WHCC 76 AO
by Toby Aldred
Having played some very good cricket over the last two weeks without quite managing to pick up full points Woking & Horsell looked forward to grabbing a much needed 13 off a Camberley side two places below them in the league. With sun shinning, two umpires and a long batting line up the were no massive worries when Hankins lost his last toss of the season and W&H were inserted to bat. Three and a half hours later there was still nothing to worry about, or that should be no game to worry about as Woking succumbed to their second pre-4.30 loss of the season.
It began as meant to go on, Gibbers following up last week's mighty innings with a first ball duck, a succession of batsmen following him into the pavilion with only Horse (25) and some lusty blows from Bird and Storey scraping the score up to a pathetic 76. To be fair to Camberley they made the most of a bit if dampness in the wicket, bowling a tight line and length and extracting some, at times, difficult seam movement. Still this was way below a competitive total and despite Ben picking up a scalp with the first ball of the innings and a generally more spirited show in the field Camberley strolled to victory off just 23 overs.
So well and truly a game to forget and certainly not the right way to send off Hankins to Australia. With six games remaining Woking are second bottom and very much relegation candidates. However the bottom half of the table is tight and the team more than good enough to get the three or four decent results that should see the side to safety.