Falkland Cricket Club’s topsy-turvy season continued this week as following last week’s dominant victory over Finchampstead, they were soundly beaten by Wokingham on Saturday.
They lost by six wickets to the current league leaders, after only being able to post a target of 93 for their Berkshire rivals to chase down.
And despite a valiant effort from Falkland that saw four Wokingham wickets fall in quick succession in the early stages of their innings, it wasn’t enough to prevent their fourth defeat of the season.
Falkland were put in to bat first, but things didn’t get off to a good start as Paul Jenkins was bowled for two after only facing seven balls.
James Bird was next to go for 12, before Will Langmead lasted just two balls when he was sent packing for a duck.
From then on it was a steady flurry of wickets falling, as no-one managed to get above 20 runs.
Danny Williams (11) and Daminda Kolugula (10) were the next to go, before Khalid Zafar Malik went for nought to leave Falkland on 50-6.
Rob Jones (16) and Jason Williams (7) followed, and Falkland then found themselves on 93 with two wickets remaining.
But with Charlie Dale being dismissed almost immediately after Craig Williams, Falkland couldn’t add to their total on a disappointing day with the bat.
Wokingham were next up and for a brief spell it seemed as if there could be the potential for an unlikely comeback for Falkland, with Altaf and Dale grabbing four fast wickets early into the innings.
Wokingham were on 24-0 when Stuart Parsons fell first for 14, with Dan Housego following next for a duck.
The other opener of Stuart Hayter went next for nine, quickly followed by Michael Bates for zero as Wokingham suddenly found themselves in trouble on 25-4.
But the partnership of Archie Carter and Jack Wood extinguished any hopes Falkland had of getting back into the match, as the duo held firm to get Wokingham past the 93 mark and secure the victory.
After moving up to fourth last week, Falkland have slipped down to sixth in Division One of the Thames Valley Cricket League.
Their next game is at home to Marlow on Saturday.