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2018 Cricket News

Our 2018 "Outdoor" Cricket Training Sessions are as follows:-

Juniors (5yrs to 17yrs) Fridays 6.15pm till 8.15pm

Seniors (18+) Thursdays 6pm onwards

Girls & Boys :-)

for more details email - farnworthcricket@yahoo.co.uk



Our 2018 Indoor Training Sessions will Start on January 21st 2018


Juniors 8yrs-18yrs Old @ Essa Academy Sports Centre
Sunday 12pm till 2pm -January 21st 2018


These sessions will be every Sunday through till April 15th



Farnworth Cricket Juniors



New Players Are Welcomed To Join In and Take Part!
for More Details or to gain further information please contact our
Head Coach Simon Booth 07732437734 or farnworthcricket@yahoo.co.uk



2017 News


We have recently secured the signing of Kamran Younas as Professional for our
2017 campaign in the "Newly" formed "Divisional" Bolton Cricket League.

Kamran is a fantastic allround cricketer who has enjoyed spells previous spells in the UK at Milnrow (2009), Whalley (2010-11), Baxenden (2012) League Winner at Little Lever (2013-14), Bradshaw (2015) & Kew (Uxbridge) (2016)

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You can see Kamran's 1st Class Record and Stats Here

Both 1st XI & 2nd Xi Teams managed to remain in the "Premier" division, and with the addition of a new professional, overseas amateur and some other local lads joining us hopefully 2017 will be another successful season allround for Farnworth.

We have recently looked into entering a 3rd XI team into the
Greater Manchester Cricket League, pending a league meeting on Sunday 11th December
We will look to develop our younger players, by "blooding" them in regular Adult
cricket matches in and around the county! Using our experienced "older" generation
to bring on our promising crop of junior talent that has emerged over the last 12 months!







2016 News


**2016 Junior Cricket Summer Coaching Camp**

Our 2016 Professional Dinuk Hettiarachchi will be holding his annual "Summer Coaching Camp"
at Farnworth Cricket Club from Monday 1st August to Thursday 4th August

The cost of the 4 days will be £50 per child or £15 per day.

Dinuk and a whole host of International Cricketers will be coaching throughout the 4 days.

To ensure your child gets a place book with Simon Booth by emailing farnworthcricket@yahoo.co.uk



We welcome the arrival of our new professional for 2016 Dinuka Hettiarachchi
Due to a slight complication with his UK Entry Visa application being delayed
Dinuk should be with us around 2nd Week of May!


Dinuka's 1st Class Stats and Info cna be found here:-


As a very experience campaigner, we hope the addition of Dinuka will

help us challenge for honours on all fronts! 

We have also "bolstered" the team by bringing in the following players:-
Imran Mirza (from Heaton CC), Iain Mclellan (from Tonge CC), Jack Horrocks (from Kearsley CC)
also the return of Nakash Qamar (from Kearsley CC) will be a welcome addition to the club!


           Imran Mirza               Jack Horrocks                Iain Mclellan              Nakash Qamar 

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We welcome the arrival of our new professional for 2015 Kamran Sajid
Kamran should be with us around 15th April!

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Kamran's 1st Class Profile Can Be Viewed Here:-


As a very experienced cricketing professional we look forward to
seeing him perform for Farnworth CC


Also joining us for our 2015 campaign we have secured the services of

Melbourne Austin (Formerly Crompton & Bamford Fieldhouse)
Ross & Lee Sutton (Formerly of Heaton CC)
Andrew Brooks (Formerly of Farnworth Social Circle CC)

We wish them all the very best of luck during 2015 @ FCC


2014 News
2013 News

Farnworth will start the defence of their 2012 Bolton Cricket League Title
Away to Little Lever on Saturday 27th April @ 1pm
With the welcome additions of Chris Baxendale (Formerly Heaton CC) and
Alex Rodzoch (Formerly Eagley CC) strengthening the batting lineup Farnworth are
hoping they are equipped well enough to defend their title
and hopefully compete well accross all cup competitions........


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Chris Baxendale                       Alex Rodzoch

2012 News


Farnworth Win The 2012 Bolton Cricket League Championship


Farnworth Cricket Club 2012 Champions

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    2010 News

    Farnworth Cricket Club win the Bolton League Cricket title & Lancashire Knockout 2010


    Farnworth v Denton St.Lawrence

    Lancashire Knockout Final to be Played at St.Annes CC 12th September 2010

    Farnworth 83 for 3 beat Denton St.Lawrence 81 all out by 7 wickets.


    Winter Nets - Tuesdays 8:30pm at St.James Sports College

    Adil Nisar has signed for Farnworth CC as professional for the 2010 cricket season. We wish him well.

    Congratulations to Farnworth 2nd XI

    The last match of the season saw a huge twist in the table standings. Before the start Farnworth were 3 points behind Westhoughton who played Kearsley. Westhoughton were bowled out for 65 and Kearsley won by 8 wickets. This meant that Farnworth needed to beat Tong to win the Howarth Cup. They did this convincingly to become the 2nd XI champions.

    Tonge v Farnworth - League

    The sun was shining for the last match of the season as Tonge batted first after winning the toss. Nigel Partington reached his half century to guide Tonge to 153 all out. There was again some excellent bowling from Mo Adnan and Lee Sutton.  Farnworth were in trouble straight away losing the first 5 wickets for 20 runs. The lower order showed some resistence and Farnworth managed 120 runs. This was a disappointing end to the season as they relinquished the 2nd place in the table.

    scorecard 12.09.2009

    Farnworth v Greenmount - League

    Match Abandoned

    Westhoughton v Farnworth - League

    Match Abandoned

    Farnworth v Kearsley - League

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first on a damp pitch in a 48 over match. Kearsley lost a wicket off the first ball of their innings before the rain came down. When play resumed it was tough work scoring runs as the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals thanks to some good bowling from Jason Rayner, Dave White, Moh Adnan and Brad Palmer. Kearsley were eventually bowled out for 137 as their tail wagged. Due to the rain, the target was 108 off 31 overs. Farnworth had a good start reaching 50 for 3 with 22 overs left. Then everything went wrong as the batsmen started to block everything. Fortunately Farnworth were saved as Kearsley lost 10 runs (2 overs) because they did not bowl their overs in time. Young Taylor hit a big four over the top off the last over to take Farnworth to victory.

    Scorecard 29.08.2009

    Farnworth v Egerton - League

    Farnworth won (scorecard to follow)

    Scorecard 22.08.2009

    Farnworth v Walkden - League

    Match Abandoned

    Astley Bridge v Farnworth - League

    Astley Bridge batted first and only managed 135 runs. In reply, Farnworth passed the total losing only 2 wickets.

    Scorecard 15.08.2009

    Bradshaw v Farnworth - League

    Bradshaw won the toss and batted first. It was a good start from the Duxbury brothers, but Bradshaw did not capitalise and were bowled out for 160 runs. Farnworth were under pressure initially thatnks to some quality bowling from Andy Taylor and Chris Wilson, but they weathered the storm thanks to a solid innings from Dave White and in the end Johnny Davies and Simon Booth saw the visitors home. Those midges were out in full force as usual and the ground looked magnificent.

    scorecard 08.08.2009

    Farnworth v Horwich - League

    Match abandoned due to rain

    Farnworth v Little Lever - League

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first in the sunshine. Little Lever had a good start from Simon Anderton and Anthony Hilton and were 140 for 3 at the halfway stage. Lee Sutton with six wickets & two catches kept the pressure on as Farnworth clawed themselves back into the game to bowl the visitors out for 200 runs. Farnworth also had a good start, but had a mini collapse before Lee Childs (71) joined Paul Rayment (76*) and they put on 150 runs to win the game for Farnworth. A visiting "Barmy Army" crowd from Little Lever gave the made a roasting atmosphere.

    scorecard 25.07.2009

    Eagley v Farnworth - League

    After winning the toss, Farnworth were soon on top as Eagley collapsed to 10 for 3 on a damp pitch. Eagley were bowled out for 110 in a 42 over match. It was an easy victory in the end for Farnworth who won by 9 wickets thanks to an unbeaten partnership of 70 between Dave White 43* and deputy pro Brenton Parchment 34*. The victory was a relief after the recent poor results.

