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Our very own Matthew Wilson has kindly set up the Fantatsy League again. Players should register at http://whcc.fantasyclubcricket.co.uk

The points will start accruing from the weekend beginning 5th May. Entry is free so get involved!  Even if you don't pick a team just have a look and see what you are valued at!

Enjoy!

We are very pleased to announce that for the first time ever, Woking & Horsell Cricket Club is going to run junior coaching for girls this summer. With England's women winning the World Cup there's never been a better moment to start this! Coaching sessions will take place every Monday night for 8 weeks from mid-May onwards at the club's main Brewery Road ground in Horsell. The sessions will be taken by a Level 2 coach and we're looking for girls in years 3 to 5 (U8s to U10s) initially this year. The eight sessions will cost £45. If you know someone who would like to sign up then then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Kevin is our U15s coach and fixtures organiser and he will also be helping out on Monday nights. 

We look forward to seeing you at Brewery Road in May.

Neil McPherson,

WHCC Colts Chairman

Please help prepare the ground for the 2018 season!

We will be holding a work day at the club on Saturday 7th April from 10.00 and are looking for as many volunteers as possible to make themselves available.

There are a number of jobs that need to be done to get the ground, practice facilities and clubhouse ready before the season gets underway the following week, so please commit a couple of hours to do your bit for the club. We also need your help to ensure our outdoor facilities are ready for our outdoor senior net sessions.  We will start at 10.00 but if you can't make it for that time please do come along a little later.

It may not seem like it, what with the snow and the rain that we have had recently, but the 2018 season is nearly here. In less than two weeks, we will be out in the middle (in theory). The league season doesn’t start until Saturday 5 May but we have several early season games well before then, starting with a home game against Winning Innings on Sunday 15 April. We also have our usual Club Training Day pencilled in for Saturday 14 April. Details of timings etc will be available very soon.

Our early season schedule is as follows:

Saturday 14 April

Club Training Day (Home)

Sunday 15 April

Sunday 1st XI - Winning Innings (Home)

Saturday 21 April

Saturday 1st XI – Staines and Laleham (Home)

Saturday 2nd XI – Staines and Laleham (Away)

Saturday 3rd XI – Old Woking (Away)

Sunday 22 April

Sunday 1st XI – Cheam (Away)

Sunday 2nd XI – Brookwood (Home)

Saturday 28 April

Saturday 1st XI – Ashford (Away)

Saturday 2nd XI – Ashford (Home)

Saturday 3rd XI – 3rdXI v 4thXI (Home)

Sunday 29 April

Sunday 1st XI – Crondall (Away)

Sunday 2nd XI – Pyestock (Home)

It was suggested to me that all of the tributes paid to Erika on Facebook should go on to the website so that everyone has access to them.  They come from all over the world and from players past and present. They nicely sum up what people felt about Erika:

 

“Really sad news, she was a wonderful scorer who and turned up in pretty much every weather to score for the Sunday 2’s up until only 3 seasons ago. What an innings though.”

“A fantastic supporter of the club, never shy to give advice and incredibly generous. RIP Erika.”

“What sad news for all who knew her. Erika was a wonderful member of the club. May she rest in peace.”

“Really sad news. RIP Erika.”

“Sad news. Wonderful supporter of W&H.”

“Very sad news. A wonderful character and supporter of the club for many years. Few of us will forget her harsh - and absolutely justified - words after yet another batting collapse.”

“Very sad indeed. Lovely lady and a great supporter of the club. A big loss.”

“Oh so sad to read this. She was such a character x”

“The club has lost a true legend and supporter of the club. I will miss her passionate disappointment of the teams’ (and often mine) lack of performance, as well as her dogs who were equally dazed and patient observers. Rest easy Erica.”

“I'm completely devastated to hear this news. She was always so very kind to me and looked after Dave when she was doing the scoring at his matches. She was as much "the club" as the members. Both Dave and I enjoyed speaking with her and hearing her stories. Dave loved her very much and always rang her once a week to make sure she was okay. What a huge loss to the club. So very sad. My thoughts, condolences and love to her family xxx”

“This is really sad news! She was an awesome woman, with loads of knowledge and love for the club! RIP Erika xx”

“Sad news! RIP”

“She was the sort of person that means amateur sport thrives. Always thought she secretly thought she could have done better than we all did. What a legend.”

“Sad, sad news. Never forget her first comment to me all those years ago at Albury!!!! Glad I managed to change her opinion.”

“Sorry loss - Geoff Surrey deaf cricket county.”

“Am really sorry to hear this. A great character.”

“A true loss in all senses. Erika was a lovely lady and a real asset to our club.”

“Very sad news indeed...was a very big supporter of mine as captain as well as the team. Did an amazing job as scorer for the club. Will be sorely missed. RIP Erika, thanks for everything.”

“Such sad news! A wonderful human being and always a welcome sight at the club. Sincere condolences to her family.”

“So sad. Wonderful characters like Erika help make a club great. Many fond memories of her warmth, wit, wisdom and coloured pens. RIP.”

“Really sad news. I have nothing but good memories of Erika and the world of cricket is a less interesting place with her gone. RIP.”

“Sad News, Shall miss her - An awesome women with loads of passion for sports and club, RIP Erika.”

“Very sad news, what a great character she was. Always felt she was as much a part of our team as the players. Real loss to the club and the world of cricket.”

“Folk like Erika are the character of clubs, and she certainly was part of ours. Thoughts with her family."

“RIP Erika.... wonderful soul will miss seeing her at club... thoughts with family & friends.”

“Very sad to hear this. RIP Erika.”

“Can’t believe it. So sorry to hear the news. One of the nicest people ever and it was always a pleasure chatting to her, a true club legend.”

“RIP - a wonderful lady.”

“Very sad news.”

“Very sad news, lovely lady . RIP Erika.”

“She was very much a part of our team. She gave us tremendous support for so many years. The stick she gave us after another poor performance still makes me smile. Rest in peace Erika. You deserve it having put up with us for thirty years. Thank you.”

“RIP Erika”

“RIP Erika - you were a treasure.”

“RIP Erika, a W&H legend.”

“RIP Erika. A true legend.”

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. 

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