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!
Shazad opened the bowling with an impressive over, slightly more impressive than his top which looked like the sort of top a naughty schoolboy would be forced to borrow from the lost PE kit pile when he had forgotten his kit, as indeed Shazad had. By ball six we had had plenty of drama with the first ever 'free hit' signalled at Brewery Road. Twice the bowlers run-up was stopped as we tried to remember what the rules were about moving the field, eventually it was agreed that we could move as the batsmen crossed. Only then to find out on ball 6 that we should in fact have had 2 catchers for the whole of the over!
Over 2 saw the introduction of Fullers new boy Ian Meyer promoted from the 3s, who deceived the premier league leaders batsmen with his 4 pace run up. J Dog took a smart catch to remove one opener and then amusingly the other opener refused to admit that he had not got within 5 yards of crossing, took guard to face and was promptly bowled!
Some normality then resumed for a few overs as we bowled and fielded tightly whilst Sunbury tried to protect their wickets as they only had two other players at the ground! 62 for 3 at the halfway point and the game nicely poised. At this point 2's wicket keeper Liam arrived at the ground and was immediately brought onto bowl on the back of only picking three bowlers and him looking 'alright in the nets'. He proved to be a bit more than alright snaring a couple of wickets and bowling tightly. Jan took a brilliant one handed catch, Meyer showed his inexperience at the higher level by running under a dolly at long on (which went for six.....) but all in all Woking can be very proud of keeping such a strong team down to 163 off 20 overs, especially given that we only had 10 and by now the Sunbury side were up to their full contigent.
There have been better starts to a twenty 20 chase as 2 wickets fell in the first couple of overs, the run rate was below 3 and it was suddenly realised that there was no umpire at square leg! However, all evidence of villageness was removed by a blazing stand from Jan and Qais who took particular liking to the Sunbury opening bowler who must have gone for 40 runs in his last 3 overs. Unfortunately, he did manage to run Qais out during this time after Jan had virtually kicked the ball straight to him.
Up until the 14th over we kept up with the required run rate - skipper Jarrad was leading from the front and once he got his eye in Jamie rose his game to start scoring freely against bowlers who normally ply their trade 15 divisions above him on a Saturday! With 11 an over required off the last 4 overs the wickets started to fall regularly and eventually we fell some 18 runs short, but by no means disgraced.
Thanks to Sunbury's umpire for not only umpiring but scoring too and to Couch for continuing have Brewery Road looking at its best.