Dorking Vs WHCC – Sunday 21st July 2002.
The assembled team was short of some of it’s regular talent especially as several people had dropped out and Uzman had decided not to turn up at all. Peter Smith managed to press gang one colt (Shasad) into the team so that we at least had 10 players for the game.
We were all looking forward to playing on Dorking’s picturesque home ground but on arrival were informed we would be playing on their third eleven ground a.k.a. the field with the shack off the A24. Des and Peter lead the grumbling for a change but we were reliably informed the facilities had been upgraded. Christ only knows what they were like before because the current facilities were two sheds (not even B&Q deluxe models), a chemical bog (in smaller shed round the back) and a Japanese war surplus punishment box (as a score hut/store).
We batted first and courtesy of Uzman once again we allowed Peter Smith to open this time with Fingers to accompany him. We had great difficulty in scoring runs and lost wickets cheaply and far too often including Smithy who got out trying to push the run rate but his 17 runs and one and a quarter hours at the crease were welcomed. Des Cooke hit the only four of our innings and then got out playing a shocking shot that so disgusted him he had to chuck his kit around, sulk in the long grass, wonder round most of Dorking before calming down and umpiring for the rest of the game. In the meantime Chris Guest had started to show his abilities with the bat and compiled a useful 23 runs which was only bettered by Matt Allan’s 24 not out at the death leaving us a total of 116 all out off 49 overs to defend.
Fowles and Rajeev opened the bowling but struggled to get any help out of the pitch or get the batsmen to play any risky shots but the bowling was at least tight. The bowling was regularly rotated with Shasad and S Zafar unlucky not to take wickets but Smithy did managed to get both openers out and Chris Guest took the other wicket as Dorking won after 36 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
Hopefully we will have some stronger batting for next week’s game at Pyrford.