A century from Peter Murphy and some good spin bowling form John Crowe and Peter Craig enabled Woking to round off a good weekend with a comfortable win over Chertsey on Sunday.
The early part of the Woking innings was relatively sedate with Murphy and Nigel Taylor taking an hour to put on 42 before Taylor was trapped leg before wicket for 20 in Russell’s first over. Gregory then bowled Nigel Crowe for one with a full toss but Murphy and John Stressing came together in a stand of 107 the gradually saw the Chertsey outcricket wilt.
Murphy played the dominant role and although needing some luck in the 70s and 80s, he eventually went to his hundred with his third six. In the meantime Stressing had been bowled by Taylor for a solid 38, his second valuable contribution of the weekend. There was just time for a pleasant shot or two from Paul Mayho and Peter Richardson before the declaration.
In response, Chertsey never got on terms with the run rate required. A good opening spell from Phil Nuttall accounted for Tidbury and Stride and had taken two for 17 in 11 overs when rested in favour of Craig. The young, slow left armer justified his captain’s confidence with an excellent spell and with John Crowe himself flinging and turning his off-breaks, there was a steady fall of wickets. Dodd with 43 and Sanger with 21 held Woking up for a while but once they were gone the middle order collapsed only a few brave blows from Russell prolonged the end.