Disappointing start to run chase delivers uphill battle for Farrer

FARRER fell a game short of reaching the Davidson Shield final, going down to Pennant Hills by 73 runs in Tamworth yesterday.

The back end of the Sydney side’s innings and start of their innings was where it slipped away for Farrer.

Chasing Pennant Hills’ 6-199 they had a horror start.

“We lost early wickets,” coach Dave Olrich said.

They were 3-10 in the eighth over. At the same time Pennant Hills was 0-33.

“That’s very hard to recover from when you need five an over,” Olrich said.

They couldn’t and could only muster 9-126 in reply.

They were batting a batter short after usual opener Campbell Baker dislocated his finger while keeping and was unable to bat.

Ryan Hansen’s 46 at first drop stood out on a disappointing scorecard. 

He was a stable presence in the top order and was the sixth wicket to fall.

Lachlan Fauchon was the next best with 22 while Sam Brown, Toby Whale and Lachlan Davidson made 15.

Earlier, after a 42-run opening partnership, they had Pennant Hills 3-70 at drinks.

“Their last four/five overs they got away from us,” Olrich said.

They probably took about 50 runs off the last five overs.

“They had some guys hit out and it came off,” he said.

Farrer didn’t help themselves in the field.

“We dropped five catches across the innings,” Olrich said.

“You’re not going to win many games when you do that.”

The Pennant Hills batsmen all pretty much got starts. Only one didn’t make double figures.

The rest all scored in the 20s and 30s.

Harrison George and Jack Richards were the most effective bowlers with George claiming 2-29 and Richards 2-30.

Brown and Toby Whale took the other two wickets.

Despite the loss Olrich said it had been an encouraging season.

“We’ve got a young team,” he said.

“We were just hoping we could make the regional final.”

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