It was an all too familiar story for Woking and Horsell as they succumbed to their 3rd successive defeat at Addiscombe on Saturday. Once again their bowling and fielding excelled to bowl the opposition out for a low score, only to see the batting struggle on a difficult pitch against some good bowling.

Such was the low confidence of either captain in chasing down a total, both were looking to go against the grain in the declaration games and bat first. As it was Addiscombe won the toss and raced away to 88 for 2 off 20 overs as a Woking attack missing all of their regular seamers struggled to keep the runs down. Youngsters Calum Chisholm and John Hargan bowled well and picked up a wicket apiece but too many ‘boundary balls’ allowed the score to tick over.

As mid-innings drinks approached Tom Dunbar changed the impetus of the game with a brilliant run out of Addiscombe main batsman Crowie. When Toby Green in his 1st bowling spell in 5 season removed Moore for 36 in the next over Woking were back in the hunt.

After drinks skipper Damien Honey immediately looked to changed things around bringing Chisholm back into the attack to try and take vital wickets to get into the Addiscombe tail, whilst putting himself on at the other end to dry up the runs. The plan worked perfectly, backed up by some excellent fielding. Liam Monaghan and Pete Day took 5 catches between them and Honey finished with the miserly figures of 4 for 10, superbly supported by Chisholm with his best 1st XI figures of 3 for 38. What had looked at 20 overs at likely being a target of 220 plus was now only 142.

Given the poor form that Woking batsmen have been in this season, a good start was required. This was not to be as the once prolific Dunbar was out for 2 and Green survived a few scares before being trapped for 10. Hargan and Jan Kreder quickly followed to poor judgements and although Day and Monaghan stuck around for a while they failed to change the direction of the game as the score was a paltry 54 for 6.

By now John Wolff had settled into playing the best innings of the match, the only person who really looked comfortable on the pitch. He found able support in Giles Green who has often does, dug deep to ensure that he did not give his wicket away. The pair gradually eeked out a few runs with a partnership of 29. Wolff then was bowled by the ball of the day from Moore and as Green continued to dig in there was a real possibility that what looked a very unlikely result of a draw was possible.

However, Honey, knowing that 1 point for a draw was no good for his team came in at 96 for 8 with all guns blazing scoring 21 at quicker than a run a ball before getting his bat stuck and being run out with only 20 required. Hostilities were now at the forefront as Addiscombe’s opening bowler and captain continued to unleash a barrel of expletives at young Chisholm. Eventually with 20 balls left Chisholm was bowled and Woking were left 16 runs short with Green 23 not out off a painstaking 80 balls.

Woking have a week off now like everyone else in the league for the cycling and skipper Honey will be desperate for his batsmen to rediscover their modjo in this time.

“Once again our bowling and fielding today was exceptional, especially given the inexperience of our attack, but I just don’t understand what’s going wrong for our batsmen. This has been going on for too long now and if we don’t correct it now, it’s going to be a very painful last few games” said Honey.

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