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The AGM on Thursday was reasonably attended and saw a good level of non players getting involved and taking personal responsibility for the clubs growth. 

There are challenges ahead as we move towards the 2018 season. Therefore, we would very much welcome further assistance to continue making the club a fantastic environment to play and watch cricket. Please do not just rely on the few below as its as much your club as it is theirs. A small amount of help does go a long way. 

Enjoy the close season and lets make the 2018 season the best.

 

Election of Officers

President: Peter Murphy                  

Chairman: Peter Smith

Secretary: Trevor Woods

Treasurer:  Janice Woods

Membership Sec: Tom Harlow

Welfare Officer: David Barter

Auditor: TBC

 

Election of Remaining Management Committee

Bar Chairman:       Stuart Warner        

Building & House: Steve McCrum

Cricket Chairman: Phil west & Nick Tune

Sponsorship/Fundraising:  Nick Tune

Ground Chairman:  Ed Smith      

Football Club liaison:  Trevor Woods

Social Chairman: Luke Barnes      

Colts Rep.: Neil McPherson

Communication & Media Manager : Mike Walsh

Other Committee Members:  Jack Allen, Johnny Ayling, Seb Egan, Henri Peters and Will Pyle

 

Election of Cricket Sub-Committee and Captains

Cricket Secretary:  Vacant

Surrey Championship League Representatives: Tom Harlow

Colts Manager: Neil McPherson

Fixture Secretary: Ramesh Parthasarathy 

1st XI Captain : Henri Peters        

1st XI Vice: TBC

2nd XI Captain: Angus Hargan   

2nd XI Vice: TBC

3rd XI Captain: Matt Allan

3rd XI Vice: TBC

4th XI Captain: Andy Datson

4th XI Vice: TBC

5th XI Captain: TBC

5th XI Vice:TBC

Sunday XI Captain: Martin Peters

Sunday XI Vice:TBC

Sunday 2nd XI Captain: TBC

Sunday 2nd XI Vice:TBC

Brewery Road Clubhouse 8PM start

The Annual Woking & Horsell AGM is one of the most important events of the year. In short it discusses and decides the fundamentals for the 2018 cricket season. Anything from nominating new captains, committee members, playing requirements, the pitch, finances and subscriptions to name just a few items.

This meeting allows all existing and potential members to voice their praise, views or opinions on how our club is run.

The club has a reasonably sized membership, including the colt section. However, the administration side is run by a small number who provide their time and passion to ensure regular cricket is maintained and played. In view of the small number not all roles are filled and often due to the size of some jobs support is often required. 

The club prides itself on its cosmopolitan and community spirit. There are however times when there are critical or ongoing matters whether playing or administration that need to be resolved and its not possible as we are stretched or simply we are not aware of them. So why not give some time to your club and make it better place than it is already?  Why not show your appreciation rather than just playing because someone else has organised it?

Please do not leave it to others as there is so much the few can do.

Come to the AGM lets hear your voice, opinion and lets make a difference to this great club.

 

On Saturday 2 September we be holding the ninth annual Woking and Horsell awards, following our final league games, to celebrate the good, the sublime and the totally ridiculous that neatly sums up a W&HCC season. As is usual, we have had plenty of all three this year and there has been lots of discussion as to who will win what.

We will be presenting a Player of the Year for each of our seven teams as well as Batsman, Bowler, Fielder, Young Player and Clubperson of the year so there is much to play for as we enter the last couple of league games this season. We will also be presenting many other awards to those whose season may not have hit the dizzy heights of those winning official awards or those that simply have no idea where the ground they're playing at actually is!

The event will be held at the club as soon as is possible after our final league games, bearing in mind the threes are at Battersea, so please get back to the club as soon as you can.

This is always an extremely popular and well attended event so make sure you get it booked in your diary as soon as possible. You never know, you may win something! We hope you can make it. 

W&HCC Awards committee

Surrey Championship 1st XI Division 4

Home: Churt 92 all out (30.2 overs)

Away: Woking & Horsell 108 all out (31.4 overs)

Result: Woking & Horsell won by 16 runs

 

Woking completed a dramatic win in a low scoring encounter over top of the table Churt. An unusual wicket which on first appearance looked good for batting led Woking’s stand-in skipper Henri Peters to elect to bat first. The pitch however offered significant assistance to both spin and seam bowlers and Woking’s openers found scoring hard with Peters being dismissed for a duck in the fifth over. Stuart Warner joined Lewis Dunford at the crease and with prodigious seam movement on display both opted to go on the attack. Dunford was bowled for 19 to leave Woking at 37-2 after 12 overs. With the knowledge that Churt’s strength was in their spin bowling options and given the conditions new batsman James Woods and Warner continued to attack the seamers, elevating the score to beyond 80. 

