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Farndon lose to Notts Unity Casuals in division D of the South Notts League with a middle order batting collapse

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Several early wickets gave Farndon a good start at the Brian Wakefield Memorial Ground as they took on Notts Unity Casuals in Division D of the South Notts League.

Notts Unity completed their innings on 232 for seven after a very shaky start by their batsmen and ended up winning by 67 runs.

Farndon first XI. Image by Rob Currell. (58307444)
Farndon first XI. Image by Rob Currell. (58307444)

Farndon had held the first four batsmen to 53 runs with Andrew Lamb taking both openers cheaply, and the captain grabbed the wicket of Muhammed Tariq for 24, helped by a catch from Jason Lam.

Jason Lam was dependable in the field as he took another catch, securing the wicket of Muhammed Awan off a Mark Bainbridge delivery.

The fairytale start for Farndon ended with a staunch mid-order batting partnership for the Casuals with Ajay Revu and Ravi Gouni saving the day for the home side.

Revu hit 61 before being caught by Josh Feehily off another Bainbridge delivery and Gouni struck a fast 70 off 62 balls before falling LBW to Ciaran Logue.

Huzaifah and Zakariya Asif piled on the runs in the tail end to give their Notts Unity side the advantage before Farndon started batting.

Huzaifah finished 21 not out off 14 balls and Zakariya hit 16 off nine, not out.

Farndon went into their batting innings believing they could defeat the 232 total.

Farndon on the field. Image by Rob Currell. (58307453)
Farndon on the field. Image by Rob Currell. (58307453)

They knew it was a good score but Farndon was confident on the wicket that they had the lineup to surpass it.

In stark contrast to their opposition, the first four batsmen for Farndon started much better.

Number four batsman Alex Youngman equalled the Casual’s first four batsmen by himself with his score of 53.

Their captain, Hill added 24, and the openers Feehilly and Lam hit 22 and 13 respectively.

This put the Farndon side ahead by over 50 compared to the first four Casuals batsmen.

Then the middle order collapsed with the next four wickets fell for 15 runs in total.

Batsman dismissed by Farndon. Image by Rob Currell. (58307447)
Batsman dismissed by Farndon. Image by Rob Currell. (58307447)

John Esam tried to make a stand with 19 not out but no one was able to stay with him to form a partnership. Farndon collapsed for 165.

“[We] thought the score was within our capability, but we lost wickets too regularly and ultimately fell well short of the target,” said Hill.

“Alex batted superbly again for his 53 and Josh, Jay, and myself all got good starts, but we didn’t put together a good partnership to get on top of the innings.”

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