Woking and Horsell made an excellent start to the ‘100 over’ format of the Surrey Championship on Saturday as they brushed aside Old Wimbledonians at Brewery Road. 

Woking were invited to bat first on a pitch which was in remarkably good condition, despite the very wet start to the season, yet still offered a bit of help to the bowlers, especially with the new ball.

 Toby Green (62) once again was the top run scorer in a total of 220, but this time he received support from several of his team mates. Sammy Managei hit 32 and James Morley 30 as together with Green they pushed towards a decent total. For once the middle order did not disappoint as Jan Kreder and Qais Nawaz threatened to take the score to 250 with some big hits. However, once they were out the innings faded and a total of 220 was nothing more than par.

Phil West picked up a wicket with his first ball as Wimbledonians got underway, but the destructive Eugene Berger set about reaching the target all on his own. However, just as he threatened to take control Shazad Hussain took 2 wickets in consecutive balls. No one else was able to match Berger’s innings and wickets came at regular intervals as accurate seam bowling from Managei and Nawaz was backed up by superb catching, especially in the slip cordon by Williams and Morley.

 The 8th wicket pair of Driessens and Baker showed some resistance, but Woking stuck to their task and there was a fitting end as James Morley, who announced his imminent retirement on Friday took the final wicket as the Wimbledonian innings closed on 142. 

Returning skipper Damien Honey was delighted with the win, ‘Today was a good performance from the boys. There was nothing spectacular, we just batted sensibly, bowled in the right areas and took our chances in the field. We made the game looked very straightforward and showed that if you do the simple things right then you tend to get results. Toby batted well again and Sammy and Qais bowled great lines and some of the catching was exceptional. You couldn’t have scripted the end to the game better either, with Morlers bagging the last wicket. He is a great team man, who really encourages the guys and will be sorely missed.’ 

Woking will look to build on this win at Staines this weekend.

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