Daminda Kolugala’s not out 78 helped Falkland Cricket Club salvage a draw against a competitive Boyne Hill side on Saturday afternoon.
Chasing down a mammoth target of 307, it was down to strong batting from the trio of Kolugala, James Bird and Will Langmead to keep their side in the match.
They eventually finished on 202-8 from their 50 overs, ensuring they ended the day with a draw for their efforts.
Boyne Hill batted first and the runs came fast as although Tom Mellor was dismissed for just one, he was followed by Ollie Clayson’s 62 and Ziya Mohamed’s 44.
However the star of the show was Muhammad Irfan, who hit an incredible not out 128 off 107 balls that included five sixes.
Hamid Riaz did well to add 41, with a smattering of runs also coming from Don Pike, Kashif Abassi and Mark Firth before Boyne Hill declared on 307-6.
Falkland faced a herculean task to get anything out of the match, made even more difficult when Danny Williams and Hamza Riazuddin both went for nought to put them on 3-2.
However the partnership of Bird and Langmead managed to get some runs on the board, adding 55 and 40 respectively to the total.
Langmead’s dismissal was followed by two more batters failing to get off the mark, namely Jim Ettridge and Mark Abrams.
Kolugala then stepped up to the plate however to put in his impressive showing, knocking 78 off 110 balls which included two sixes and 12 fours.
The task for the remaining batsmen was to hang on and secure the draw, with Craig Williams (8) and Paul Jenkins (6) lasting 38 balls between them.
But Jason Williams got the job done as his not out five from 37 balls alongside Kolugala meant Falkland reached the 50 over mark on 202-8.
The draw meant that Falkland hung on to fifth in the Thames Valley Cricket League Division One standings.
They travel to Yateley for their next match on Saturday.