    scorecard 18.07.2009

    Heaton v Farnworth - League

    Heaton won the toss and decided to field first. Farnworth worth soon in trouble losing both openers to an inspired spell of bowling from youngster Danny Reeves who ended up taking 6 wickets. They eventually scored 198 runs thanks to Dave White 64 and Brad Palmer 52. The Farnworth spinners, Lee Sutton and Mo Adnan kept the away team in the game, but a cameo innings by Mark Sinclair in the final overs saw Heaton to victory. One would question the captains decision not to bring back the pace bowlers, Raynor and Palmer in the final stages of the Heaton innings.

    scorecard 11.07.2009

    Farnworth v Farnworth SC - League

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first on a good pitch. Luke Perry and Matt Parkinson batted well against the spin bowling of Lee Sutton and Mo Adnan who claimed 7 wickets to help them to 172 runs. Farnworth struggled all the way after losing Redmond who was adjudged lbw when sweeping a ball for 4 runs off the middle of the bat and fell 31 runs short of the revised total of 166 after a brief spell of rain.

    scorecard 05.07.2009

    Farnworth v Tonge - League

    Tonge were bowled out for 102 runs in their innings after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Farnworth cruised to victory by 9 wickets with Redmond 53 and Rayment 37 not out.

    scorecard 04.07.2009

    Greenmount v Farnworth - League


    scorecard 17.06.2009

    Farnworth v Westhoughton - League

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first in a 38 over game. Westhoughton were off to a good start on a docile wicket. They were not helped by a disasterous fielding display, as Westhoughton powered their way to 224 runs mainly due to a century by Ian Pilkington. Farnworth replied with plenty fire scoring 50 runs off 6 overs. The innings then faded as they could not create any momentum in their innings which ended on 195 for 7. If Farnworth are to challenge for the title this season there will have to be a lot of improvement in all departments as at the moment after losing three matches in a row, things are not looking very promising. With all the experience in the team, one feels that things will improve as the players take more responsibilty.

    scorecard 20.06.2009

    Bootle v Farnworth – National Knockout

    Bootle won the toss and decided to bat on a hard dry flat wicket in glorious sunshine. The Bootle batsmen took advantage as they reached 224 runs from their allotted 45 overs. For Farnworth there was some encouraging bowling performances by White, Palmer, Raynor, Childs & Lee Sutton. After a lovely Sunday roast dinner and apple crumble, Farnworth got off to a good start reaching 50 without loss mainly due to Paul Rayment (45). The Bootle bowlers kept the pressure on throughout the innings. Lee Childs (55) proved to be the major resistance, but by the time he was run out the game was over and Farnworth only managed 169 runs. FCC would like to thank their coach full of supporters that made the journey & Bootle for their generous hospitality.

    scorecard 14.06.2009

    Kearsley v Farnworth – League

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to bat first on a good wicket. Kearsley pro, Jonathan Carter, bowled with good pace and put early pressure on the visitors. He was well supported but Chris Sainsbury. Dave Morris, after getting hit on the head, batted well for his 50 runs. He was well supported by Simon Booth who scored 60. Farnworth ended up on a reasonable total of 193 runs. Kearsly started off in style with Jonathan Carter in top form scoring a class hundred. The Farnworth bowling was not effective on a docile pitch and all credit should go to Kearsley for a great performance and winning by 7 wickets.

    scorecard 13/06.2009

    Farnworth v Astley Bridge - League

    The match was reduced to 25 overs per side due to the morning showers. Farnworth won the toss and decided to bat first on an excellent pitch. Aaron Redmond stole the show as he dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground hitting 10 sixes in his innings of 144. The spectators and players were mesmerized by the shear quality of this performance. Farnworth ended up on 231. Astley Bridge never really threatened in their reply due to some good bowling from Palmer, White, Sutton & Carson. In the end they only managed 149 runs.

    scorecard 06.06.2009

    Astley Bridge v Farnworth - Hamer Cup

    Astley Bridge won the toss and decided to field first on a hot sunny day. Farnworth failed to capitalise on a good start and only managed 222 runs in 50 overs. Astley Bridge knocked the runs off easily with 5 overs with half centuries from Rick Northrop and Dion Taljaard. The Farnworth bowling, for the first time this season, was not effective on a docile pitch.

    scorecard 31.05.2009

    Egerton v Farnworth - League

    Egerton won the toss and decided to bat first on a bright sunny day. Things were looking ominous for the visitors as Paul Stafford and Stuart Hornby powered their way to 50 for none after ten overs. Dave White bowled well and with the introduction of Lee Sutton, the shackles were broken and he claimed 6 wickets to keep the Egerton total down to 135 runs. Farnworth's opening pair, Redmond 51* & Rayment 75* never looked in trouble as they chased down the total to with by 10 wickets in 25 overs.

    scorecard 30.05.2009

    Tonge v Farnworth - ECB National Knockout

    Tonge won the toss and decided to bat first on a damp pitch in the sunshine. They were bowled out for 132 in the last over of their innings. Farnworth started well and never looked in trouble as they passed the total with 4 wickets in hand. Dave Smith top scored with 40 runs & Lee Sutton bowled superbly in his spell.

    scorecard 24.05.2009

    Walkden v Farnworth - League

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first. Walkden were in trouble after some good bowling by White & Sutton, but a half century from John Fearick allowed the home team to reach 194 runs. Farnworth were struggling all the way in their innings due to some accurate bowling by Walkden. At 146 for 7 it looked all over, but Simon Booth smashed 20 runs off Jones in the 45th over. He was dismissed by the first ball of the 46th over at 8.01pm and Farnworth managed to hang on to reach 185 for 9 at the end of the alloted 48 overs. Now the issue arises about the fact that Walkden did not start their 48th over within the time limit of 2 hours 58 mins. Walkden should have started the 48th over by 7:54pm, but only started the 46th over at 8:00pm, so they were at least 3 overs short. According to the BCL rules 5 runs are deducted per over that is late. This means 15 runs are deducted from the Walden total. Result - Farnworth win by 1 wicket.

    The Bolton League committee has awarded the match to Farnworth CC.

    scorecard 23.05.2009

    Farnworth v Ormskirk - Lancashire Knockout

    Ormskirk 50 for 1 after 17 overs. Match abandoned. Re-Play  scheduled Thursday 21st May 5:30pm

    In a twenty over match, Ormskirk won the toss and elected to bat in bright sunshine after the heavy rain over the past few days. It was tough going for the visitors as they crumbled to 45 for 7 after 10 overs. A welcome flourish at the end saw them reach 106 for 8. Farnworth had a steady, but slow start reaching 50 runs after 14 overs. Some injection into the run-rate was needed, but was not forthcoming as the Ormskirk bowlers kept up the pressure with some very accurate bowling on a difficult pitch. Farnworth in the end only managed to reach 95 runs in their allotted 20 overs to the disappointment of the home fans.

    scorecard 17.05.2009

    Farnworth v Bradshaw - League

    Bradshaw won the toss and decided to field first on a cold wet and windy spring day. Aaron Redmond and David White made a good start putting on 85 for the first wicket, with another Redmond half century. An unpredictible collapse saw Farnworth reduced to 115 for 7 with 10 overs left, maily due to the good bowling from Taylor, Dickinson & Duxbury. The lower order managed to get the Farnworth total up to 150 runs from their allotted 47 overs. Then the rain came and 11 overs were lost. The new revised target for Bradshaw was 129 runs from 36 overs. Craig Duxbury batted with confidence to get Bradshaws run chase going. Young Nick Lever and Nick Lester produced an excellent partnership, but a couple of unforced errors saw them both fall victim to the spin bowlers, Sutton and Redmond, who claimed 3 wickets apiece. Bradshaw needed 7 off the last over but fell 1 run short of the target with the last two batsman at the crease. 

    scorecard 16.05.2009

    Horwich v Farnworth - League

    Persistent rain delayed the start. Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first in a 32 over match on a sticky wicket. Horwich only managed 60 runs in their innings and the game looked well and truly over. Liam Bones produced a fine bowling spell for Horwich taking 7 wickets and almost clinching the game for the home team. As Farnworth kept losing wickets in their innings, it was left up to Paul Rayment with his 33 not out to save the game for Farnworth, who eventually won by 1 wicket. It has to be mentioned here that some of the umpiring decisions in both innings left a lot to be desired.

    scorecard 10.05.2009

    Farnworth v Eagley - League

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to bat on a damp pitch. Phil Ingram looked promising but held out in the deep to a great catch by Jason Raynor. Eagley never settled down in their innings and only managed 114 runs mainly due to the good bowling by David White and Lee Sutton. It was always going to be a tough job batting against Eagley's Steve Foster and Phil Ingram on this type of pitch, But new pro, Aaron Redmond, batted superbly to steer Farnworth to victory with an excellent 60 runs. He was well supported by his opening partner, Dave White.

    scorecard 09.05.2009

    Farnworth CC have signed New Zealander, Aaron Redmond as professional for the season after having problems getting the necessary work permit for Saeed Anwar. Hopefully the team & supporters can now settle down and enjoy the season.

