OWs - 235-9 - P Hobbs 4-45

WHCC - 175-9 - P Hobbs 33*

by Toby Aldred

On a gorgeous sunny day Old Whitgiftinians won the toss and after mulling over the options to bat or bowl, with only 8 players having arrived, elected to bat. Beautiful Ben and Curtley were given the new ball but despite the odd play and
miss the openers got off to an absolute flyer posting 60 off the first 8 overs. A double bowling change brought Hobbs and Hankins on. After having a very close appeal for a caught behind not given, Hankins and Hobbs both took important
wickets. Hobbsy in particular worked over the batsmen with as fine a spell of bowling as we've seen this season. But with the muggy heat increasing he had to take a blow with Gibbers and Hankins now bowling in tandem for the next 20
overs. Gibbers, extracting considerable turn, was unlucky to have three catches ropped off his bowling but in his longest spell for over two years picked up three wickets. Hankins also took a deserved couple, with Hobbs finishing with
four. After 53.5 overs Old Whits declared on an impressive 235-9, with all their batsmen, right down to 11, having chipped in.

Gibbers and Thomo made a slow start in reply. Looking to kick start the run rate Thomo played an adventurous looking shot which flew at pace to the wicketkeeper who took a good catch. Gibbers followed not long after, bringing Horse and
Aldred to the crease. After scratching around for a few overs both players opened up and had seemngly brought Woking right back into the game. However with score on 80 (ish) Horse aimed one extravagant sweep too many and was clean
bowled. Not long after Aldred slapped one straight down long off's throat and was swiftly followed by Rob, Day and Hankins. Curtly and Hobbs attempted to push Woking towards at least 4 points, both belting out some meaty punishment to the
Old Whit grenade launchers, however when Curt fell it was a sure sign of time to shut shop. Deano stayed put with Hobbs for another five overs before leaving the beautiful one to see out the penultimate over to guarantee the point.

A few well chosen words were uttered in the changing room after as this was a game W&H should have taken at least four points from. Even after the score Old Whits raised the batsmen should have really applied themselves better against an attack that could at best be described as ordinary. However with the league still quite open the 2XI should take heart from the fact they are good enough to compete with all the sides in the league.


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