THE determination of both sides to resume play after severe weather worked out badly for Farnham who lost by nine runs to Leatherhead in the Surrey Championship Division One.
With thunderstorms predicted, Tom Grimes invited Leatherhead to bat at the Park and Farnham got the start they wanted when Mike O’Mahony bowled dangerman Mike Nicol in the second over.
Soon after, O’Mahony pulled up with a shoulder injury and Rob Dale had to complete the over. However, an electric bit of fielding from Grimes ran out Brewster Surridge and Leatherhead were in trouble at 10-2.
The visitors recovered well and after the first rain delay, reached 86-3, with captain Adam Dyson and Oli Trower going nicely.
Then Ben Ungaretti struck twice and Leatherhead were 113-6, with Dyson 44 not out, when torrential rain, thunder and lightning sent the players scurrying for cover.
The teams sat tight, knowing that sunshine was forecast later on. After an early tea and a pitch inspection, the wicket required another hour to dry out because water had got under the cover on a length.
Finally, using the Duckworth-Lewis formula, which takes wickets lost into account, Farnham were calculated to require 119 runs off 25 overs. Leatherhead had batted the same amount of overs for their 113 runs, but had lost six wickets, while Farnham had the advantage of beginning their reply with all wickets intact.
Russ Golding, promoted to pinch-hitter, mistimed his second ball and was caught at point. Guy Hicks and Joel Walker got things moving for Farnham, but attacking the ball was difficult in the wet.
Toby Davies was run out backing up at the non-striker’s end and when Hicks was caught one-handed and at full stretch for 34, the signs were that it wasn’t going to be Farnham’s day.
And so it proved. Despite some late hitting from O’Mahony (23 not out), Farnham fell a painful nine runs short.