Woking & Horsell 203 for 5
Merrow 122 for 7
We arrived on a warm, sunny and windy afternoon to find CJ on the heavy roller (no, sadly Scotty wasn’t back in the squad), wheel in one hand and a bottle on Becks in the other, no change there then, preparing a belter of a cricket wicket for the Sunday all stars. Sunda
The W&H Skipper (wot a great tosser he is) won the flip of the coin and chose to bat. Hargan (senior) having seen a missed opportunity being relegated to the no.5 spot after doing a splendid job of opening last week, took to grumbling like we’ve not seen before. Someone was quoted as saying that the Krankies were back in town…
The openers got us off to an excellent start by putting on 84 for the first wicket with fine driving by Sam Way, Salami treating us to a variety of attacking gusto with some typical leg glances and pulls. Sam made 30 before being caught, this brought Ferrari to the crease. The Italian Stallion, with head marginally outshining Charlie’s strip, played a typical innings that proved to be the backbone for the side. Salami reached a very well deserved 50 and announced his intention to go on and get his first hundred for the club was bowled playing a very loose shot the very next ball!
Mark, of overseas persuasion, needed a gentle reminder shortly after coming to the crease that in England, if you hit the ball and get caught behind you should walk. Still, only a moment or two after his aberration he got his comeuppance when he took a large stride down the wicket, got wrapped on the pads and triggered by the umpire.
This bought Billy to the crease, with almost a run a ball, looked in fine form striking a handsome 22 before getting his feet in the wrong position and finding himself being given LBW. In true Krankie style, he made his way back to the pavilion mumbling and crumbing before launching his bat at his kit bag!
Both Paul (unfortunately run out in an attempt to take a cheeky single) and Matt played brief cameo innings (18 & 20 respectively) scoring quickly before the skipper declared the innings at 4.40pm, Leaving Ferrari on a well built & cultured 41 not out at the end.
An excellent Tea provided by the charming Hall Family (where wos Albert? absent again – the team are starting to talk….) provided a brief interlude before the experienced Paul and young debutant Phil opened the W&H attack.
Paul bowled a tight 12 overs, taking 1 for 21, decided to change ends half way through when he had a problem with ‘wind’. Phil showed little nerves and gave us a very impressive display of his blossoming talent by showing great control and moving the ball off the seam. He ended up taking 2 wickets for 22 from 10 overs – surely one for the future (sadly unlike your correspondent for the day). Must make mention of the excellent catch taken by Billy in the slips which gave him cause to smile (or he will probably kick the sh*t out of me next week).
With the oppo at 26 for 2, making rather heavy weather of the run chase, Jerry was bought into the attack to torment them with nagging flight, length and line but could only tease out 1 for 31 from his 11 overs. This now means he is one wicket behind the absent Smudge as leading wicket taker for the season, a battle likely to go all the way…..
Salami had a go at giving it some flight, but shouldn’t have bothered really, Mark bowled with some venom and managed to take a couple of wickets and the skipper took a splendid caught and bowled in his 1 for 5 from three overs.
Sadly the game fizzled out a bit at the end, there opener finished with 46, having been there for 44 overs (and we only received 42!).
Still, despite the draw some good cricket was in evidence throughout the day, although disappointed to not have won, we go forward with confidence to play some very nice gentlemen from Surrey Gymkhana next week.