Inevitably Churt’s spinners Ben Mitchell and Rowley Marshall were introduced in the 20th over and runs immediately dried up as the excessive turn on offer made batting increasingly difficult. After several runless overs the pressure eventually told as Warner was dismissed LBW for 35 leaving Woking 84-3 from 24 overs. Woods (26) followed in the next over and with fielders all around the bat wickets started falling with regularity as Woking slipped to first 102-6 and then 108 all out with five Woking batsmen making ducks. Mitchell finished with figures of 6.4-2-13-3 and Marshall 7-2-24-5.

 

Woking knew their only chance of defending such a low score was early wickets and opened with spin at both ends. The decision was rewarded with both Tom Sharpless and Phil West picking up wickets, Churt finding themselves three down inside five overs. They could have been four down as Sharpless trapped Mitchell back in front of his stumps only for Churt’s umpire to unbelievably give him not out. It looked to all that Mitchell and Marshall were going to carry Churt with the bat as well as they started to attack the spinners and the score was lifted to 67. 

 

The game took another turn as Roger White was introduced to the attack as he removed Mitchell (30) while Sharpless accounted for Marshall (24) in quick succession, both caught by Qais Nawaz. Two more wickets fell without the score being added to as skipper Peters shuffled the bowlers. The score limped into the 90’s before West and White combined to take the final three wickets to complete the most unlikely of victories as Churt were bowled out for 92 in the 31st over. White was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 7.2-4-12-4 with Sharpless and West taking three and two wickets respectively.

 

While once again their middle and low order batting proved fragile, they can take great heart from another stellar bowling and fielding display. This was another superb result having beaten third placed Cobham and bowling out second place Stoke D’Abernon in a rain abandoned match in the previous weeks.

League: Surrey Championship 1st XI Division 4

Home Side: Woking & Horsell 169 all out (48.3 overs)

Away Team: Cobham Avorians 149 all out (42.2 overs)

Result: Woking & Horsell win by 16 runs (D-L)

 

Woking & Horsell came out victors in a hard-fought game last weekend as they upset third placed Cobham. Buoyed by some promising performances in previous weeks Woking won the toss and decided to bat first.

Woking’s innings did not start well as they lost the in-form Henri Peters in the first over and fellow opener Tim Keene followed in the 6th over to a somewhat ambitious shot. Conditions looked favourable for bowling but James Woods and Stuart Warner negated the threat of the seaming ball while keeping the score ticking over. As the ball softened and spin was introduced they look to be more assertive with a combination of aggressive stroke play and hard running between the wickets. The partnership of 91 was eventually broken as Woods was bowled for 49 when wicket-keeper Dominic Worth took off the pads to bowl, the game evenly poised with Woking 110-3 from 28 overs. His dismissal sparked a flurry of wickets from which Woking never truly recovered, Warner departing for 56. Either side of several rain breaks Woking scrambled their way up to 169, Duckworth-Lewis revised the target set to Cobham to 164 from 47 overs.

Cobham started there run chase in their typically aggressive manner with the ball disappearing to the boundary regularly and often fortuitously. Both openers were eventually caught swinging hard but Cobham were well ahead of the rate at 66 for 2 in the 12th over. Woking’s strength in recent weeks has come from their ability to dry up the runs in the middle overs and spinners Phil West and Tom Sharpless again kept it tight, ably supported by Roger White. Sharpless in particular bowled a remarkable spell including five consecutive maidens in his figures of 10-3-19-1. The pressure was too much for Cobham’s middle order with West picking up regular wickets in his 10-3-32-3. With Cobham 130-7 with 14 overs still to go the game was in the balance. Woking held their nerve however as skipper Tim Keene introduced himself to the attack taking the remaining 3 wickets in his five overs with Cobham eventually all out for 149.

Congratulations to the McPherson family on being honoured with the 2017 Dave Lane Spirit of Cricket award at the colts training evening on Friday.

All the family play an important part to the club within both senior and junior cricket. Not only does Neil support colts cricket he is a very important conduit to senior cricket, without so the club would be struggling to maintain five Saturday and two Sunday teams. Elliot and Alex both play colts and senior cricket, with Elliott regularly playing the latter. Elliott also undertakes coaching and training at his senior age group. Neil and Clare both ensure that these sessions are run undertaking the background work that often gets overlooked and unnoticed. This award embodies the hard work behind the scenes which Dave Lane was so tireless at.

Neil unselfishly feels the award should read Elliott McPherson.

Well done all, well deserved.

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