The 1stXI won their first game for six weeks due to some key contributions against Farncombe. Having been invited to bat, Tim Keene's good form continued with his second consecutive half century. When he was out, debutant Casper Hughes took over before he was the ninth man out for forty as our innings finished on 188-9 from 55 overs.
Derek Agge, destroyer of many Woking attacks in the past, continued in his usual manner despatching the bowling until he was caught behind off Calum Chisholm's bowling for 33 from just 17 balls followed swiftly by Farncombe's number three. Cameron Oldfield nipped in with a wicket and Chissy retained concentration for long enough to take two caught and bowled chances to put us firmly in the driving seat at 87-5. The next two partnerships put on 47, threatening our target, but the introduction of skipper James Woods finished the game quickly as he took 3-11 from his four overs to give us victory by 48 runs.
The 2ndXI were narrowly beaten by Worcester Park at Brewery Road. Having elected to bat first, VB hit the first ball of the match for four losing the ball but was soon out for just eight and his opening partner, Mark Worgan, joined him back in the hutch soon after. Many Woking batsmen got a start but only Doug Newton (43) built on it. Skipper Phil West (27) helped to take our total up to 150 to give us a batting bonus point.
Two quick wickets from Olly Guy on 22 gave us a sniff of victory but a third wicket partnership of 60 threatened to take the game away from us. Three wickets in just seven runs for Arun Aiyer brought us right back into the game with the score on 89-5. The second big partnership of the innings took the score up to 132-5 leaving the opposition just 19 to get but Aiyer took his fourth wicket, the key one of opener Kent (77) and Worcester Park soon collapsed to 132-8. West took the ninth wicket on 139 to leave an extremely tight finish but we couldn't quite force the win as the visitors edged home.
The third eleven had another frustrating day as they drew their fourth game in a row having had the better of it throughout. Andrew Statham has shown some good form with the bat this year without going on to the big scores he is used to, however, that changed on Saturday as he made 71. In partnership with Jack Allen (38) they put on 108 for the first wicket and the runs flowed with Tom Sharpless (28), Yasir Shahid (56) and Conor Dean (43) in good form. Quick wickets fell at the end of the innings but we still managed our highest total of the season declaring on 271-7.
Some tight bowling by our opening pair of Nishit Patel and Sharpless put Epsom in real trouble as they fell from 47-1 to 54-5. Unfortunately though, the usually reliable back up bowlers failed to take a wicket between them as Epsom finished on the relatively safe total of 158-7.
The fourth eleven's league game was conceded by Guildford so they entered their Conference fixture at home to St Lukes first team of the Surrey League buoyed by the twenty points they'd already received. St Lukes gave us our toughest test of the season as their first four looked to score quickly despite an impressive opening spell from Keshav Rao (pictured). At one stage it looked like the visitors were going to build a huge total from their forty overs but a burst of cheap wickets from Gef Price set them back. Some late order hitting saw them build a total of 199. It wasn't long, however, before our batting was in trouble as we found ourselves at 13-3 with Neil Cheetham, Jack Fairey and Josh Koch back in the pavilion. Price and skipper Tom Harlow set about rebuilding the innings but once Harlow was out wickets fell at regular intervals to leave us 107 all out. Village moments included wicketkeeper Harlow shouting "mine, get out of the way" as he attempted to catch a skier which had only travelled five yards. Unfortunately he dropped it much to the amusement of a passing cyclist. Andrew Murphy's attempt to catch a skier running back which he didn't get within five yards of it and Peter Smith being bowled by a full toss by a "non-bowler" to finish the game would also make the highlights reel.
The 5thXI won their first game of the season as they comprehensively beat promotion chasing Old Wimbledonians. An outstanding showing with the bat with several batsmen making decent contributions, James Higgins (30), Ram Viswanathan (55) and Ralph Lumby (45) but the plaudits have to go to Bilal Mir who made 121 not out on his season return. This helped us to amass 284-4 declared. In reply, Ashwani Kumar removed both openers and Vir Singh also chipped in with an early wicket. The turning point, however, came with the introduction of last year's young player of the year, Qasim Asghar who took 4-34. Jamie Ward finished off the innings with two cheap wickets to give us victory by 114 runs.
The 1st XI fell to a 94 run defeat at the hands of Old Hamptonians on Saturday following an astonishing collapse losing seven wickets for just 15 runs during a promising, but demanding, run chase. Having inserted the opposition and taking an early wicket we subsequently struggled with the ball with a couple of our bowlers taking punishment. Indi Fernando led the way with four wickets as Hamptonians racked up 277-7 dec. Despite the stiff target we got off to a fast start with Tim Keene (55), Qais Nawaz (42) and Henri Peters (35) scoring well but 142-2 soon became 157-9 with the game almost up. An enjoyable partnership between Damo Honey (13*) and Calum Chisholm (15) was to follow but all to no avail.
