One of the most memorable matches in the history of Woking and Horsell Cricket Club boiled up to an incredible last ball victory at Chertsey last Sunday.
Despite several injuries Woking’s side was by no means weak, due to the popularity of the fixture. Chertsey won the toss and batted and were given a good start by Russel (71) and Dennett (7) who put on 52 for the first wicket.
Their initial momentum was not however continued with wickets falling regularly to the guile and experience of spin kings Bob Hollands (4-47) and Richard Kitchen (3-48). Further resistance came only from Perks (33 not out), before a declaration at 5 o’clock at 169-9.
Woking’s innings started dismally, with both Bob Moore and Paul Webb returning to the pavilion with only 24 on the board. Immediately, however, following his excellent performance behind the stumps, Paul Webb returned to act as runner for Ian Hopkins, batting in agony with a torn muscle.
Martin Raybould (49) and Hopkins (44) then batted brilliantly to add 90 in just 15 overs before both were run out leaving the remaining batsmen a target of some 45 in the last 14 overs. Mel Webb (21) and Nigel Pakulski (17) continued to push along in the face of an accurate attack from Kingston (2-45) and Reynolds (3-63).
Then came the eventful last over of the game. Woking required seven to win with four wickets remaining. The first ball provided the run out of Kitchen going for a sharp second run. A leg bye on the second ball was followed by Nick Day being bowled off the third. Hollands then pushed a single off the fourth, leaving four to win off two balls with two wickets remaining.
Nigel Pakulski attempted to smashed the next ball for six, but was well caught on the boundary by Ryan. The last ball therefore arrived. Bob Hollands having decided to ignore the pleas of players, captain and vice-captain wound up to hit the last ball with a swing reminiscent of Ian Botham, straight past the bowler for the four required, to win the game in Boys’ Own style by one wicket.