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Captain: Damien Honey

Vice Captain: Giles Green

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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.

Following a nail-biting victory the previous week, Woking took to the field on a beautifully prepared Brewery Road pitch looking forward to another close encounter with Addiscombe.
 
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Woking began in positive fashion with captain James Morley pulling the first ball of the innings for 4. After Morley was dismissed, Managei (44) and Toby Green (54) began a dominant partnership taking the home side to 116 for 1. However, this was to be one of those games where a piece of fielding changes the course of the match when Managei was run out with a direct hit from the boundary just as Woking were in total control lining up a score well over 200. From here on in Woking struggled to form any lasting partnerships with wickets falling at regular intervals before finally being dismissed for 195 all out from just 44 overs, leaving 6 overs worth of runs out on the field, a cardinal sin in limited overs cricket.
 
Whilst 195 was below par on such a good pitch, it was still a defendable total. Woking started brightly with Shazad Hussein and Fazli Hadi both getting movement from the new ball picking up 2 early wickets. From here on Addiscombe's opener Poulton and number four, Crowie, began to establish a partnership rivalling Green & Managei's in the first innings. And it wasn't until the away side had reached 153 that the partnership was finally broken with Hussein returning to the attack and removing Crowie and the incoming Benham in quick succession, raising hopes of another dramatic late win. It wasn’t to be as Poulton managed to guide his team home with an excellent hundred, leaving Woking to rue missed opportunities with the bat and a little untidiness in the field.
 
Woking will be looking for a better performance next weekend, with captain Honey returning to the fold and the league fixtures changing from the limited overs format to declaration cricket.
 
"It's disappointing we couldn't convert the start we had with the bat, particularly with the strong team we had, but there are positives to take through to next week and the change of format”. Giles Green vice captain.

After the frustrating start to the season with total washout of pre-season friendlies and the 1st league fixture, Woking and Horsell suffered more frustration at the weekend, this time on the pitch, as their batting failed to function away at Chessington.
 
Losing the toss and inevitably being asked to bat on a predictably bowler friendly wicket they suffered the worst possible start, falling to 14 for 4 after 12 overs. The experienced Toby Green and newly promoted John Wolff started a recovery against a Chessington bowling attack which did exactly what was required, by putting the ball consistently in the right areas, and by drinks Woking had reached 45 for 4 off 25 overs. Runs were difficult to come by on an outfield which had seemingly not been cut for weeks!
 
What followed was inexplicable after a conversation about playing sensible cricket for the next 15 overs as Green hit the 1st ball after drinks into orbit and was well caught by overseas player Ben Holt. A procession of wickets saw Woking collapse to a dismal 53 all out.
 
Knowing that the target was so low, the Chessington openers were able to chance their arm and a flurry of boundaries through the slips saw the target halved. With skipper Damien Honey keen to look at his new bowling attack, the bowlers chopped and changed and a really spirited last half hour from the team in the field from the visitors saw the result take on a new complexion as 6 wickets fell. Newcomer Phil West picked up 3 wickets on debut and Qais Nawaz proved what a useful asset he can be with the ball with 2 wickets in a tidy late spell as Chessington creeped to the target with 6 wickets down.
 
Skipper Honey was left with mixed emotions after the game, "Whilst i was delighted with our fightback at the end, it just showed that a total of 120 on a pitch and outfield like that would have been a winning score. The conditions may have been difficult but i am very disappointed how my most experienced batsmen all 'got themselves out'. But it was good to get some positives come out of the game with newcomers, Phil, Sammy, Fazli and Wolffy all showing that they will be good assets to the team."
 
Next week Woking begin three tough home fixtures with a visit from last seasons top run getters Bank of England.
 

Arriving at the lovely setting of Addiscombe CC to play the first return fixture of the season, you could be forgiven to mocking my comment of ‘I’ve just got a good feeling about today’.

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Saturday saw the 1st XI return to Brewery Road and continue to build on the performances that have steadily been improving week after week.

With a strong batting line up we were keen to ensure we managed an outright win and kept the momentum of the season on the up. After winning the toss I decided we would bowl on a very muggy day with the forecast for sun later on.

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