Cool heads, accurate bowling and some sharp keeping by stumps man Giles Green allowed Woking & Horsell to secure a vital victory over bogey team Churt. Once again with another week of rain the pitch was soft and slow and offered great help to the bowlers. Churt had no hesitation upon winning the toss to put Woking into bat.

Despite the difficult conditions openers Jamie Williams and Toby Green managed to survive the first 10 overs with only one major alarm when they collided heavily mid pitch and Williams was lucky to survive both at the crease and without breaking his ribs!

A platform of 32 for the opening wicket was a decent start, but once the first wicket fell the middle order struggled to impose themselves as Churt relied heavily on the experience of Thomas and Power to stem the flow of runs. Green was keen to buckle down but well aware that the pitch was tough he wanted to keep the scoreboard ticking. When he fell for 29 the innings was struggling at 67 for 5.

Tom Dunbar and Liam Monaghan initially consolidated as the score limped on to 80 after 40 overs, but then looked to accelerate and the innings was given a major boost by a whirlwind cameo from Qais Nawaz who smashed 2 sixes in his 27. Damien Honey and Shazad Hussain put on a crucial 18 runs for the last wicket to bring the score up to 149 all out.

Churt had 46 overs to get the runs and started off slowly against the spinners, but it was ‘Golden Arm’ Nawaz who made the breakthrough taking 2 wickets in his 1st over with the new ball, the first to a lightning stumping from Green. Things then got a bit lively with the swirly winds producing swirling rain and the Churt tempers which had been on edge throughout now combusted as the umpires took the players off.

It hardly seemed worth stressing about as only 3 minutes and no overs were lost, but it fired the Woking side up as Nawaz continued his great game with a brilliant direct hit run out from the boundary to remove the fiery Higgins. Spinner Honey and seamer Sammy Managei kept up the pressure with regular breakthroughs, picking up 3 wickets each. However, skipper Power kept Churt in the hunt as he crashed 43 to push Churt up to the winning draw total.

Woking were not phased though as all the while Power was swinging it gave them a better chance of picking up his wicket and eventually it was a smart stumping by Green off Phil West which sealed the victory by 25 runs.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with this win’, said skipper Honey. “They’ve been our bogey side recently and we were robbed of victory there last year so it feels really good to win this. Once again our bowling was accurate and batting the full 55 overs was crucial. It was Qais’ knock which made the difference and he had a good all round game.”

“It would be nice now if we can put consecutive wins together as we’ve not been able to do that yet.”

The win puts Woking up to 4th in the table.

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