Tuesday evening at the Wheatsheaf saw W&H play the first of this season's 20/20 matches in the Network Cricket League. Against a strong Woking United team (Qais' team) W&H bowled well and restricted a powerful batting line up to 144. Neutral spectators were few, but all were surprised at how the skipper hid down the order to stay clear of young Angus. W&H Captain Shazad used his bowlers well, and all put in a good effort in keeping the total under control.
W&H started well and Josh looked like he could do it on his own until he nicked one through to the keeper, who took a good, sharp catch. Fellow opener Liam had no such problems and his commanding half century kept W&H up with the rate. Some tidy spin bowling, by Saf Nawaz amongst others, put W&H behind the rate until an onslaught from Henri sealed the win in the penultimate over.
As always, many thanks to Jak Afzal, of Network Cars, for all his efforts in putting this competition together. Here's hoping this sets W&H up for a win in the championship 20/20 this evening.
Well its taken five seasons for Woking and Horsell to take to the field in this competition so it would have been rude not to try and drag five seasons worth of drama into one game.
As luck would have it we were drawn against premier league leaders Sunbury and the game started with a toss that both captains were desperate to win, Sunbury shaded it with an inspired call of heads and proceeded to just about shade the rest of the game. This meant that Sunburys 6 players would bat against Wokings 9 fielders with Sunbury's umpire doubling up as scorer!Read more: Does anyone know the rules for this competition?
Arriving at a home game to find the opposition all in whites and ready to go 25 minutes before the scheduled start time, whilst the home side arrive one by one upto and beyond the start time in jeans/t-shirts. Then the skipper disappears to pick up the scorer would hardly suggest a professional outfit, but from the moment Salam strode down the track 5th ball and smashed the Old Woking paceman back over his head into the sightscreen, the (mainly) young Woking and Horsell 20/20 side stamped their authority on the game and produced a thoroughly professional performance.Read more: Twenty 20 Campaign Starts Victoriously