A weekend that saw much better availability unsurprisingly saw much better results as we won four games out of five.
The 1stXI won their game at Hampton Wick which was due in part to the bowling of Calum Chisholm who took six wickets in a match for the second time in recent weeks. Having been asked to bat, Malcolm Eddington dominated the scoring in the opening overs and when he was out for 57 we had 70-3 on the board. Most of the other batsmen got a start, with Liam Monaghan (34) making the largest contribution, but wickets fell steadily and we were all out for 186 in the 49th over. Chisholm and Paul Norris both took early wickets but a solid third wicket partnership brought Hampton back into the game. Some tidy bowling from Arun Aiyer (3-23 from 11 overs) helped rip out the middle order but with the hosts scoring steadily it was definitely game on. Chisholm, though, had the final word as he bowled the last four batsmen to win us the game.
The 2ndXI were well beaten by Purley at Brewery Road. Despite an early wicket, taken by Abdul Zafar, we struggled with the ball as the second wicket put on 163 which enabled the visitors to build a large total of 273-5 from 48 overs. Our innings didn't get going as five of our batsman made 20 but none of them got past 30. We were bundled out for 152 leaving us 121 runs short of Purley's total.
The 3rdXI won their first game for two months as they edged past Sanderstead by two wickets. With Matt Allan somewhere on the M25, stand in skipper Andrew Murphy invited the hosts to bat on an extremely tricky wicket. The early exchanges involved the odd wicket, boundaries, byes and some extraordinary bounces as full pitched deliveries bounced over keeper Connor Dean's head. The Sanderstead skipper was the only batsman to make more than 12 but with his watchful defence and punchy strokes he kept the hosts up with the rate. Matt Allan's seamers squeezed the rate after the drinks break and he finally dismissed their skipper for 81. Jack Fairey bowled with some excellent flight and guile and he finished with 3-11 from his seven overs bowling out the hosts for 168.
Jack Allen dominated the start of our innings as Josh Koch, Tom Sharpless and Connor Dean were all out for single figure scores. Andrew Murphy and Allen put on 40 for the fourth wicket before Jack (59) was out to a ball of "exceptional" bounce. Siva Rajendran and Imran Khan were both out cheaply leaving us just over half way to our target six wickets down. Murphy and Mo Waseem put on 25 for the seventh wicket before Murphy was out for 17. Waseem was also out for 17 with the score on 129-8. Cometh the hour cometh the man as Matt Allan took over, playing shots around the wicket and, in conjunction with Jack Fairey, the required total drew closer. Allan eventually finished on 36* as we reached our total with four overs to spare.
The 4thXI kept up their impressive run as they won by five wickets at home to Beddington. The fours attack has had a lot is success this season and this year it was the turn of Paul Fortescue to play the lead role. His figures of 4-15 from 14 overs were the best of the day. He was aided by Richard Lewis who took two wickets and Vir Singh who took three as the visitors were dismissed for 77. We soon found ourselves in deep trouble in reply at 19-4. Skipper Tom Harlow, as he often has in these situations this year, led from the front by making 26 not out as he shepherded our middle order towards our target. Sagar Nayyar was run out for 13 but a few swishes from Rehan Ahmad (22*) was enough to see us home.
The 5thXI took advantage of the conditions to post an extremely impressive 225-2 declared at East Molesey with Ralph Lumby impressing again with 88*, Rajesh Rao 54* and even our own skipper Mike Walsh made 46 unique runs. It was a total that proved too much for Molesey and they were dismissed for 161.
The team of the weekend was the Sunday 1stXI who racked up an astonishing 360-6 in just 39 overs in their win. Steve Jones smashed an astonishing 156* and he was helped along the way by a fantastic hundred from Will Pyle.
The Sunday twos were well beaten by Concorde CC. Making just 110 all out it took the opposition just nine overs to pass our total.
A weekend short on availability, we failed to put five full teams on to the pitch, still delivered two wins. It was a weekend with plenty of incident too, with the 1stXI losing in "added time" and the third eleven only fielding seven for the first over of their game. Village.
The numbers have been drawn and it is now time to announce the lucky winners for May and June's 200 Club draw. The winners are as follows:
1st - Peter Murphy
2nd - Matt Allan
3rd - Steve Cockett
1st - Ketan Amin (Under 6 parent)
2nd - Matt Allan
3rd - Martin Raybould
On Saturday 5 September we will once again be holding the 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. We have had plenty of all three this year and there has already been lots of discussion as to who will win what. The event will once again be hosted by your least favourite hosts Can't and Don't (Andrew Murphy and James Williams for those not in the know). Those that attended last year will also be pleased to know that Dave Lane will not be sourcing the trophies this year!
We will be presenting a Player of the Year for each of our seven teams as well as Fielder, Young Player and Clubperson of the year so there is much to play for as we enter the second half of the 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.