News

I first met Erika when I was still at school and Woking & Horsell CC was not yet part of my life. I was on scorebook duties for one of the West Surrey Colts League representative teams and the opposition scorer was a lovely lady by the name of Erika Bonneywell. I don’t recall much about the match, not even the venue, but I do recall Erika and her coloured pens (never pencils!) and her immaculately completed scorebook. A year or two later I decided I actually wanted to play cricket and joined WHCC. A couple of years later, 1991 I think, a certain Erika appeared at WHCC, having previously scored at Ottershaw where her two sons played, taking on scorebook duties for the 1st XI. Within a season she was firmly established as part of the fabric of the club.

The likes of Richard Walsh, Damien Honey and Charlie Johnson will all be able to recount numerous stories of the chastisement they got when Saturday 1st XI results weren’t going well. However, what might be less well known is the £10 a match she paid the club every time the 1st XI won. It would be churlish of me to suggest we didn’t get rich on that scheme! Behind the scenes Erika was incredibly generous. She donated monies to the club on a regular basis, always keen to support what was very much her club.

Erika was very much part of the 1990s and 2000s when players played both days. She scored for the 1st XI on both days and it was on Sundays where I saw her every week. She was always incredibly quick to praise the lesser players in the side, of whom I was definitely one, and suggest that the more gifted players should be contributing more. She knew a lot more about the game than some realised. Always accompanied by her dogs, a flask of coffee, her coloured pens and her handbag, she was as much a feature of WHCC as any player over an extended period of time.

As age and deteriorating health caught up with her, Erika reduced her scoring duties to Sundays only. By her own admission she found it harder and harder to concentrate for the whole of a match and used to say to me something along the lines of “Peter, we need to find some youngsters to take on the scoring. Surely someone’s girlfriend or wife can do this?”. Enter a certain Karen Thompson, fiancée of Johnny Ayling. As Karen took on scoring for the Sunday 1st XI, Erika took on scoring duties for the late and much missed Dave Lane and his Sunday 2nd XI.

In 2009 Erika was made an Honorary Life Member of the club and presented with a painting courtesy of David Drury. It was the very least we could all do. When her beloved Bill passed away in 2010 Erika remained determined to carry on scoring. I recall several conversations with her around that time about how important her cricket was to her. The e-mail below, dated 26th September 2011, after I enquired how she was following a fall, sums her up for me, even the use of the emojis!

Yes, I am OK.  As I said yesterday - no problem.

Actually no need to thank me.  I am scoring for purely selfish reasons  I like the members at W&H, love scoring.  

Will come next season, but whether I will be capable of scoring remains to be seen.  Otherwise I'll just come for the company!

If ever there was an e-mail that summed Erika up for me, that was it. There are lessons in that e-mail for so many of us.

Thank you Erika, it was a pleasure.

 

Erika's funeral will take place at Woking Crematorium on Friday 9 March at 11.45 am. 

We are very sad to announce that Erika Bonneywell, W&HCC Life Member and scorer for numerous years, passed away at the weekend. Erika was a friend to many at W&H and she gave our club countless hours of service. We were very lucky to have her. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

The season is just a few months away and you may have realised that you do not have sufficient kit for practice or for the forthcoming season, or more appropriately, it may not be in the club colours. This includes match and training kit, whether it is a club cap, trousers or jumper.  Well, worry no more, we have all your requirements here!!!!

New WHCC 2018 kit

Sizing chart

WHCC Cricket Order Form

Details of the relevant kit and sizing chart are attached along with the club order form. Please simply complete the order form with your requirements and return back via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give a printed copy to Phill at nets.  

The deadline to get the kit before the season starts is Wednesday 28 February 2018. Payment should be made direct to Sport of Addlestone (not the club) by cards or electronically, details are highlighted on the order form.Let’s look the part on and off the pitch for the 2018 season!

It's time for the annual W&H Quiz Night! The event will take place on Saturday, February 24. The bar will be open from 6:30 with the Quiz starting at 7.30. 

As many of you will know, Luke Barnes has taken on the role of Social Chairman so lets get down and support him as well as our new Bar Chairman (Stu Warner). 

If you would like to enter a team then please do let Luke know by contacting him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07380 157771. Fish and chips will be available but these need to be ordered in advance so please let Luke know a week before if you would like to order. 

As usual everybody is welcome, and we have had some great crowds for this event down the years, so get your teams together and kick the W&H social year off.

It doesn't take long for the season to come round again so we will be netting at Woking Leisure Centre again on Sunday afternoons from the first week of February. As you know, we are always on the look out for new players so please bring along any friends who are interested in joining. As you can see from the details below, we have added some additional sessions for this season.

New players - If you are a senior player and would like to play for us in 2018 then please contact Phil West at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. All abilities are welcome so feel free to come along as we run seven senior teams across the weekend.

Woking Leisure Centre

Sunday 4th February  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 18th February  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 4th March  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 11th March  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 18th March  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 25th March  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 1st April  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 8th April  4.00-6.00pm

 

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

Page 5 of 41

Go to top