Woking & Horsell were blown away by Staines opening bowler Tim Bloomfield as they looked to build on last week’s victory. The former Middlesex player took 6 for 22 from 20 overs and was unplayable at times on a pitch which offered much help to the bowlers after a week of torrential rain.

Skipper Damo Honey won his first toss of the season and invited Staines to bat first and was soon rewarded as Kiwi Ian Meyer picked up a wicket with his 2nd ball in his first game since 2010. League top run scorer Felix Walker attempted to dig in, but his 49 ball marathon innings for just 3 was ended by a sharp reaction catch by Toby Green off Sammy Managei’s first ball.

When skipper Kirk Mullard fell Staines were in trouble at 33 for 4 from 23 overs and Woking scented the opportunity to chase a low score. However, Bolton joined Smith and played the innings of the game, chancing his arm through the leg side but hitting 52 in progress including a partnership of 45 with Bloomfield which was the key. Shazad Hussain returned to blast out the tail and pick up 4 for 24 as the Staines innings closed at 124 all out. Woking were left to rue missed opportunities as run out and stumping chances were missed and a couple of catches went down.

They then got off to the worst possible start as the in-form Green and Managei both fell early. Although the middle order battled valiantly they had no answer to Bloomfield.  Runs were easier to come by at the other end as Meyer crashed the spin of Tuitt for successive boundaries, while John Wolff was unlucky to be adjudged lbw for 8. Once Meyer had gone the game seemed up at 60 for 8, but keeper Giles Green who has yet to be dismissed this year had other ideas. Together with Honey, they put on the highest partnership of the innings, but after Honey fell and a couple of blows from Hussain, the innings was over at 100, just 24 runs short of Staines. Green was left stranded top scoring with 20 not out.

The defeat leaves Woking just above the relegation places with some crucial games coming up starting with this week against bottom side Churt.

“It’s difficult to pin point exactly why we lost on Saturday. We missed a couple of chances in the field which could have cost us 30 runs, but we still thought that 125 was below par and very gettable. But then we came up against one of the best and most experienced bowlers in the league and its no coincidence that Staines have won every game that he has played, yet lost the others. We just need a partnership of 30/40 from within our top 6 and I think we would have gone on to win. Once again the bowling was excellent and it was great to have Quag (Meyer) back in the side,” said Honey.

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