The day didn’t start particularly well with the bad weather and a dismal fielding practice which was cut short when a shy at the stumps kicked up of our “bowling green” outfield and hit M in the head. Off he went to find some ice from behind the bar causing a reshuffle in the batting, sorry I meant scoring, order. So, what would this week bring? Following a much needed victory at Mitcham last week there was a little bit more confidence in the batting compared to the feeble efforts against Ashford and Valley End and it showed. Despite losing the toss and batting first for the first time this season, Tommo and Malcolm were on fire playing shots all round the wicket as we reached the drinks break 146-0. It was at this point that M felt it was probably safe to post the first ever second eleven live score update on the new Woking and Horsell Facebook page, sign up folks you don’t know what you’re missing, without jinxing anything. Predictably enough Malcolm was out four runs later for a superb 79 but that just seem to inspire Tommo who stepped up a gear and aided by Worgs, who also played some nice shots, we took our score up to 238-5 declared.
An excellent tea followed, coronation chicken sandwiches are always a winner, watching Chris Gayle pummel the Australian bowling into the Oval tube station (Sorry Jamie, you can edit this bit out if you want to!!). Lovely!
It was at this point that things started to go wrong. These days, the umpire’s cry of left hand tends to send shivers down the spine of the second team as people are sent scurrying off to do the sightscreen and that is precisely what happened. 29 overs later we took our first wicket, a slightly bizarre “stumping” from Deano standing back. What preceded that, was three, four or possibly even five missed chances in the first ten minutes of the Alleyn innings which may well have changed the game. Some uninspiring bowling meant that little else was created after the opening overs, although there was some more fortune when their opening batsmen trod on his wicket.
Tommo also managed to get struck on the head when fielding in close without a lid, and despite putting some ice on it before coming off the field, didn’t look too great at the end of the game.
With a couple more wickets taken the game slowed down a bit which took us past eight o’clock. The game finally ended with the help of a no ball to take AHO past the required total which added to the confusion at the end. That summed up the last three hours of our day really. Roll on next week.