Malden 151-7

Woking and Horsell 150-7

Report by Des Cooke

The day started well with Paul winning the toss and electing to bowl, no real surprise as he had ten potential bowlers available to him. Ben Storey opened the bowling, much to the delight of the assembled players wives and girlfriends. Some good tight bowling early on restricted the visitors to a 3 an over for the first twenty but wickets were hard to come by. The ball seemed to be finding the gap or Smithy every time. A change of bowling saw the introduction of JD & Roger. Unfortunately, the arrival of Roger’s wife from South Africa the previous week seems to have affected his fitness, as two overs in he pulled up with a groin strain and was forced to leave the field to “receive some attention”. JD at the other end continued to plug away and wickets were starting to fall at regular intervals. Some more bowler rotation and some excellent glove work from P. Allen eventually saw the visitors to 151-7 off 50 overs, at which point their skipper made a positive declaration, inviting us to go for the win and 13 points.

The W&H innings started badly with the dismissal of P. Allen for 0. Of the first 8 overs, 5 were maidens; perhaps this wasn’t going to be so easy after all. Mattocks batted competently for a time before losing concentration completely and dancing down the wicket and getting out. At this point the famous W&H middle order resilience took a temporary leave of absence and we found ourselves at 80-5 with twenty overs or so remaining. The batsmen’s discussion revolved around pushing the singles and not conceding any more wickets at this stage. However, when we found ourselves at 90-7 with JD & Cooke at the crease, and only Smithy and Paul still to come, things looked bleak. Some patient and controlled batting from myself and JD found us needing 18 runs to win off the last 3 overs, game on. 5 runs off the first and we were still on course. Only 1 run off the penultimate over however meant 12 runs were now needed off the last 6 balls to win. A quick check in the skippers direction to confirm whether to go for it and 8 runs are taken off the first 5 balls. 4 runs to win off the last ball, all the fielders on the boundary, deep breath from the batsman. The bowler runs up, bowls, and it’s a top edge towards third man, only two runs managed and 4 points for a winning draw. JD puts in another good performance with 4-40 and 30 not out and the team remains unbeaten this season.

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