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Result - Old Spots

Sat Jun 8th Match abandoned as a draw after heavy rain

Match report

On a rain affected day the Grannies came close to a thrilling victory.

Whilst the players waited for the rain to stop before the start of play, young Fergus de Mestre on a break from Surrey duties was awarded his Grannies cap to mark his debut match. Whilst young Fergus is the future, it was his father Andrew who produced a vintage all round performance

In difficult conditions Andrew de Mestre (45) and Jay Stockham (20) showed what a strong opening combination they have become. Both came undone to fine catches as they looked to attack. I an innings disrupted by rain the middle order of Matt Siebert 18, Chris Good 14
and Rupert Marlow unbeaten on 16 took the game to the old spots.

The Grannies 139 from their 35 overs, was unlikely to be enough even in such challenging conditions. Andre de Mestre however took a different view, with the new ball in hand and off the long run of old he produced a top draw spell of swing bowling that ripped through the heart of the Old spots. Ultimately he finished with figures of 4 for 13 from 7 overs and would have bettered them if it had not been for the pesky rain. With fine support from Will Siebert, Tom Gibbs, and Mike Fernie who all picked up a wicket the Grannies were left needing just 2 more wickets in a game that was ultimately frustrated by the weather

Match info

A new fixture for the Grannies in 2006 this is a beautiful, privately owned ground attached to a pig farm deep in the heart of Surrey. No coincidence then that the ham sandwiches at tea are some of the best you'll taste! The Old Spots play their cricket in the same spirit as the Grannies which makes for a competitive but friendly game. Nice place to bring the family too.

Follies Farm,
High Street Green,

How to get there
Follies Farm is a mile out of Chiddingfold on the road to Dunsfold. Chiddingfold is on the A283 about halfway between Milford (just off the A3) and Petworth. Heading south on the A283 at Chiddingfold turn left at the green (not the cricket pitch). Follow this road out of Chiddingfold for about a mile and take the first turning left. Follies Farm is on the right hand side. The ground is not visible from the road but is down a track perpendicular to the road running through the farm. Mind the pig!