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WHCC 244 all out off 49.3 overs
Churt 183 all out off 44.3 overs

 
Woking and Horsell had the best possible end to their season on Saturday as a resounding victory over 5th placed Churt allowed them to finished in 3rd place, 17 points behind promoted Chessington. The fitting finale couldn’t have been scripted better as Ian Meyer picked up the last wicket with his final delivery for the club!
 
Earlier on Woking’s opening batsmen had put on a display of awesome batting as they powered Woking passed the 100 mark in only the 14th over. Jason Barber bludgeoned his way to 73 off 66 balls, smashing the Churt opening bowlers including their overseas player Van Schwalkwyk out of the attack after only 7 overs. This took him to 645 runs for the season, the second most in the league and the most by a Woking and Horsell player since Meyer’s record breaking 769 in 1998.
 
Skipper Toby Green continued in this vain as he received more of the strike once Barber was out and attained his 4th fifty of the season. He was eventually out for 72 from 76 balls. This brought Meyer to the crease in his last innings and despite looking in no trouble during his run a ball 21 he fell to a long hop from spinner Askew. Maybe he was suffering from scampering an all run five the previous over!
 
Askew (6 for 82) was by now applying some sort of control on the Woking innings and wickets fell regularly as Woking chased quick runs. Run a ball cameo’s from Giles Green and John Hargan allowed Woking to reach 244 all out and give themselves plenty of overs to bowl Churt out.
 
Meyer opened the bowling for the first time in many years and he picked up the early wicket of Lyon-Taylor caught by debutant Cy Padmore. At the other end 14 year old Hargan was exerting great control and showing experience beyond his years. He was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket himself as the first of an incredible 14 missed chances during the innings went down.
 
Green brought Damien Honey during the attack and the spinner quickly added to his wicket haul for the season with 3 wickets in 11 balls with some delightful variations as Churt wobbled to 44 for 4. Van Schwalkwyk (68) looked to make amends for his bowling with some huge boundaries before a comical run out and then good running catches by Padmore and Hubble off Honey and Green respectively saw any slim chance of a Churt victory disappear.
 
Hargan returned to pick up a deserved first wicket for the 1st XI and the scene was set for Meyer to return to the attack to pick up the last wicket. He didnt disappoint having Cowles LBW 2nd ball.
 
“We played some excellent and some very ordinary cricket today. It pretty much summed up our season, a great start, a collapse in the middle, a lack of quick bowling penetration, but we came through in the end and the finish was just ideal,” said Honey.
 
“We seem to be losing one of our most important players every season at the moment, having lost Morley, Johnson (retired), Walsh and now Meyer in the last few years, but we saw a bit of the future with young John Hargan looking very promising with the new ball. We all wish Ian, Corrie and Brooke well in New Zealand and they will be sorely missed. Ian was our first dip into the overseas market and we discovered a real gem. No one has got within 100 runs of his great first season and he has been a great servant to the club in his years here.”
 
Ian will be leaving his successful (3000+ runs @ 41 and 80 wickets @ 20 for W+H) cricket career behind as he attempts to raise his World Bowls ranking from 36 back in his home town of Palmerston North.

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