It was another decisive win for Farnham’s women’s softball team on Sunday against Headley, Bordon & Whitehill.

Playing at home, Farnham won the toss and elected to bat. They started as they meant to go on, with fours off the first two balls and a six rounding off the first over.

Natalie Upton added to her tally of fours and Anna White joined in to end the first four overs with Farnham on a substantial 238.

Sarah Gudgin and Jenni Jenkins Balmer continued the steady run rate, narrowly avoiding the fall of a wicket with some outstanding running.

Farnham only lost a wicket with the final pair together and finished their innings on 300 for one.

Farnham’s targeted bowling training was clearly paying off, as Fiona Atherton saw her two overs go for only eight runs, Upton and Jenkins Balmer racked up a pair of wickets each, youngster Amelie Le Jehan plucked some catches from the air, and deep fielder Rebecca Wakely helped slow Headley, Bordon & Whitehill’s run rate - all aided by the instruction of the day’s captain, Kelly Davis. Headley, Bordon & Whitehill finished on a score of 247 for five.

Farnham’s women’s softball team are next in action on June 30 at the Castle Ground against Farncombe Wanderers. Spectators are welcome.

There were only two completed games in the I’Anson League last Saturday as rain took its toll on the local cricket action.

In Division 5, Chiddingfold’s 2nd XI beat Wood Street Village’s 2nd XI by seven wickets.

Wood Street made 138 for nine, with Ian Bow hitting 71 not out, Nick Harman taking three for 15 and Sam Thorpe three for 17. In reply, Ben Moir’s 63 not out was the highlight of Chiddingfold’s 139 for three. Chiddingfold collected 28 points while Wood Street picked up two. 

And in Division 7, Worplesdon & Burpham’s 2nd XI beat Badshot Lea’s 2nd XI by 47 runs.

Worplesdon made 152 for five, with Kevin Graham-Wilson taking three for 44. Badshot Lea were bowled out for 105, with Abdul Hussain taking four for 16. Worplesdon collected 27 points while Badshot Lea picked up two.

Farnham Women's Softball v Headley, Bordon & Whitehill, June 15th 2024.
Action from Farnham against Headley, Bordon & Whitehill (Farnham Women's Softball)