Woking and Horsell's 20/20 team's brave campaign ended last wednesday with defeat against a very strong Valley End side.
A total of 117 on a pitch with a lightning fast outfield was never going to be enough. Many batsmen got a start but no one past 20. Tim Ming top scoring with 18. Two run outs and a stumping showed a slight lack of discipline and also emphasised what an outstanding fielding side Valley End are. They were also able to call on the outstanding bowling of their 'ringer' Scott Jarvis who is currently among the top ten wicket takers in the premier league, taking 2 for 10 off his 4 overs here.
It was mentionned in the 1st two match reports that the skipper was yet to receive a copy of the rules and this caused confusion at the start of the 2nd innings as he was handed a new ball, having been looking forward to using the old ball to restrict the free scoring Valley End batsmen. A quick change in tactics proved to be a mistake and the skipper should have stuck to his guns by opening with one spin bowler as intended.
Henry Peters once again impressed bowling his 4 overs for just 15 and taking the wicket of opener Redwood. Digby Philip and Damo Honey picked up 3 wickets at the end between them but the damage had already been done by Valley End's hard hitting top order as they cruised to victory with 6 overs to spare.
Hopefully this will give the 20/20 team a platform to build on in future years, especially given the number of youngsters playing in the side and at least it equalled our best performance to date. The team was a pleasure to captain with loads of enthusiasm and talent about, however, it was a nightmare to organise, so thanks to all of those who made the effort to play, many at the last minute in reply to desparate calls to arms.