Old Rutlishians 206 all out off 51.5 overs
Woking and Horsell 189 for 9 off 49 overs
Winning draw to Old Ruts
An under prepared Woking and Horsell side fought valiantly but were unable to force a victory in their 1st game of the season. Having put newly Old Rutlishians into bat they allowed them to amass too many runs to making chasing comfortable for a batting line up which had had so little practise. In the end it was left to last pair Giles Green and Dough Duckworth to play out the last 3 overs to achieve a draw.
Earlier on the Old Ruts innings had been held together by captain Salman Mohammed after good spells by debutant Qais Nawaz and the evergreen James Morley (3 for 28) who picked up 3 quick wickets following drinks to leave them struggling at 63 for 3.
Mohammed who had chanced his luck early on with 2 dropped catches, took the attack to the bowlers although Ryan Pogson impressed with 2 wickets and David Gibney picked up the wicket of Read in his first over. At 133 for 6 Woking looked to tie up the innings, but Mohammed stood firm and had good help from the lower order.
Ross Morley (3 for 28) returned to blast out the tail and Mohammed for 73, but then number 9 Cooper blasted a quickfire 31 to push the Old Ruts score above 200.
Woking’s innings had the worst possible start as skipper Toby Green fell for a duck as Ruts opted to start with an all spin attack. Ross Morley and Pogson stabilised the innings before Morley was bowled for 21 as the new ball was taken. Tom Dunbar looked tentative at the start having only just picked up a bat for the first time since last season, but once he entered his stride, Woking began to build some momentum.
Pogson fell for 28, but Adam Portlock hit the ground running, batting very positively from the off. As the target reached double figures the run rate required was still around 5 and importantly 7 wickets were still left. However, this was always going to be a tough ask at this stage of the season.
Once Portlock fell for 27 and James Morley went for 14, a middle order collapse followed and all of a sudden Woking’s thoughts turned to saving the game. However, whilst Dunbar was there victory was always a possibility and he and Honey forged a run a ball partnership of 25, Dunbar moving past his 50.
However, once Dunbar fell for 66 and Honey went for 10 in the next over it was left to Green and Duckworth to bat out the final overs. A task which they achieved quite comfortably apart from a few interesting moments running between the wickets. Woking finished up 18 short of victory and 10 short of the winning draw target.
“A bit of a stop start performance today,” was the verdict of team manager Damien Honey. “There were many good points though. A lot of our established players started off well, both the Morleys looked in good touch with the ball, Rosco in particular bowled pretty quickly. It was good to see Adam bat so positively and Tom looked in great nick once he got going.”
“It was also really encouraging to see Ryan and Qais come in and perform so well on debut. There were definitely more positives than negatives, we just gave ourselves 30 runs too many to chase and we will also look to bolster our batting line up in the next few weeks.”
This weekend Woking are at home to Southern Railway.