that moved Frensham out of the bottom two.