Once again the future of Woking and Horsell was to the fore as the ‘hit and giggle’ midweek XI cruised to another impressive victory this time against Westfield Saints.
Week 2 of this competition and the skipper has still not been provided with a set of rules so most of the team arrived a good 45 minutes before the eventual start time and under the belief that the game was due to start at 6pm I incorrectly claimed the toss only to win it when it actually took place.
Sticking to a winning plan and batting first, but things did not start well as Jerry fell to the first legitimate ball he received. Steve and Salam consolidated well and put together a nice little stand of 40 at a run a ball. However, after they both fell for 20, the innings somewhat collapsed as John and Charlie quickly joined them.
This time it was another of the youngsters turn to shine as Tim Ming caressed his first ball to the extra cover boundary. His batting was a joy to watch, it was the first time I have played with him and can see that he has a good future ahead of him. He received excellent and encouraging support from the kiwi duo of Digby and Hayden who both crashed a couple of sixes. Tim top scoring with 39 and Hayden chipping in with a brisk 28 not out at the end. This raised our total from a suspect 57 for 5 off 10 to a more than challenging 139 for 7 off 20.
On a used pitch the key was always going to be putting the ball in the right areas and it would be fair to say that all the bowlers did this. Digby bowled 2 tight overs at the start, Henry once again impressed everyone watching picking up 2 wickets, Charlie got some extravagant turn and picked up 2 wickets leaving the way clear for John to mop up the tail with consummate ease once he remembered where the stumps were. Fantastic effort in the field after a sloppy start which saw a few misfields and overthrows, special mention to Tim Ming for taking a difficult, steepling catch and making it look easy. When the bowling and the fielding is as good as this and with runs on the board it makes the captains job very simple and I hope whoever takes over from me next week enjoys it as much as I have.
Westfield finished with 78 all out, John picked up 4 for 12 despite the indignity of seeing their number 10 play a switch hit cover drive off him, Ando picked up a wicket at the end and I really hope that we get to see him and Charlie playing in the Saturday sides in the coming years.
Special thanks to Jamie for opening the bar and umpiring, Hamza for umpiring and coming onto field for the unfortunate Steve Wernberg and I think I counted something like 20 supporters who came along to watch. Thank you for coming on a dark, dreary evening and hopefully we will get a similar turn out next Wednesday for the group decider vs Guildford City. If I knew the rules I could probably tell you that we are through to the next round, but as I don’t, I won’t!