Following a nail-biting victory the previous week, Woking took to the field on a beautifully prepared Brewery Road pitch looking forward to another close encounter with Addiscombe.
 
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Woking began in positive fashion with captain James Morley pulling the first ball of the innings for 4. After Morley was dismissed, Managei (44) and Toby Green (54) began a dominant partnership taking the home side to 116 for 1. However, this was to be one of those games where a piece of fielding changes the course of the match when Managei was run out with a direct hit from the boundary just as Woking were in total control lining up a score well over 200. From here on in Woking struggled to form any lasting partnerships with wickets falling at regular intervals before finally being dismissed for 195 all out from just 44 overs, leaving 6 overs worth of runs out on the field, a cardinal sin in limited overs cricket.
 
Whilst 195 was below par on such a good pitch, it was still a defendable total. Woking started brightly with Shazad Hussein and Fazli Hadi both getting movement from the new ball picking up 2 early wickets. From here on Addiscombe's opener Poulton and number four, Crowie, began to establish a partnership rivalling Green & Managei's in the first innings. And it wasn't until the away side had reached 153 that the partnership was finally broken with Hussein returning to the attack and removing Crowie and the incoming Benham in quick succession, raising hopes of another dramatic late win. It wasn’t to be as Poulton managed to guide his team home with an excellent hundred, leaving Woking to rue missed opportunities with the bat and a little untidiness in the field.
 
Woking will be looking for a better performance next weekend, with captain Honey returning to the fold and the league fixtures changing from the limited overs format to declaration cricket.
 
"It's disappointing we couldn't convert the start we had with the bat, particularly with the strong team we had, but there are positives to take through to next week and the change of format”. Giles Green vice captain.

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