The stand in
Woking & Horsell 119 AO
Battersea Ironsides 73 AO
W&H won by 46 runs
Man of the Match: Sam Way
A tumultuous week leading up to the game with the skipper being called up to the Sunday XI and hence unavailable for normal Saturday duties. Cue the vice captain to take over, against the same side he skippered against last year - coincidence??
The game kicked off in perfect weather at Woking Park with W&H losing the toss and batting first. After some promising, but ultimately low scoring starts from the upper order W&H were soon on the ropes. The steady flow of wickets continued throughout much of the afternoon, with no batsmen making greater than 17! Special mention must go to Hamza however for top scoring - from number 8. The tail wagged again (thankfully!) and strike lower order batsman Hamid was lucky to be bowled on a no-ball. With the total of 119 not even surpassing last year's 149 against the same side its fair to say that heads were low heading back into the sheds.
But then... it happened. Scholars reading through the historical scorebooks of W&H glory years in the distant future will not beleive it. But it happened. The fightback!
Zohaib and Maneeb opened the bowling with some lean and accurate bowling, Zohaib taking two for his efforts in a fine display. This included a catch over his shoulder at long on from Paul Bennett that had the crowd on it's feet.
First change was Saf from the Guildford end which he kicked off superbly. A catch by the skipper at mid off and we suddenly had a game on our hands.
Sam 'the destroyer' Way was brought on from the pavillion end and bowled one of the finest spells W&H 3rds have seen in a while. The Ironsides had no idea what he was bowling and deservedly he ended up with a five wicket haul for his efforts.
The attitude in the sheds after the game was nothign short of ecstatic. A bowling and fielding effort from all the boys (we didn't drop a catch!) - certainly one to be proud of. Now to follow it up next week against Ripley.
P.S. My apologies for the cricket related nature of this report as Walshy is away!