Fernhurst bowled over by shield win

FERNHURST Cricket Club hosted its annual six-a-side tournament with seven teams from Liss, Haslemere, Kingsley, Churt, Tongham and Midhurst taking part.

A total of 26 games had to be played with a round robin tournament followed by Shield and Plate knockout rounds with the winners taking home the John and Peggy Allen Shield.

The event, always is a major fundraiser for the club, was especially important this year with the club hoping to build some new artificial nets.

Haslemere looked particularly strong in the round robin tournament with local boys Sam Williams and Simon Eastment in flamboyant form scoring 57 for 0 from their three overs against Kingsley.

After 21 games of the round robin, the standings were as follows: 1 Haslemere, 10 points;2 Tongham ,9 points; 3 Liss, 7 points; 4 Fernhurst, 6 points.

The top four went on to play for the shield while the bottom three battled for the plate.

5 Churt, 4 points (on run rate); 6 Midhurst, 4 points; 7 Kingsley, 2 points.

In the Plate competition Churt had a bye into the final, leaving Midhurst and Kingsley to fight for the other place. Midhurst scored 54 for 0, which Kingsley couldn’t match with 36 for 2.

The final saw a fine bowling performance from Midhurst restrict Churt to 37 for 0, which Midhurst reached with a mighty six and four balls to spare.

In the Shield competition the first semi-final was between Haslemere and Fernhurst. Haslemere had only lost one game in the tournament thus far, but Fernhurst managed to restrict them to 40 for 3 from 4 overs. Fernhurst’s response was steady, and they caught Haslemere with four balls remaining.

The other semi-final saw Liss up against Tongham. Liss scored a 50 for 0 from their four overs but Tongham only managed 46 for 4.

The final featured Liss against hosts Fernhurst and it turned out to be their day as two boundaries in the final over gave them victory and Harry Lambert, Fernhurst’s captain, collected the shield from club president John Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell said: “In a year where we have built a junior section with over 50 members, launched a veterans’ team and plan to build state-of-the-art artificial practice nets, this event has proved to be a great opportunity to bring the community together.

“Thanks go to organisers the Allen, Gourlay, Dowdell and Heath families.”