FARLEY enjoyed another fruitful weekend with two solid victories, which saw the first team move to top spot of the

Hampshire League County Division Four West table, writes PAUL ROBERTS.

The first team hosted Burley, who had enjoyed a high-scoring win the previous week.

Regardless, Farley asked their visitors to bat first and Marc Burton struck early.

That brought together Burley's key pair, the prolific Kieron Hudson and in-form James Brown.

Brown timed the ball well from the start and it took a peach of a delivery from Manny Gurung to remove him, the late movement trimming his bails.

Hudson meanwhile enjoyed lives off both bowlers as he struggled to cope with the swing and seam. While he somehow survived, Gurung claimed two more scalps, including a sharp return catch from Burley skipper Moorman, to finish with 3-28.

Hudson found life just as tough against change bowler Geoff Ramsey, who bowled his nine overs for just 15 runs, without reward, but the returning Burton had him trapped in front for 42 and the tail folded quickly. Burley were all out for 88.

Burley's opening attack was equally tight and Mark Fower and Iain De Weymarn found few freebies.

Brown removed De Weymarn and James Roberts picked up a couple of victims at the other end, but Fower fought hard to bring the target in reach before he was bowled for 27, Mike Covill looked to up the ante, using his feet well against the spin of Wetherall.

He fell to a decent catch but Jon Burton ensured no more alarms, Farley reaching the target for the loss of five wickets to move top of the County Division Four West table.

Farley's second team came out on top in a higher scoring game at Wilton. After opting to bat, Farley's openers both fell to the wiles of Ian Hattersley and at 107-5, there was some unease.

Matt Cook, in his first game back from illness, took charge, peppering the boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 93. He found a willing ally in Nathan David, who made a run-a-ball 41 to see Farley to 229-5.

Wilton began the chase solidly, and it took the introduction of Jake Hand (2-21) to break the opening stand.

Cook then came in for some heavy punishment from Ganesh Sankaran (45) and Jon Shergold (34, almost exclusively in boundaries) before removing both.

Stuart Maugman continued to swing hard, but once he was caught, the chase subsided and two run outs from Tom Pugh ended proceedings with Wilton on 183.

The win takes Farley into second spot in Regional Division Two North West.