T20 hopes are dashed but attention focuses on village cup date

Falkland Cricket Club's Jack Henderson.
Falkland Cricket Club's Jack Henderson.

Falkland bowed out of the Murgitroyd T20 tournament at the semi-final stage of the regional round at Mannofield on Sunday.

Heavy rain the previous day had caused a delayed start of two and a half hours, and an inexperienced Falkland side were put in to bat when Forfarshire won the toss.

Cloete Buitendag got the innings off to a good start for the local side, but when he departed lbw for 38, the innings slowed down dramatically, and a total of 98 never looked like enough.

For Forfarshire, Ryan Watson, one time of Falkland, was in good form and finished the game quickly.

Final score – Falkland 98 for 5 (C. Buitendag 38) Forfarshire 101 for 1 (R. Watson 54 not out, T. Hancock 34).

Falkland lost by nine wickets.

It was a case of the side returning back to earth with a bump after their exploits of the previous week, when they advanced to the next round of the Davidstow National Village Cup by seeing off Ouseburn.

On Saturday, the side is in Eatern Premiership action when it takes on Arbroath United.

But attention will then be firmly focused on the next round of the national village cup, with the club travelling to Hawk Green on Sunday for round six, the last 16, of the prestigious tournament.

Their win in the previous round was described as being the best result in the famous club’s history – and they’ll be looking to repeat that feat.

Club president Robert Nellies said the side can’t wait for the weekend to come around.

He said: “After our historic result in the last round, everyone at the club is really looking forward to this Sunday’s match.

“As was the case with Ouseburn, we know very little about the opposition but I am sure they will be a good side.

“The players have taken a huge amount of confidence from recent results and I am pleased to say we will be at full strength.

“Once again, we are taking a large travelling support, who more than played their part in Yorkshire effectively acting as our twelfth man.

“It’s all shaping up for another fantastic day’s cricket.”