The 2ndXI bagged another win with victory at Trinity Mid Whitgiftians. Choosing to bat first on an excellent wicket, our seam attack failed to make any inroads into the Mid Wives batting, however, the introduction of skipper Phill West and his spin partner Arun Aiyer saw the hosts in a spot of trouble at 99-5. A handy sixth wicket partnership put on 96 before West took his third wicket. Mid Wives finished their innings on 219-6 from their 55 overs. Vaibhav Bhade and Steve Cockett were both out cheaply but Malcom Eddington (38), Johnny Gardner (49) and Conor Dean (41) moved the score on nicely with plenty of time left in the game due to the speed at which our spinners bowled their overs. With our long batting line up, James Williams (26), Stephen Jones (16) and Roger White (14*) all made useful contributions but it was left to skipper West to hit the winning runs in the 47th over.
The third eleven had a winning draw against top of the table Worcester Park. Losing the toss we were soon in big trouble as both openers were removed with the score on two. The innings continued in a shaky manner apart from Tom Sharpless (31) and with his dismissal leaving us 94-6 we looked in serious trouble. Imran Khan (55) took over from him and with his mixture of destructive hitting, sweetly timed drives and the odd swing and miss he frustrated the Worcester Park particularly as he was wearing a bright green golf visor to bat in. He was well supported by Mo Waseem and batting in tandem they took out total up to a competitive 187 all out. The experiment to open the bowling with Sharpless worked almost immediately as he removed one of the openers but the other continued to despatch the bowlers to all parts threatening to win the game on his own until he was smartly taken behind the stumps by Andrew Statham off the bowling of Matt Allan. Wickets began to fall at fairly regular intervals but with 21 needed from the final three overs with three wickets left. Mandar Khedekar took the eighth wicket following a smart catch by Allan and Sharpless took a caught and bowled to give us eight balls at the final pair. It wasn't to be, however, as they held out for a draw.
Jack Fairey (pictured) was the hero of the fourth elevens trip to Worcester Park with seven wickets but it still wasn't enough to give the side victory as we finished just short of the hosts target. Josh Koch took an early wicket following our decision to field, however, the real damage began once Fairey came on. The hosts had moved the score on to 99-2 but that soon became 116-6. Two useful late order partnerships took the opposition's score up to 186 all out. Tom Harlow's excellent (37) form with the bat continued and in conjunction with Neil Cheetham (36) put us in a commanding position but 87-0 soon became 120-7. Fairey (21) and Martin Peters (18) began to rebuild the innings aided by Ashwini Kumar (16*) but it was too little too late as we were beaten by 11 runs.
The 5thXI took the trip to Kempton where they had taken a battering last year so it was good to see them compete even if they didn't get the result they wanted. Having been invited to bat our batsman found things hard going as wickets fell at regular intervals with only Rajesh Rao (34) getting to grips with the bowling. A total of 127, aided by 28 byes, was unlikely to be enough and so it proved. We sensed a chance when four quick wickets saw Kempton's total fall from 73-1 to 77-5 but we failed to take another wicket as the opposition reached our total in the 21st over.
The Sunday 1stXI beat their opponents, Vishua, by four wickets with wickets and runs shared around. Vishua won the toss and chose to bat on a wicket that had seen a fair coating of rain during the morning's colts game. Will Pyle, who supplied a wicketkeeper much better than himself in the shape of his brother, was given the new ball and made an early breakthrough. With new skipper Martin Peters keen to get everyone involved, he soon brought Saturday's hero Jack Fairey who took two wickets to take his total to nine for the weekend. With Rehan Ahmad taking two at the other end skipper Peters thought he better get himself and it was he who polished the innings of with 3-4 in 2.2 overs as the opposition were bowled out for 113. Our first three wickets fell quickly but we rebuilt the innings with Siva Kumar Rajendran (25), Ed Nelson (27) and Martin Peters (28*) and we eased home.
It was a wonderful week with some excellent cricket played and many people, both new and old, visiting the club over the six days, culminating in an extraordinary victory against the Surrey Masters yesterday. We were very fortunate with the weather for much of the time which helped us make the most of each event. Thank you to everyone who turned up to support us.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank various key people for all of their hard work, help and support, not just over the last week but in the months leading up to the event.
We'd like to thank the Bedser Foundation and Woking Borough Council without whom none of this would have been possible.
We would also like to thank our headline sponsor, Global Travel Management, for their support including the very generous raffle prize of two flights to anywhere in Europe won by Cheryl West.
A huge debt of gratitude is also owed to one of our own. Our Bedser Festival Organiser, Damien Honey, has spent countless hours ensuring the Festival ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. He even found time to take a couple of wickets on Sunday. Thank you, Damo. You did a superb job. Enjoy the well-earned rest!
Our Club Chairman Peter Smith is also thoroughly deserving of a huge thank you. His enthusiasm, drive and determination to make the event a success has been evident for months.
