On an extraordinarily sunny afternoon, Rory won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that he was told became harder to bat on as the game went on. The opening partnership of James and Mohsin proved this decision to be the correct one, as the former raced to 37, before being bowled by a ball that 'did not get up', at least that's what James was saying. Enter Henry who was looking to bat himself in to form, and all was looking good, that was until he played all around a straight one for 25. Despite an excellent start, the innings began to slow with the introduction of some of new bowlers, something Jacob tried to correct, however, he was unsuccessful being caught at point for 12. Meanwhile, at the other end, Mohsin was providing a steady hand and eventually reached his 50. Him and Naz looked to press on to bring us up to a respectable total. Mohsin decided he'd batted enough for today, running past one and all the way bak to the pavilion for 75, this saw Rory come to the crease. He and Naz wasted little time before attempting to bludgeon every delivery to the boundary with a moderate amount of success. Rory recached 22 before he was held out at point, and Naz reached 50 on the final ball of the innings (many exclaiming that it was, indeed, one of the worst 50s they'd ever seen), helped by Raja's classy 1. Therefore, Farnham required 246 to win off of their 45 overs.
The return of Charlie Turner (0-33) to the Stansted Hall bowling attack brought with it an air of expectation, which wasn't quite met initially, as the Farnham opener took a fancy to him, dispatching him several times to the straight boundary. However, he eventually found his rhythm and control to bring some order back into his spell. Meanwhile Naz (1-27), put together yet another tight spell (frankly I'm bored of writing that in regard to Naz's bowling), picking up one wicket and bowling 3 maidens off of his 7 overs. Rory replaced Charlie, who, despite picking up a key wicket bowled pretty loosely, going for 41 in his 5 over spell. At the other end, Raja (0-15) came on for Naz who was looking very weary having ran an obscene amount of 2s and 3s in his innings. Raja pieced together a good spell, despite not picking up any wickets. The introduction of Jacob and Ollie into the attack after drinks proved to be the difference maker between the two sides (mainly Jacob) as the former dismissed Farnham's star batsman on the day, before both ripped through the Farnham tail. Ollie ending with figures of 6-0-27-3 and Jacob with 6.5-0-31-5.
Stansted Hall won by 70 runs. Next week is Theydon Bois at home.