    Prestwich v Farnworth - National Knockout

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first on a well grassed pitch. Brad Palmer and Dave White produced excellent opening spells to put the home side in big trouble at 50 for 6. Lee Sutton provided good support with his off-spin, but the Prestwich lower order enabled them to reach 132 all out. Farnworth in reply looked to be cruising to victory, while Rayment and Davies were at the crease, but then Prestworth pro, Amal Dalugoda, achieved a hat-rick and the visitors were in deep trouble at 90 for 7. Johnny Davies keep his cool and steered Farnworth to victory with excellent support from Jason Raynor and Brad Palmer. Bit of a nail-biter that was not helped by some controversial umpiring decisions during both innings.

    scorecard 03.05.2009

    Little Lever v Farnworth - League

    Little Lever won the toss and decided to field first on a green damp pitch. It was a good decision and Farnworth were soon in trouble at 15 for 3. An excellent partnership between Dave Morris and Lee Childs put some stability back into the innings, but then another flurry of wickets and Farnworth were in trouble at 100 for 6. Simon Booth joined Johnny Davies at the crease and this pair put on 80 runs for the 6th wicket, Davies scoring 44 not out and Booth, in aggressive mood reaching his fifty. The unlikely total of 198 seemed to be a winning score at tea. Little Lever had a terrible start mainly due to the pace of Jason Raynor on a bouncy pitch. The village were 30 for 7 within 10 overs and the game was over. Andy Worden and Curtis Anderton smashed a few boundaries at the end, but it was all to late and Farnworth won by a hundred runs, Raynor taking his maiden 5 wicket haul in first team cricket and Palmer getting 2. A rather interesting day - hope we don't play on to many more green mamba's like that this season.

    scorecard 02.05.2009

    Farnworth v Heaton - League

    Heaton won the toss on a green wicket and decided to field first. It was a very good decision as Chris Tye produced an excellent spell by taking the first 5 wickets of the Farnworth innings. It was tough work for the home team with David White batting through the innings for a patient 50. Farnworth lost wickets at regular intervals showing early season jitters. They were finally bowled out for 138 runs. In reply, Heaton had a reasonable start, but with the introduction of the spinners, Zaidi and Sutton, the pressure began to tell. Gary Garner batted through most of the innings and appeared to have got the visitors home before being run out going for a second run by a super throw from Jason Raynor on the boundary. Last man in and 10 runs needed. Nick Sinclair looks to have sealed it, but in the last over he has an almighty heave to cow corner and Dave Morris taken an excellent catch to win the game for Farnworth. Lee Sutton bowled Farnworth to victory with 6 for 42 as he again show the crowd his skill & guile with the red cherry....Phew! what a game.

    scorecard 26.04.2009

    Farnworth Social Circle v Farnworth - League

    The first match of the 2009 season was a close affair played on a beautiful spring day. Farnworth SC won the toss and decided to bat first. It was hard work for the batsman on a good wicket. Deputy pro, Nathan Rimmington and Jason Raynor applied early pressure with good backup from off-spinner, Lee Childs. None of the Circle batsman really got going until Chris Barrow came to the crease and lead the home team to 197 all out. Raynor & Rimmington each picked up 4 wickets. Due to the slow over rate Farnworth were only allowed 47 overs in which to score the runs. It was a good start for the visitors with Axford and Rayment scoring 50 runs for the first wicket. Dave Morris & Lee Childs put on another 80 runs, but progress was too slow after some good bowling from Parkinson and Barrow. The chase was left too late one would feel and Farnworth ended up 9 runs short in a very close match.

    scorecard 19.04.2009

    Indoor Nets begin Mondays 6-7pm James Sports Centre

    1st XI pre-season friendly "Farnworth v Rawtenstall" Saturday 18th April 1:30pm

    1st XI pre-season friendly "Darwin v Farnworth" Sunday 12th April 1:30pm

    Farnworth Cricket Club have signed Sajeed Anwar Jr. for the 2009 Bolton League season.This is a great relief to all at the club after there was no regular professional during the 2008 season.

    Farnworth CC beat Tonge to take the final place in the Barclays Wealth Lancashire Knockout Trophy 2009

    All the players of Farnworth Cricket Club would like to thank all the background staff who help to prepare and run the match days at the club. A special mention should go to Jack who prepares the pitches and outfield in what proved to be a very wet and trying summer. Thanks.

    Farnworth v Tonge - League

    Tonge won the toss and decided to field field on a damp pitch in a 37 over match. From the start it was tough going for the batsmen as Street and Weththasinghe applied the pressure. Another silly Axford run out brought the professional, Anwar to the crease. He also struggled to hit boundaries with the grass a bit long in the outfield due to all the recent rain. Farnworth ended up on 107 for 5 with 3 boundaries been hit the whole innings. Was this enough runs? Well after a delightfull tea, Tonge were in early trouble as Weththasinghe departed without scoring. The ball was ripping for Anwar from the Lavendar Road end and with the introduction of Lee Sutton, the Tonge batsmen could not handle the pressure and wickets fell at regular intervals with some good catches  taken in the deep. Tonge were eventually rolled for 67 which means that Farnworth CC claim the final place in next years Lancs KO Trophy.

    scorecard 13.09.2008

    Greenmount v Farnworth - League

    Match Abandoned due to wet pitch

    Farnworth v Westhoughton - League

    Match Abandoned due to wet pitch

    Farnworth SC v Farnworth - League

    The local derby proved to be a bit of a farce after the umpires let themselves down on what would have been another close match between the two rival clubs. FSC won the toss and decided to bat first on a damp turning wicket. The outfield was pretty long and damp to say the least. FSC were soon in trouble as Weerakoon the Farnworth deputy pro spun his web to finish with 7 for 35. He was were assisted but Lee Sutton and FSC only managed 95 on a difficult wicket. In reply FCC started well with John Davies 25 not out and pro Weerakoon smashing the winning runs after a rain delay. Sometimes we wonder if we should just play Sunday cricket....

    scorecard 31.08.2008

    Kearsley v Farnworth - League

    It was a totally one sided affair with Farnworth winning the toss and deciding to field first on a damp grassy wicket. Kearsley were in full control after Hinds was dropped before he scored a run. He and Dublin scored 60 to allow Kearsley to post an impressive 204 in their 50 overs. In reply, Farnworth were in serious trouble from the start and only a valiant 40 from David Tonge allowed the visitors to pass the fifty mark. Another game to forget. All chances of a Lancs KO place have now been lost and it would appear that the lack of a regular professional has put a dampener on the season which started full of promise.

