by Toby Aldred
A fine all round display by Peter Hobbs almost saw Woking & Horsell finish off a cracking day's cricket with a great second innings victory. Having gone to the wicket with Woking, chasing 185, and seemingly drifting towards a winning draw Hobbs cracked the ball to all parts of the ground in a rapid 38. With the last over due the deficit had been reduced to 10 runs but after Hobbs was bowled off the second ball, and despite some sharp running between the wickets, White and Hankins could only get Woking to 181-8. To fall so close was a disappointment, particularly considering some of the pathetic comments made by the Sutton captain. So just for the record, we might well be a "f**k@ng bunch of *****", and as you say maybe you "shouldn't have to play such f@@@@@ shit sides" but at least we play a cricket in a manner befitting grown men and can take an easy four points off a side allegedly so superior.
Anyhow village layabout aside this was a most entertaining game of cricket played on a superb track under glorious sunny conditions. On a day when most things went right for Woking Hankins won the toss and put Sutton in. Early inroads were made by both Hobbs and White (including 2 in 3 balls) as Sutton
struggled to 40-4. But despite an extremely tidy fielding display and a fine spell of bowling from Storey (whose deserved wicket was cancelled out by overstepping the mark - cost us?) Sutton ground their way back into the game with a fine 5th wicket partnership of 120. Their number six finally going to a great catch in the deep by Hankins off a rare Hobbs full bunger.
After a tea interval where a total of about 5 sandwiches and 7 cakes where eaten (it was hot) to most people's shock and delight W&H 2xi complied a decent opening partnership. Gibney in particular looked in regal form, playing a number of delicious looking cover drives and cuts, but Seward also joined the party hitting a couple of rasping boundaries. Horse however was the first to fall, a rather unlucky looking LBW, and a couple over later Gibney, looking for another big shot was left high and dry by an exaggerated off break. At which point the inning rather stalled. Aldred put together a painful 15, a score which Staples and Mouzoures although looking more fluent could match but not better. With the
emphasis now on attack Woking lost a number of quick wickets and looked set for the winning draw until Hobbs injected some high drama into proceedings.
So for the second week running it was a case of close but not close enough, andHankins will surely be looking for his side to go one step further and grab all13 points in his final game of the season, this Saturday.