WHCC Vs Old Woking – Sunday 14th July.
Nigel won the toss and decided (much to the delight of the team) to bat first and make the opposition sweat in the field on the hottest match day of the year so far. The fact that half of our team hadn’t turned up had nothing to do with it of course but it did give Nigel the opportunity to open with Mike Walsh and Peter Smith (much to the delight of Helen). Smithy failed to hit the six that Helen had promised would happen but he did stay in and see off the openers before sacrificing his wicket to avoid buying a jug (don’t panic the jug mark for Peter was set at 10 not the usual 50). The early run rate was poor as tight bowling restricted our usual ability to score freely and frustration at this cost us a few wickets. Mike Walsh hung in there for a long time but with the game wearing on he got out trying too hard to increase the run rate. Fortunately Kamesh Nara came in to bolster the middle order and showed us a great variety of shots as he made 63 not out when we declared on 167 for 9 off 49.5 Overs.
ajeev and Fowles were selected as the opening bowlers (stop sniggering it was that or Smithy!!) and both took two wickets for 27 runs off 8 Overs each. Rajeev’s were both bowled, my first was a rank wide long hop that was slashed into Albert’s waiting hands of my second ball and my second was a stumping by Kamesh (the third off my bowling in 2 games!). Mandar and Guest came on as replacements but for a change neither really shone and it was down to the bowling Colossus’ of Walsh and Smith to rescue the game for us. Mike bowled some quality deliveries and not once did we see the head high beamer make an appearance, the delivery we have all come to know and love from Mike. Smithy at the other end was showing his usual Warnesque range of deliveries (that would be Gavin Warne who delivers Pizza’s not that Australian bloke) and was taking crucial wickets at the right time. The game was only a friendly but obviously the sight of Helen sunning herself in the outfield had got Smithy’s blood pressure up (either that or the Viagra makes you aggressive) as his celebrations were loader with every wicket. With the Overs running out it looked like Old Woking might hold on for a draw but Smithy managed to out think them, got the final wicket as the opposition finished on 150 all out and finished with figures of 7.1 Overs, 4 Wickets for 32 runs.
The fielding was very good again especially from Kamesh who had two stumpings for the second week in a row and Gianotti who seemed like a man possessed although special mention goes to Uzman for being Mr Casual and dropping a sitter off Peter Simth.