WHCC 144 AO
by Toby Aldred
Despite dominating phases of the game Woking & Horsell fell cruelly short of even a point on Saturday, succumbing to their second successive defeat. Having won the toss Thompson had no hesitation in inviting Beddington to bat and under a sunny sky that choice soon looked vindicated. Storey opened proceedings with a leg side full toss but made amends next ball with a caught and bowled. More wickets fell as Beddington batsmen played a succession of howling strokes and at 80-7 an early shower beckoned. However a rather annoying stand of 70 odd between the fourth member of Busted and the Beddington skipper put paid to thoughts of tea and cake and a competitive total was placed by a last wicket stand of 30 odd. However thanks to some good fielding by Ambrose, bowling by Johnson (a masterly 4-for and less we forget quite an impressive dropped catch), Storey (soft cocked a 3-for) and Kas it was a score W&H would have settled for at the start.
After a melon fuelled tea, Ambrose opened up with a four and a swift dismissal. Gibney then played a selection of easy to the eye strokes and moved the scores along to 40 before mistiming a drive and patting one back to the bowler. Day and Porters looked comfortable before Val fell to a delivery. Portlock could consider himself unlucky with a leg before decision that hit him outside the line of off. Thompson and Aldred began to pick things up before Thompson fell to a rather well taken catch at slip. When Kas fell next ball W&H looked in a spot of bother but some lusty blows by Bird, streaky chip and chasing from Aldred and quick scampering between the wickets began to turn the game around. At 144-6 Woking & Horsell seemed inpole position however the loss of the last four wickets for no runs ratherput the dampers on proceedings.