    scorecard 30.08.2008

    Egerton v Farnworth - League

    After a tie in the first round match between these two clubs and some experienced players missing there were mixed feelings of how the match would turn out against the title contenders who had lacked the winning edge showing earlier in the season. Egerton were put into bat on a slow damp pitch and straight away they found it tough going after some good accurate bowling from Jason Rayner and profesessional Weerakoon. Rayner has shown very good form this season and the youngster is developing into a fine bowler. He was well supported by Dean O'Donnahugh, who took the pace off the ball and found some swing. Weerakoon bowled superbly and tied up the other end all afternoon. Egerton lost wickets at regular intervals and only a rapid 50 runs from Tom Fairclough allowed the home side to post a useful 188. Farnworth decided to open with the youngsters and Johnny Davies is definitely looking the part in this spot. Three wickets went down for 40 runs including the pro and with the run rate at 5 per over it looked an uphill battle for the visitors. Rayment and Tonge got together and started to build a partnership. They both kept there heads on put on 80 runs before Rayment was apparently trapped lbw. Simon Booth joined in the chase with David Tonge who launched the ball to all parts of the ground, including one over the Hornby house. It was all looking to easy for the visitors, but Tonge miss-hit one and was caught on the boundary with 10 runs needed. Dean O'Donahugh joined Booth, kept his nerve and managed to hit an excellent boundary through mid-off before being bowled by the ever present Hornby. With two overs left Simon Booth decided to smash a four over mid wicket and score the winning runs. Well done to everyone and what a pleasure to see the good spirit in which the game was played  by both teams.

    scorecard 24.08.2008

    Farnworth v Astley Bridge - League

    It was a dismal day at Bridgeman Park where Farnworth won the toss and decided to bat first. They would regret this decision after being bowled out for 50 runs in 90 minutes. Astley Bridge raced to victory losing two wickets. Case closed.

    scorecard 23.08.2008

    Walkden v Farnworth - League

    Match abandoned due to rain

    Farnworth v Bradshaw - League

    Farnworth won the toss, batted first and had a good stand of 90 runs between the pro and Johnny Davies. The middle order collapsed again, but thanks to Simon Booth and Scott Mather with some towering six hits they were able to post a respectable 190 for 8 on a slow pitch. After tea the opening bowlers Palmer and Rayner applied the pressure and with the introduction of Lee Sutton the Bradshaw batsmen found runs hard to come by. Bradshaw were poised at 53 for 2 after 23 overs when the rain came down and the match was abandoned.

    scorecard 16.08.2008

    Horwich v Farnworth - League

    Match abandoned due to rain

    Little Lever v Farnworth - League

    It was always going to be a close match at Victory Road in a south Bolton grudge match. The villagers won the toss and put Farnworth into bat on a damp wicket. After the early departed of skipper Childs, a century partnership between Rayment 81 and Parchment 93 put the visitors in a good position at tea. Then there was a huge thunderstorm and the place was flooded. By the time the covers came off and play resumed, the revised target was 168 off 25 overs with 10 wickets in hand. Well 9 wickets actually as Webby decided to leave the ground after straining his hamstring. Lever started well with Worrall & Hilton, who looked in good touch, but when they were dismissed it was up up to Pro Asamlam & veteran Simon Anderton who has now returned to his old club to carry on the chase. They looked certain of victory, but needing 8 runs an over, both fell on 41 runs each. Wickets fell regularly with some excellent fielding from the visitors and a great final spell from Brad Palmer who sealed the victory. There was plenty of banter from the balcony as is expected on this ground when the game is a bit tight.

    scorecard 02.08.2008

    Farnworth v Eagley - League

    The fantastic weather continued on Sunday when Farnworth entertained Eagley on what looked like a good wicket with plenty of runs available. Farnworth won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. Farnworth were soon in trouble as Steve Foster & Phil Ingram were swinging the ball prodigiously at the start. Damage to the seam on the new ball meant it was replaced by the ball used the previous day when Ingram took 9 wickets at Bradshaw. The trend was to continue and his big outswingers were unplayable. The Farnworth batsmen had no answer to the accurate bowling from foster & Ingram and eventually were bowled out for 75. The tea presentation did not make matters any better. With nothing to lose the Farnworth opening bowlers, Brad Palmer and David White applied the pressure and runs were very hard to come by. The introduction of Lee Sutton & Brenton Parchment saw Farnworth clawing there way back into the game as the wickets fell at regular intervals and at 35 for 5 it looked like a very even match. With the whole Farnworth team and their supporters sensing victory a tail end partnership began to develop. Then a needless run out brought the last man to the crease and a slog into the outfield produced a brilliant catch by Scott Mather which meant victory Farnworth. Quite an extraordinary match indeed and one of the most tense due to the lack of free scoring shots on display and the discipline of the bowlers.

    scorecard 27.07.2008

    Farnworth v Heaton - League

    Heaton won the toss on a lovely summers day. They started slowly and it was mainly due to the professional, De Wett with 80 runs that they managed to reach 172 for 8. Lee Sutton bowled superbly again and Brad Palmer after a good opening spell, cleaned up at the end. Farnworth had a steady start putting on 50 runs before Axford was needlessly run out and Rayment was bowled. Parchment and White then took responsibilty and guided Farnworth to victory with ten overs left, each scoring a half century. This was a welcome win for Farnworth in the League competition.

    scorecard 26.07.2008

    Tonge v Farnworth - Hamer Cup Semi Final

    This game eventually started three weeks late due to the poor Sunday weather conditions and what a farce it has turned out to be. The match should have been played over over two nights during the week, but the league decided that it should be played on the Friday 2pm start. Farnworth could not field any 2nd team players as they had played in the Birthwistle cup the previous week. Their strike bowler, Palmer (driving up from London) and spinner, Groves (work commitments) would only be able to get to the ground at 4:30pm and would not be able to bowl if Farnworth fielded first due to league rules as they would not be on the field long enough. The weather was very doubtful later on in the evening. Tonge won the toss and naturally decided to bat first under very favourable sunny conditions. Danny Partington and Alex Rodzoch had a very solid 2nd wicket partnership each scoring a half century. The other batsman chipped in and they eventually reached a very handy 204. The dark clouds had now filled the skies and the rain was imminent. The Tonge opening bowlers, Weththasinghe and Street started well and got the ball to swing very late and with the poor light they took 3 early wickets. Parchment and White rescued the situation with a good partnership, but White was unnecessarily run out with the total on 85. The pro was bowled by Street shortly after and it was Andy Groves and John Davies who had to consolidate if Farnworth were to have any chance of victory. By 8pm it was dark and the rain came down. There was big debate on whether play should continue, but eventually the covers come on and play was halted. The game should have been resumed the following Monday at this stage as it was so dark, but it was decided to continue when the rain abated. Another run out and the dismissal of David Tonge & Brad Palmer in the dark with the Crompton Road street lights the only source of light left, play was halted again. Farnworth had reached 150 for 8, with Groves and Simon Booth at the crease. Play will resume on Monday night and with 5 overs left it will be a tall ask for the Farnworth team to make it to the final. Quite amazing how the toss of a coin could affect a result due to players not being available and the adverse weather conditions. One point to note is that Simon Anderton walked off the field after completing his 10 overs to go to a party and the umpires allowed a substitute. They player was not injured. This is an absolute farce. Farnworth should be awarded the game anyway.......Farnworth were bowled out for 170 yesterday.

    scorecard 25.07.2008

    Supporter's Notes

    Brenton Parchment returns to Farnworth for the remainder of the season. The Jamaican, who was not able to join the club at the start of the season due to International duty was welcomed back to the club by all supporters and team mates. Parchment has spent three season at the Bolton League Club. He replaces the injured Imran Farhat.

