FARLEY returned to winning ways at home to Redlynch and Hale seconds, but made hard work of getting over the line, writes PAUL ROBERTS.

Having bowled the visitors out for 168, Farley reached the same score for just four wickets down and with 12 overs remaining - but then lost three more to Jack Cobern (3-38) and Jack Sobucinski searching the final run.

It eventually came from the bat of Sandesh Lama, securing the victory but at the cost of two bonus points.

The stuttering batting display came after a disciplined bowling and fielding performance, with Sam Waters (5-35) to the fore.

Farley had inserted Redlynch and kept things tight from the off.

First change Marc Burton claimed the first victim, bowling Ben Lindsay for 12 before the experienced Nathan Pollard and Ian Stevens sought to consolidate.

Both went past their half centuries in a stand of 92, without ever getting fully on top.

Manny Gurung in particular caused plenty of anxious moments in his nine over spell and was unfortunate to end up wicketless.

The introduction of Ramesh Gurung found the breakthrough, bowling Pollard for 54 in the 30th over.

Farley put the squeeze on, and aided by two run outs and some good catching, worked their way through the lower order in quick time. No-one else made double figures.

Ramesh Gurung and Andy Coveney then gave Farley a quick start before Coveney was caught and bowled for fluent 24.

Gurung progressed to 56 before being trapped in front by the persevering Dom Sell. It should have been straightforward from there, but Farley made it otherwise.

There were no such alarms for Farley's second team who completed an emphatic win at Michelmersh and Timsbury thirds.

Batting first, Farley amassed an imposing 271-9, built on a third wicket stand of 119 between Russ Spencer (68 off 42 balls) and Craig Burrows (63).

Mark Fower and Keith Redding maintained the momentum and the lower order added further quick runs.

Nathan David then struck with his second delivery and while Michelmersh found the boundaries regularly, wickets kept tumbling.

Jake Hand claimed 2-29, Matt Haslett 2-18 and Harry Jenkins finished things off with 3-22, as Michelmersh were all out for 125.

Both sides sit third in their divisions, ahead of this week's double header with Whiteparish.