Thanks must also go to the numerous other people at the club who helped out in various ways and given up their valuable time. There are simply too many of you to mention. You know who you are. Thank you.
Tuesday 16 June – Williams’ Whackers beat Timmy’s Tonkers by 18 runs – MOM Henri Peters
Wednesday 17 June – Schools Competition – Won by St John the Baptist school
Thursday 18 June – W&HCC XI beat Surrey Deaf and Disability by 96 runs – MOM Andrew Statham
Skills’ Competition – Won by Horsell Junior School
Friday 19 June – Walsh’s Bulldogs beat Morley’s Mosquitos by 5 runs – MOM James Morley
Saturday 20 June - W&HCC winning draw - MOM Mark Worgan
Sunday 21 June - W&HCC beat the Surrey Masters by 7 wickets - MOM James Woods - Scorecard
Smithy’s Sixtravaganza – 52 sixes were hit during the week and the winning number was pulled out by Lucas Green
Raffle prize winners
Sue Dunsford Surrey Bat
Svetlana Nikishaeva - £50 at Albany
Mike Tiplady £50 at Cricketers
Lori Heiss £25 at fishmongers
John Green £15 at butchers
On Monday afternoon, Scott Pawley (pictured centre), Managing Director of our headline sponsors Global Travel Management, came down to visit the club to see the hard work that Chairman Peter Smith and Bedser Festival Organiser Damien Honey, among others, had put in to preparing the club for our Bedser Cricket Festival. Peter said, "we are extremely grateful for the fantastic backing that we continue to receive from Global Travel Management (GTM). We thank them for their continued support."
GTM will once again be providing us with two flights to anywhere in Europe which we will be using as our headline raffle prize which people can enter by buying a programme.
The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH joined distinguished guests when he unveiled two statues representing Horsell cricketing legends, Sir Alec and Eric Bedser, at an official unveiling ceremony hosted by The Lightbox gallery and museum on Monday 8 June 2015.
The life-size bronze statues, positioned at either end of Bedser Bridge, depict a dynamic Sir Alec bowling from the town side to his twin brother, Eric, who has uncompromisingly smashed the ball for six beyond Victoria Way towards the Civic Offices. In appreciation of the shot, and with the assistance of former England player and coach, Micky Stewart, a bronze cricket ball positioned on the Civic Offices depicts where the ball landed.
Regarded as England’s greatest cricketing twins, the Bedsers who grew up in Horsell played first-class cricket for Surrey throughout their careers, while Sir Alec also represented England 51 times during the 1950s.
Before the unveiling, Sir John said: “As someone with a deep affection for the game, it gives me great pleasure to unveil these magnificent statues in honour of Alec and Eric Bedser who were – and will remain – unique.
“Through our shared love of cricket, I was lucky enough to know the twins, and to appreciate their passion for the game, as well as for golf, gardening and their family home in Woking. To think that these sporting greats nurtured their enthusiasm and knowledge of cricket just a stone’s throw from where we are today should make this town and its residents feel very proud indeed.”
Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, added: “It is with delight and honour, we welcome cricketing enthusiast, The Rt Hon Sir John Major, to officially unveil these very special bronze statues of Horsell’s finest sporting sons, Sir Alec and Eric Bedser. Throughout and beyond their cricketing careers they never forgot their roots and helped to put Woking on the map.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Keith Smith who sadly passed away earlier this year. Without his enthusiasm, drive and determination these statues would not have been possible. He would have been immensely proud to see the Bedsers immortalised and would have enjoyed this moment.
“So it is only right that these stunning bronze statues represent a fitting tribute to Sir Alec and Eric Bedser’s cricketing achievements that they will inspire future generations of young cricketers from the local area to take up the game and continue the Bedser legacy.”
To complement the official unveiling, an exhibition open to the public will be hosted by The Lightbox gallery and museum from Tuesday 9 June until Sunday 12 July. The exhibition celebrates the lives of the Bedser twins and their achievements through personal mementoes and sporting memorabilia to recordings of interviews about their rise within the game and their later roles within cricket.
In recognition of the Bedser’s cricketing achievements, the Bedser Cricket Festival, named in their honour, will be hosted by Woking & Horsell Cricket Club between Tuesday 16 and Sunday 21 June 2015. Enjoy the skills, spills and thrills of leather on willow, as we commemorate the lives of the Bedser twins with a series of youth and senior cricket matches, culminating in a fixture against Surrey County Cricket Club’s Masters XI, featuring well known cricketing faces from the recent past on Sunday 21 June.
To ensure the legacy of the Bedsers lives on, in 2013, Surrey County Cricket Club and the Surrey Cricket Board, established the Bedser Foundation to raise the profile of cricket through the development of the game specifically within Woking’s 33 schools and to identify Surrey’s next generation of cricketing stars.
The two life-size statues cast in bronze were commissioned by Woking Borough Council and designed and sculpted by national and internationally recognised sculptor, Allan Sly RA Cert. FRBS.