    Northern v Farnworth - National Knockout

    Thankfully the rain clouds had receded and expectations were high as we arrived at the ground in Crosby. Everyone piled out of a heavily laden coach. A brisk westerly wind was blowing, but the pitch was dry and the mood was relaxed - for now. Northern won the toss and decided to bat first. The Farnworth opening bowlers, Palmer & Raynor applied early pressure by bowling accurately and with good pace. The runs came slowly as Sutton and White were introduced into the attack to take the pace off the ball. At this stage we have to mention that the veteran Sutton, an off-break legend now in the Bolton League, continued to seduce the batsmen into producing more false stroke play and claiming valuable wickets in his spell. We all have to wonder how Lancashire have managed to overlook him all these years. An excellent bowling and fielding effort by Farnworth meant that Northern only managed 170 for 8 in their allotted 45 overs. At tea it looked like the away team had the advantage, but the runs were on the board. Farnworth came out guns blazing with Rayment 31 off 18 deliveries, but he threw his wicket away and was caught in the deep - what stupidity when he should have guided his team to victory. There was an excellent partnership of 70 between skipper, Lee Childs and Dave White, but again Childs fell to an unnecessary catch in the deep outfield when Farnworth were crusing to victory needing 3 runs per over. Panic set in. With the field all spread out the batters failed to score singles and the runs dried up. It was a real procession of poor batting and Farnworth somehow managed to hand the match back to the Northern side to forfeit a chance to play in the Quater final. All we can add is that the Farnworth team have enjoyed a great run in the competition and it was wildly thought that the bowling would be the downfall in the competition, but in fact the batting was the problem in the end. All the members of the 1st team squad would like to thank the supporters, who continue to be the best in the North-West by far. Thanks.

    scorecard 20.07.2008

    Tonge v Farnworth - League

    Match Abandoned

    Bamford Fieldhouse v Farnworth - National Knockout

    It was always going to be a tough day out at the Rochdale based club, but the faithful Farnworth supporters had packed into the coach and were there in full force for the Group final. There rain had abated and the sun was out and although the outfield was looking very lush, the pitch was looking rather sticky with plenty of mud on it. Farnworth won the toss and decided to bat first. It was a very slow start as the batsmen struggled against some accurate bowling from the opening bowlers. Rayment looked like he was playing a five day test as he could not get the ball off the square, but when skipper Childs came to the crease the scoreboard started ticking over. He was out in the 20th over after scoring an excellent 47 runs with the total almost up to 4 runs an over. The middle order chipped in well as the overs ticked by and some excellent running between the wickets from Andy Groves helped Farnworth get to 198 in their allotted 45 overs. The home team were pretty vocal in the field as you would expect at this stage in the competition. For tea, the pasta was rather tasty if not a little boring. Farnworth came out determined to put there mark on the game. Even after the an early wicket from Jason Rayner and a partnership was developing, the Farnworth team were well on form with the legendary banter. Raynor and Brad Palmer both had excellent opening spells and then it was time for the two experienced campaigners to enter the stage. Lee Sutton and David White took the pace off the ball and it was a bit of Deja Vu from the first innings as the batters struggled to score runs on the slow wicket. Power batted well for 57, but his skipper prompted him to slog one over the clubhouse at mid-wicket and he missed the ball from Palmer and was bowled, which put the nail in the coffin for the home team. Palmer cleaned up the tail and ended up with a five wicket haul. What an exciting day out - who ever said cricket was boring......

    scorecard 13.07.2008

    Farnworth v Greenmount - League

    It was a 30 over affair at Bridgeman Park after the weather delayed the start of the match. Greenmount batted first and thanks to a half centuary by pro Zaidi, they scored a useful 140 runs. In reply Farnworth struggled and only David Tonge with 51 gave the home side some hope of victory ending up 13 runs short on the day. The teas were good though.

    scorecard 12.07.2008

    Westhoughton v Farnworth - League

    Westhoughton won the toss and decided to bat first with the openers getting them off to a steady start in a 41 over per innings match. They reach an impressive 255 for 7 with Pilkington 83 and professional Dwayn Smith smashing 96 not out. The Farnworth innings never got going as they last wickets at regular intervals due to a fantastic spell by Smith who took six wickets.

    scorecard 05.07.2008

    Farnworth v Kearsley - League

    Farnworth batted first and scored a useful 218 for 7 with pro Farhat 69 and Rayment 68 scoring the bulk of the runs. Kearsley were bowled out for 163.

    scorecard 28.06.2008

    Astley Bridge v Farnworth - League

    Match Abandoned due to rain

    Farnworth v Clifton - National KO

    Clifton won the toss and decided to field in a 30 over match with rain threatening. Farnworth scored 160 for three with Rayment 43, White 68* and Scott Mather 35 not out to put themselves into a good position. After tea the Farnworth opening bowlers, Palmer & Rayner got the home side off to an excellent start with accurate bowling from both ends. In the end the task was too big for the Clifton team and Farnworth ended up easy winners on a very cold and windy Sunday afternoon.

    scorecard 22.06.2008

    Farnworth SC v Farnworth - Hamer Cup

    Hope every person in the crowd appreciated the great spectacle on display today. Farnworth won the toss and batted first as expected. Early wickets fell, but Farhat (85 but no more) looked sensational again as he guided Farnworth to a big total. At 120 for 2 he missed a ball from Barrow (who never turns it) and was bowled. Farnworth looked in deep trouble only to be saved by a charismatic display from skipper Lee Childs (42) and Johnny Davis (44). There must have been some serious discussion out in the middle as the youngster produced a quality performance and helped Farnworth reach 234 for 8. By the way Simon Booth smarshed another 25 off ten balls at the end. In reply Farnworth Social Circle left it up to their professional, Shantha Kalivitigoda to score the runs. He scored 138 out of a total of 223 and was very impressive not by hitting the ball far, but by his shot selection. The game looked to be won, but taking on the bowling at the end of the innings he was the last man out. At the end of the day and after a good sun tan Farnworth can be happy to go in to the semi final against Tonge knowing that the young Davies has established himself over the past two weeks as a regular first-teamer. Unless Sutton wants to bat ahead of him again.

    scorecard 15.06.2008

    Farnworth v Egerton - League

    Jack, the groundsman produced a fantastic wicket for the match today. Farnworth won the toss and batted first. A hundred opening stand between professional Farhat (67) and Rayment (68) set Farnworth on their way to a competitive 252 total. David White also contributed with a quick-fire fifty. In reply Egerton got off to a great start thanks to Stuart Hornby (59) and some poor bowling. pro Fernando produced another fifty but through his wicket away as Egerton were cruising to victory. After a couple of run outs the pressure was on and Farnworth clawed their way back into the match. With two overs to go Egerton needed 12 runs with 2 wickets in hand. Another wicket ! six runs needed off one over. Howarth hit the four and 2 runs were needed off the last ball. One run was scored and the match was tied. Phew ! great game.

    scorecard 14.06.2008

    Farnworth v Urmston - National Knockout

    Farnworth won the toss and decided to bat first. After a fifty run opening partnership, three wickets fell and it was David White who stole the show scoring 78. He was well supported by Johnny Davis (33) which allowed Farnworth to reach 223 for 8. In reply Urmston had a bright start with Watson contributing 72, but Farnworth then started picking up wickets at regular intervals to bowl out the visitors for 133 white Sutton & White doing the damage.

    scorecard 08.06.2008

    Farnworth v Walkden - League

    Farnworth won the toss and batted first only to lose the aging opening pair cheaply again. Professional Farhat and David White put on a quality show as they got the total to 120 after 20 overs, when Farhat played a rash shot and was dismissed. The middle order again produced very little, but thanks to White's 90, Farnworth reached a respectible 208 all out. It was going to be a tight game after the Walkden openers fell cheaply. Higson and Jackson steadied the ship and with the run rate climbing the pressure was on and the Walkden team were losing wickets at regular intervals. At 165 for 8, Dale Jones joined Luke Smith and thanks to some dropped catches and a few good hits down the ground, Walkden scraped home.

    scorecard 07.06.2008

    Bradshaw v Farnworth - League

    Bradshaw batted first and were in trouble at 101 for 6 before the tail wagged mainly thanks to Nick Kennedy's fifty. They ended up on 212 for 7. Farnworth in reply found it hard going mainly due to a lively spell from Phil Dickinson. Wickets fell at regular intervals and only thanks to Simon Booth with a splendid display of batting did the visitors manage to get close to the Bradshaw total.

    scorecard 31.05.2008

    Farnworth v Horwich - League

    Horwich batted first and had a good start thanks to some poor bowling by the home side. They scored 211 thanks to fifties from Jadhav and Long and a load of dropped catches. In reply Farnworth were bowled out for 189 with many of the batsmen giving their wickets away.

