Valley End 187 for 7
W & H 188 For 6
After last weeks Tie at Old Wimbledonians W&H set of to Valley End in their continuing search for that elusive away Win.After much discussion over directions to the ground this proved to be rather more difficult for Captain Matt and the rest of the Allen family who proceeded to scour Chobham and the surrounding countryside, eventually arriving at their destination thanks to Smithy guiding them in with mobile phone.
Valley End then proceeded to bat and got of to a solid start. Mark Hodgkiss (0-45) and Captain Matt (0-27) tried but were unable to get the breakthrough and the signs were ominous a big total was looming.
Enter the twirly kings of Peter Smith (3-67) and Jerry Allen (3-29) to peg back the scoring rate (well Jerry did!) and take some wickets, the score went from 77 for 0 to
150 for 7 with the bowling ably assisted by some excellent fielding and good catches by Adam Infante and Chris Way. Woking though could not finish off the tail and a late flurry of runs saw a declaration at 187 for 7.
After an excellent tea Woking set about their target, openers Billy Hargan (35) and Sam Way (10) got the innings flowing especially Billy who was smashing the ball to the boundry at regular intervals. Sam departed with the score on 39 and Billy was then caught off the toe of the bat. Albert (11) then join Mark Hodgkiss (31) to try and get the runs required below 100 before the last 20 overs. Unfortunately Albert departed caught off first slip’s boot and Mark was caught at mid-on. This brought the two young guys who had fielded so well to the crease Chris Way (16) and Adam Infante (25no).The score was pushed along and even after Chris was Run Out, Adam was joined by Captain Matt (22) to almost see Woking home until Matt (who admitted after) played a rash shot and was bowled with 10 still needed. Hamza joined Adam and the remaining runs were accrued to secure a fine win by 4 Wickets, Adam finishing on 25 Not Out a very mature innings for one so young.
Success at last an AWAY WIN!
A good all round performance with everyone contributing including Allen senior who was once again HPO!