The Old Woking players were also sad – they will miss Lloyd and his off spin (term is used loosely as, in order to spin, a ball should bounce).
Earlier in the day we had tried to play cricket - the weather was great and Old Woking looked at the pitch, realised what a track should look like and, having won the toss, elected to field. Recent criticism of his hiding from the good bowling has worked and Matt duly strolled out to open the innings. What a dramatic change – an opening partnership of 52. The team learnt that Usman is Urdu for opener as Uzi hit a glorious 67 off 75 balls. This was an excellent way to cement his place at the top of the order. Matt had hit a good 23 before getting bowled by a sharp delivery – not so easy up top! Player of this, and probably next, season Albert went in. He is not accustomed to hanging around waiting to bat these days, having been in during the 1st over all too often this season. Albie looked comfortable before hitting a long hop straight to a fielder for a well played 33. Billy hit a scratchy 24 before going and the rest of the innings petered out ending at 192 for 9. The Northern Rock had looked in good form before becoming yet another victim of impatience and holing out to a good catch. Clear highlight was Smithy running out Hamza after he’d hit it about 3 feet and forcing Peter to run 2 off the last ball. Smithy ended on a career high 2 not out and was still talking about his excellent innings at work on Tuesday.
Tea was taken and was really excellent – a great job by Stephanie and Charlie (the nice, non-grumpy one).
Old Woking began the chase in strange style giving wickets away against Albert’s tight bowling. Albert’s 10 overs earned him 4 wickets for just 20 runs. Young Jack Allen bowled a great, but unlucky spell. His 6 overs cost just 7 runs but, despite beating the bat on several occasions, he came out wicketless. Albie’s spell had the vast crowd saying “Jerry Who?” until the aforementioned Mr Allan came on to bowl. The family double act worked again with Dad taking a sharp stumping opportunity. Jerry ended with 2 for 16 off 5 overs. Albert was taking sportsmanship to a new level trying to signal wides against his team mates and Peter got very grumpy when the umpire unreasonably gave byes to a ball that almost hit the practice nets. His cry of “that was a ….. wide” fell on deaf ears, especially those of the bowler. The (non)Spin twins bowled in tandem for the last time and Old Woking woke up. At 94 for 9 the number 11 started to accept Smithy and Lloyd’s generous attempts to make a game of it – the full tosses were duly smashed to all parts and he ended up scoring 62 not out off 29 balls. Smithy ended with 1 for 39 off 4 overs and Lloyd 2 for 51 off 7. Lloyd did win this weeks diving contest when he leapt athletically over a ball in the slips. The attempted flick back to the keeper was about as successful as an honesty box in the House of Commons.
Old Woking ended up 16 runs short at 176 for 9.