    scorecard 24.05.2008

    New Brighton v Farnworth - National Knockout

    It was a good day out on the coach. Farnworth batted first on a good wicket and scored 223 for 6 with Rayment 103 and Childs 47 the in form batsmen. In reply New Brighton were 203 for 9 with the inspired captain, Lee Childs taking 4 wickets. Sutton, Groves, Raynor, White & Mayers all bowled well to secure the match. Farnworth are at home to Urmston in the next round on 1st June.

    scorecard 18.05.2008

    Eagley v Farnworth - League

    It was a close match in the rain with Farnorth batting first and scoring 170 all out thanks to contributionas from Rayment 66 and White 54. O'Rouke took 5 wickets in the innings. In reply Eagley got off to a good start thanks to some mediocre bowling and the target looked easy. Then wickets started falling and it became a tense affair. Eagley were the eventual winners with a good late contribution from Robinson.

    scorecard 17.05.2008

    Farnworth v Bury - National Knockout

    Farnworth batting first put on a good display for the spectators with a total of 223 for 5. Paul Rayment top scored with 99 not out. Farnworth only batted 41 of the alloted 45 overs when the rain came down. The captain decided to declare and when play resumed it was agreed that Bury would chase 165 in 33 overs. It was quite a close affair but the visitors were bowled out for 137, Jason Raynor the star of the show with his 3 wickets.

    scorecard 11.05.2008

    Farnworth v Little Lever - League

    Little Lever batted first and gave their wickets away with professional contributing 42 in a total of 99 all out. Farnworth won by 8 wickets with Rayment scoring 36 runs. Stand-In pro Weerakoon had a good game taking 4 wickets and scoring 31 not out.

    scorecard 10.05.2008

    Heaton v Farnworth - League

    It was a one sided affair as Farnworth batting first scored 220 for 9 with Martin Axford 52 and Lee Childs 49 scoring most of the runs and a brisk  50 partnership at the end between Andy Groves and Lee Sutton. In reply Heaton were bowled out for 106.

     scorecard 03.05.2008

    Farnworth v Farnworth SC - League

    Farnworth batting first were bowled out for 156 with David Tonge 48 and David White 38 the main contributors. In reply Farnworth Social Circle only managed 147 after looking like they would win the match win their professional Kalivitigoda scoring 65 before playing a rash shot. Lee Sutton bowled supurbly to restrict the visitors in the local derby match.

    scorecard 26.04.2008

    Farnworth cricket club have signed Imran Farhat from Pakistan for the rest of the season as Brenton Parchment was unavailable due to Commitments in the West Indies.

    Farnworth Cricket Club players and supporters would like to thank the club professional, Brenton Parchment for his contribution and entertainment that he has provided this season. We send him back to Jamaica with our best wishes and hope he has a great season that will allow him to make his debut for the West Indies. Well Done Son !

    Westhoughton v Farnworth - League

    The last match of the season proved to be a nail-biter on a lovely autumn afternoon at "The Tyldesleys". Westhoughton won the toss and professional Dale Richards batted effortlessly for 111 runs. He was well supported by Ian Pilkington who scored 60. At the end of 50 overs they had set a target of 244. Farnworth scored quickly at the start but after the loss of Rayment & Parchment it was up to David Tonge and Chris Barrow to stabilize the innings. It was a good partnership with both batsmen being caught out to unnecessary shots in the forty's. Raynor failed to trouble the scorers and Farnworth were struggling at 120 for 6 before Johnny Davis and Neil Hyde got together and batted very sensibly and not taking any chances. They were both out after looking like they would guide Farnworth to victory. At 185 for 8, Lee Sutton joined Simon Booth and all hell broke loose. Both batsmen decided to use the willow to send the ball to all parts of the ground and it was Sutton who scored the final runs and ensure victory. What a final days cricket !

    scorecard 15.09.2007

    Farnworth v Tonge - League

    As expected it was a tough match played at Bridgeman Park. Tonge batted first and struggled to score freely with some accurate bowling from Parchment & Barrow. After Nisar was out for 37 the Tonge team managed a handy 167 runs on a slow outfield. Farnworth also struggled to score freely in the gathering gloom as Nisar and Street kept things very tight. Parchment played an exceptional patient innings and saw the home team to victory after a good partnership with young Raynor "The Cheetah"

    scorecard 09.09.2007

    Greenmount v Farnworth - League

    It was a run feast at Brandleshulme Road. Farnworth batted first and scored 281 in their 50 overs with useful contributions from Rayment 85, Childs 52 and a heavy duty 33 from Simon Booth. Should have seen his grin after the innings. In reply Greenmount chased down the runs after a century from Andy Kerr, with good support from Simon Woolford and pro Zaidi. The pitch was in great condition and the spectators were well entertained. Even the bloke having his BBQ in the backyard a few streets away returned the red cherry with a smile on his face.

    scorecard 08.09.2007

    Farnworth v Heaton - League

    Farnworth batted first and scored 149 for 9 after a tight bowling spell from Heaton pro Balachndra Akhil. Parchment top scored with 57. Heaton lost wickets at regular intervals and despite a spirited partnership between Danny Guest and Akhil they fell short by 12 runs. Lee Sutton bowled superbly for his four wickets and was well supported by Chris Barrow at the other end.

    scorecard 01.09.2007

    Farnworth SC v Farnworth - League

    Farnworth Social Circle won the toss and batted first on a turning wicket. Theopeners got off to a great start with Michael Ashworth scoring 50. Once captain Barrow turned to spin, the runs dried up and he ended up with 6 wickets and help restrict the home team to 149 all out. In reply it was the Axford/Parchment partnership that built the foundation for the victory with Chris Barrow steadying the latter part of the innings.

    scorecard 25.08.2007

    Farnworth v Eagley - League

    Farnworth batted first on a good pitch and were soon in trouble at 13 for 3, but good contributions from Parchment 55, Hyde 30 and Booth saw the home side reach a respectable 153 for 7 have to deal with a very slow outfield in a reduced 38 over match. Eagley had a good start from O'Rouke & McDermott, but when this pair were out things got worse for the visitors as spin twins Barrow and Parchment took wickets at regular intervals and they were eventually all out for under a hundred.

    scorecard 19.08.2007

    Little Lever v Farnworth - League

    Match abandoned due to rain

    Horwich v Farnworth - League

    The weather was fine for once as Horwich won the toss and chose to bat first. They were soon in trouble as Parchment and Childs removed the top order and eventually bowled out the home side for 107 runs. After a good start Farnworth struggled against some good bowling from White & Bones on an uneven dry wicket. The visitors made heavy work of chasing down the target, but eventually won by 3 wickets with captain Barrow leading them home.

    scorecard 11.08.2007

    Farnworth v Bradshaw - League

    Farnworth batted first and were in trouble at 60 for 6 before Chris Barrow and Neil Hyde managed to regain some respectibility to the score and the home team were eventually bowled out for 154. Phil Dickinson bowled superbly on the day. Bradshaw's innings did not go any better with Lee Childs destroying the top order and they were bowled out for 74.

    scorecard 04.08.2007

    Walkden v Farnworth - League

    It was a tough day for Farnworth as their bowlers struggled to contain the Walkden batsmen. Pandey and Liam Jackson did most of the damage as Walkden amassed 323. In reply the runs were flowing early, then there was a collapse, before Simon Booth 85 and Lee Sutton 42 put some respectability into the reply. In the end the cause was hopeless.

    scorecard 29.07.2007

    Egerton v Farnworth - League

    After all the recent rain it was great to play a league match again. Winning the toss Farnworth batted first and after a solid 2nd wicket partnership between Parchment and Rayment, things started to go downhill. Egerton's Stuart Hornby bowled superbly taking 7 wickets and reducing Farnworth to 131 all out on a slow wicket. In reply, the Farnworth bowlers could apply the pressure and Egerton won easily with 20 overs left thanks mainly due to a well played 57 from Stuart Hornby.

    scorecard 28.07.2007

    Farnworth v Greenmount - Hamer Cup

    Due to the fact that the Farnworth ground was water-logged the match was played at Greenmount over two days this week and reduced to 40 overs per innings. Farnworth won the toss and decided to bowl first on a soft wicket. Parchment bowled superbly form one end to claim 7 wickets. Zaidi top scored with 43 in a total of 131 all out. The sun was out the following evening, but things did not go well as Farnworth lost early wickets. David Tonge & Parchment put Farnworth into a winning position, but after a couple of poor shots the innings collapsed and Farnworth were bowled out for 95 in 30 overs.

    Kearsley v Farnworth - League

    No play due to water-logged pitch

    Farnworth v Astley Bridge

    Sadly, the relentless rain during the week stopped any hope of play due to the water-logged pitch. Again...

    Farnworth v Westhoughton - League

    Sadly, the relentless rain during the week stopped any hope of play due to the water-logged pitch. Again...

    Earby v Farnworth - Lancashire KO

    The Farnworth team & supporters travelled to Ribblesdale club, Earby in torrential rain not expecting to play a game of cricket. Fortunately the game started with Earby being asked to bat first. It was slow going on a slow damp pitch. The home side managed 150 in their alloted 45 overs. Then at tea the rain came down for an hour and when play eventually resumed, the target was 105 off 31 overs with the loss of no more than 7 wickets. It all started well for Farnworth with the openers putting on 40 runs. A sudden collapse saw Axford, Parchment & Tonge leave in quick succession to leave Farnworth struggling due to some accurate bowling from the Earby attack. Runs were hard to come by and when Childs, Booth & Rayment departed, it was left to Lee Sutton to try and score the 20 runs required in the last two overs. This was never on the cards and Farnworth crashed out of the Lancashire KO after having started favourites.

    Farnworth v Greenmount - League

    Sadly, the relentless rain during the week stopped any hope of play due to the water-logged pitch.

    Tonge v Farnworth - League

    The game was called off early as the relentless rain continued all day.

    Farnworth v Heaton - Hamer Cup

    This match was always going to be a good contest after Heaton had won the league encounter a week earlier. Farnworth won the toss and decided to bat on a damp pitch and a threat of rain later in the day. It was a difficult, but solid start by Axeford and Rayment as Heaton Pro, Balachandra Akhil bowled an accurate line and length seaming the ball both ways. Runs had to come from the other end. With the score on 60, wickets fell in quick succession and the home team were again struggling at around a 100 with only a few wickets in the tent as Carney supported him pro and bowled a great spell for the visitors. Towards the end of the innings, very important contributions were made by Andy Groves, Lee Sutton and Simon Booth to get the total up to 168. Then the rain came and the match was delayed for 90 minutes. When the match resumed it was very tough going as Heaton only managed 40 runs in the first 25 overs. Lee Childs bowled superbly only conceding 14 runs in his 10 overs. Parchment then turned to spin with the introduction of Sutton, Heaton's Akhil & Carney provided the platform to victory comfortable chasing 6 an over. With the Heaton score on 115  for 4 with 10 overs left, Parchment turned back to his seam and stemmed the flow of runs from his end and removed Carney in the deep after a very well played innings. The fireworks were still raging at the other end and with Lee Sutton nearing the end of his spell, he dealt a crucial blow by dismissing the pro Akhil, with a great catch at deep mid off by David Tonge. The players and spectators from both sides were going wild with loads of enthusiasm being show on all parts of the ground. Neil Hyde was brought on for the last three over at the "dell" end. It was a great call from skipper Simon Booth, as he bowled a very accurate first over. In his second over the willow was swinging, but not far enough as he produced a hat-rick, with a succession of magnificent catches from Aaron Grundy in cow corner after running 30 yards to chase a steepler. Then it was Parchy's catch at cover. Finally, the ever youthfull Martin Axford took a brilliant diving catch at third man to seal the victory for the home team. Revenge.......What a great spectacle.

    Scorecard 24.06.2007

    Farnworth v Farnworth SC - League

    The local derby produced some fireworks as the umpires had their say (or not) out in the middle. Boothy won the toss and decided to bat first and after a first ball run out of Martin Axford attempting a third run the Rayment/Parchment stand developed into a healthy one. Tongey was out first ball and Parchment batted with Childs for a while before being caught out on the boundary for 55. Wickets fell steadily as Parkinson bowled well and was unlucky not to get a few lbw decision. The tail crumbled (again) as the home side managed 169 on a turning wicket.  In reply Social Circle never really got to grips with the Farnworth bowling and when they switched to all out spin it was game over for Circle with Lee Sutton & Parchment doing all the damage. The match was played with a great deal of spirit and commitment by both sides.

    Scorecard 23.07.2007

    Heaton v Farnworth - League

    After lots of rain this week there was a good chance of not playing at Lower Pools. Fortunately we only lost 10 overs of the match which was reduced to 45 overs per side. Farnworth won the toss and decided to bowl first which was the right decision with more rain expected later in the afternoon. (this never materialised) After being put into bat the openers, Rick Parry & Pete Halliday, batted with some luck but managed a great start for Heaton and put them in a good position. The pitch that was played on is the only one on this square with a big ridge at one end. Fortunately for the Heaton batsmen, the Farnworth bowlers were not able to exploit the ridge enough and Heaton managed to get to 168 all out. Andy Groves bowled his off-spin very well to clain 5 wickets as the slog was on towards the end of the innings. After tea, the Farnworth team lost early wickets with some excellent bowling from pro Akhil & Tabassium. Akhil was almost unplayable as bowled with great accuracy and swing. Tabassium bowled with good pace with the new ball. The Farnworth batsmen struggled with the conditions on the day and only Lee Childs & Matrin Axford managed to battle hard and show some resitance. Farnworth were all out for 123 runs.

    Scorecard 16.06.2007

    Farnworth v Duckinfield - Lancashire Knockout

    It was a very interesting day at Bridgeman Park with the intervention of the rain late in the day. Duckinfield won the toss and batted first scoring 151 all out. The Farnworth bowlers stuck to their task and it was pleasing to see young Jason Raynor & Neil Hyde bowling well again. The Farnworth innings started very poorly as Rayment & parchment were dismissed in the 2nd over. Martin Axford, the veteran, kept Farnworth in the hunt and when the rain started at around 6pm, Farnworth were just ahead on run-rate on 94 for 5. The players never went back on the pitch and FCC were declared winners and play Earby away in the next round.

    Scorecard 10.06.2007

    Eagley v Farnworth - League

    Consecutive losses in the league for the first team may have put pay to any title hopes this season already. Farnworth won the toss and decided to field first on a very dry grassy wicket. Eagley openers had a good start from Helliwel and O'Rouke, who scored another fifty. Parchment bowled through for his five wickets. It was very please to see the control by Neil Hyde and young Jason Raynor with the ball. Eagley ended up on 178 all out. The highlight of the day for the visitors was the ham salad at tea. Farnworth's only managed 163 in reply and showed very little dedication after Parchment 79 & David Tonge 44 were out. Steve Foster achieved the hat-rick dismissing Tonge, Childs & Hyde and finished with 7 wickets and ultimately saw the home side to victory. It would appear so far this summer that for the 1st team to make any improvements in their performance, they have to try and not rely so much on their professional and take responsibility on themselves to perform. The spectators should demand this...

    Scorecard 09.06.2007

    Farnworth 2nd team lost to Eagley by 6 wickets after being bowled out for 87.

    Little Lever v Farnworth - Hamer Cup

    A big cheer roared over the ground as newly en-stated captain, Simon Booth won the toss and decided to bat first on an overcast warm day. His comments to the team were simply "tails never fails". After the previous days demoralising defeat to the same team in the league, the Farnworth lads were up for it in the Hamer Cup tie. It was a steady start as Martin Axford and Paul Rayment put on 70 for the first wicket. When David Tonge joined Brenton Parchement with 25 overs to go things started to happen. Tonge was again aggressive and batted with confidence before being given out lbw. Lee Child also batted well to support Parchment as he plundered away relentlessly at the Little Lever bowling. His 182 was scored in 102 balls with 14 sixes - an amazing spectacle and well worth the ground entrance fee. It is always uplifting for a team to go into the tea break on a high. This was provided by James Rayner, who hit a mighty six over the clubhouse on the first and only ball he faced. May Barlow's tea was again immaculately presented to the players. Twenty minutes later the real work had to be done on the pitch. The Farnworth bowlers needed a big improvement in their bowling. Lee Childs was excellent with the new ball proving his is still very capable with his swing and bounce. Parchment backed him up with some accurate spin. Mark Martin and Nauman Ullah provided most of the resistance, but the formiddible target was never threatened and the Farnworth side gained their revenge and progressed into the next round. The buzz around the ground now is not if Parchment will make the West Indies test team, but when....He is displaying a rare talent this year by showing a mental toughness and an array of quality stroke making.

    Scorecard 03.06.2007

    The Farnworth 2nd team scored a convincing victory over Little Lever in the Birthwistle cup. Batting first Farnworth reached 236 for 8 with Scott Mather scoring 108 runs. Little Lever were bowled out for 115 runs.

    Farnworth v Little Lever - League

    Little Lever won the toss on a warm summers day and inserted the home side. It was a good start with the home side batting well on a slow turning wicket. They reached 150 for 2 wickets with 15 overs left before a poor finish to the innings started. Farnworth only managed another fifty runs due to some accurate bowling by Little Lever's pro Nauman Ullah, who ended up with seven wickets. Parchment top scored with another 80, but when he left the crease, the innings fell apart. It has been hard for the lower order this year as they have not had any batting time in the middle. In reply, the Little Lever openers did a good job on an unresponsive wicket. Adam Worrall & Saf Ismael got the visitors off to a great start and when they were dismissed the experience of pro, Nauman Ullah and John Kerrigan saw the visitors to victory by 6 wickets.

    Scorecard 02.06.2007

    Farnworth v Horwich - League

    Horwich won the toss and decided to field first on a flat low wicket. The Farnworth batsmen put on a good show for the spectators and although David White bowled with good accuracy, it was Brenton Parchment who stole the show again scoring 156 not out with a spectacular array of shots. He was support by Paul Rayment 69 and David Tonge 56 who are also showing good form with the bat this season. The Farnworth total of 332 was too much for the visitors and with the early departure of Grant Long & an eyesight problem with David White, they struggled to accumulate runs. In the end Phil Cavill scored a patient 50, but the game was very boring with the batsmen just content with batting out the overs. James Raynor spectacularly destroyed the middle order with his accurate swing bowling.

    Farnworth second team scored a convincing victory over in-form Horwich by 54 runs. Farnworth were 224 all out and bowled out Horwich for 170.

    Scorecard 26.05.2007

    The sad news is that captain Chris Barrow is off the work in Yemen for a couple of months after signing an amazing work contract. The club will surely miss his accurate bowling, spirited big hitting and his ability to lead the team to success..good luck Chris.

    Farnworth v Darwin - Lancashire KO

    With the weather improving on Sunday, Farnworth won the toss against Darwin, who are currently 2nd in the Northern League table and decided to field first on a drying wicket. Farnworth's professional Brenton Parchment destroyed the Darwin to order with two wickets including their pro in the first over and another two in his 7 over spell. Darwin really struggled to come to terms with the farnworth attack and with the introduction of the evergreen Lee Sutton, the visitors finished 61 all out. Sutton claimed four wickets and bowled with accuracy & guile not seen at Bridgeman Park in years. The tea was pretty good and Martin Axford let it digest while compiling 10 runs in 25 overs to secure victory. It was a pretty one sided affair on a very slow turning wicket. Farnworth are at home to Duckinfield in the next round. Oh, Parchy smashed a few good sixes to entertain the locals in the evening sunshine....

    Scorecard 20.05.2007

    Bradshaw v Farnworth - League

    It was a wet day at The Rigby's on Saturday. Pools of water put an early end to the match, which could have proved a fantastic game with both sides well up in the league table. Suppose we at least had the chance a boring football FA Cup final.....gutted.

    No Play

    Farnworth v Walkden - League

    The weather was always going to be doubtful in the crucial match between Farnworth and Walkden at Bridgeman Park. Walkden won the toss and decided to field first. All the Walkden bowlers were accurate and very difficult to score off with the ball seaming around a great deal. Paul Rayment batted through most of the innings to score 90, with able support from Lee Child who scored 40. Farnworth were bowled out in the 49th over for 182 after the teams had left the field for an hour due to rain. Dave & John Smith finished with 4 wickets.  More rain meant that Walkden's target was reduced to 139 off 34 overs. The weather intervened again and put a stop to proceedings with Walkden struggling at 35 for 3 wickets, all taken by the evergreen Lee Childs. Result was a rain affected draw.

    Scorecard 12.05.2007

    Farnworth v Egerton - League

    After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Egerton started very well scoring at 7 runs per over. It then all fell apart when the spin twins were introduced into the attack. Lee Sutton and Chris Barrow bowled superbly claiming 4 victims apiece restricting the total to 150 in 45 overs. Then it rained. Play eventually resumed and the target was 95 runs off 25 overs. Farnworth scored the runs with 5 overs to spare with a steady partnership between Paul Rayment 41 not out and David Tonge 51 not out. The game was affected by some controversy about whether play should start.  Clearly Farnworth wanted to start and Egerton did not due to the situation of the game. However the umpires should have been more decisive in the decision making and play to the rules, which in this league state that play can commence in the rain if the pitch is deemed fit. This did not happen in the match as the game could have started many times when it was only just spitting rain. Professional, Brenton Parchment did not make any contributions in the match due to being ill. Fortunately for Farnworth this did not affect the result.

    Scorecard 06.05.2007

    Astley Bridge v Farnworth - League

    Astley Bridge, playing on their home ground at Sharples Park, won the toss and chose to field first on a good hard pitch. After an early Axford exit, Brenton Parchment joined Paul Rayment to produce a century partnership in 15 overs. Rayment was caught out on 43. Dave Tonge joined Parchement and these two produced another century stand with Tonge being caught out on 46. Lee Childs now joined Parchment to produce yet another century stand and was eventually out for 61 after plenty of lusty blows. Farnworth amassed 368 for 5 in there 50 overs with professional, Parchment dispatching the ball to all parts of the town and finally being caught out for an excellent 189 run, which is a new club record. The Astley Bridge bowling lacked direction, although pro, Lyanaga showed some pace. The Astley Bridge innings got off to a poor start with the Entwistle brothers departing early. Daludoda and Lyanaga got together and steadied the innings with a good century stand, but when Dalugoda was run out and Lyanaga was lbw to Chris Barrow, there was no hope for the home team to reach the Farnworth total. The game was a bit of a farce in the end as the Astley Bridge team never attempted the run chase and all the players in the Farnworth team had a chance to bowl. To conclude then, the pitch was in magnificent condition and played with good bounce mainly due to the fact that a bit more grass had been left on the wicket. The weather was supurb and the cricket was highly entertaining - well until the last hour, when Farnworth failed to bowl out the home team.

    Scorecard 05.05.2007

    Farnworth v Kearsley - League

    Opening day at Bridgeman Park was very enjoyable for the thirsty home crowd in the warm spring sunshine. Kearsley won the toss and decided to bat first on a slow and low wicket that had a reasonable grass covering. Lee Childs struck early, removing Thomson and pro Wettasinghe. Jordan Thornily batted with maturity and composure while the wickets tumbled around him to end up with 68 runs. Chris Barrow bowled a stead spell, while Farnworth pro, Brenton Parchment continued on his merry way collecting 6 wickets in all, first by bowling accurate seamers and the turning to spin in the latter stages of the innings to reduce Kearsley to 117 all out. Farnworth's innings started poorly with the oldest opening pair in the league attempting to shrug off the cobwebs of the winter. The Kearsley excitement was very short lived as Parchment and David Tonge looked in seriously good nick and pounded the slightly thin Kearsley bowling attack all over the park. David Tonge got out for 46 trying to hit a huge six over the road in an attempt to reach his half-centuary. Parchment was clearly man-of-the-man with his sensible unbeaten 61 to clench victory by 7 wickets.

    Scorecard 28.04.2007


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