Saturday was another difficult day for us as the ones and twos had comprehensive defeats, the fours lost a tight game and the fives conceded their game. The only bright spot was the third eleven's victory which looked unlikely for much of the game.
The 1st XI faced Farncombe at Brewery Road and after the opposition's decent start with the bat, taking them to 42-1, Cam Oldfield, Paul Norris and James Woods took four wickets to reduce them to 52-5, however, a sixth partnership of 46 wrestled back the initiative and the visitors built their total to 142-7 before three quick wickets finished their innings on 147 all out. A good start was essential and we didn't get it with Eddington and Bhade back in the pavillion with the score on 10. James Woods (36) and Tim Keene built a useful partnership but with both of them out within five runs of each other wickets began to fall regularly as we were bowled out for 84.
The 2nd XI had another big defeat as they lost to Worcester Park by eight wickets. Having been asked to bat, we lost three quick wickets falling to 21-3. Matt Lock (40) held the innings together but with wickets falling around him there was never a likelihood of a large total and he was the last man out with the score on 96. Oli Guy's first over went for 17 and the Worcester Park total continued to rattle along as they won in the 17th over.
The third team had an unlikely win despite being 60-8 at one stage. Imran Khan (35*) and Zohaib Shabir (10) managed to build a competitve total of 110 to give us something to bowl at and bowl at it they did as the heroes with the bat were also the heroes with the ball as they both took three wickets. Matt Allan also took three cheap wickets as Old Whitgiftians were bundled out for 79 giving us a 31 run win.
The 4th XI, playing on the main pitch at Ashford, a ground that many W&H player knows how to get to now, were beaten by two wickets. It was a tough defeat to take, however, it was deserved given the number of chances dropped. As with other teams, the 4th XI top order struggled but Simon Nixon's maiden W&H fifty took us up to 164, a reasonable total but not ungettable on Ashford's ground and so it proved with the hosts edging home.
Woking and Horsell CC are delighted to announce that Global Travel Management have extended their current sponsorship with the club and will be our headline sponsor for the Bedser Cricket Festival. We are very grateful to them for their continued support.
The 4th XI (pictured) were the only team to taste success this Saturday as the Ryman Surrey Championship began in earnest. They began their campaign in the newly formed Divsion 1, following last year's relgation, with a five wicket win over Purley at Westfield. As with last week's performance, some tight bowling made scoring difficult and Purley were soon in trouble with the wickets shared around, although Zohaib Shabir's figures of 3-10 from his nine overs stood out. A couple of decent innings was all that the reply required and thanks to Ramesh Parthasarathy (38) and Simon Nixon (21) we eased home by 5 wickets.
The 1stXI had a tough game against local rivals Guildford City who, despite finishing in the top two last season in Divison 4, were denied promotion due to ground issues.
Unfortunately, last week's opening stand wasn't repeated and Malcolm Eddington (0) and Vaibhav Bhade (8) were soon dismissed. This did give skipper James Woods the chance to get to the crease early which he took with a beautifully compiled 76. He was aided by Tim Keene (36). The statutory Woking collapse reared its ugly head again and from a relatively stable position of 156-4 we were all out for 182 having failed to use up five of our alloted overs.
A third wicket partnership of 80 put pay to any hopes of victory as we went down by five wickets.
Having been promoted last season, this year is likely to prove to be more difficult for the second eleven and that was certainly the case as tthe day began disastrously when last week's hero, James Williams, was out to the first ball of the match for zero. Things didn't get much better as we slumped to 27-7. John Wolff (30), who had watched the ensuing carnage from the other end, put up some resistance and with some help from the lower order of Arun Aiyer (28), Phill West (11) and some solid hitting from last man Oli Guy (18*) we cobbled together a total of 109. Batting looked easier in the second innings with the sun out and the wind drying the wicket and the Dulwich openers began comfortably. Roger White bagged two quick wickets but we were always struggling and we lost the game by six wickets.
The third eleven will have to improve on last year's end of season form and defeat by 80 runs to 2014 fellow strugglers Purley is not the start to the season that Nick Tune's men were looking for.
It wasn't the simplest of weeks for Dave Lane as he spent plenty of it trying to find a team (get your availability in early please gentlemen) and Saturday wasn't much better as we were well beaten by Egham. Following some good bowling from our opening pair the rest of the attack struggled to contain the Egham batsman as they made a large total of 234-6. Wickets fell steadily throughout our innnings and despite 24 from the reliable Rajesh Rao we were all out for 79.
Club cricket is a funny business. Strange things happen. Often. Having said that, however, it's not too often that teams turn up to an away ground when they they are supposed to be at home and your "home" team is supposed to be away but that was our fate when our 2nd XI took the trip to Ashford only to find their 2nd team had taken the trip to Brewery Road with our 1st XI in the wrong place as well. An hour later, with 22 W&H players passing each other on the M25, the games were able to begin.
Our first eleven lost the toss, and with our new, new ball pairing of Cam Oldfield and Paul Norris finshing wicketless it was left to our spin pairing of James Woods and Arun Aiyer to take the wickets with five between them. Ashford finished on 191-5 from their 40 overs. Our reply got off to a fantastic start with a stand of 132 between two of last years in-form players, Malcolm Eddington (62) and Vaibhav Bhade (64). They were out within five runs of each other and when Woods and Tim Keene were both out cheaply a famous W&H collapse was on, however, a 37 run partnership at a run a ball between Henri Peters and Steve Cockett saw us home.
Despite their quickly re-arranged travel plans, the 2nd XI had their first win of the season with a thirty run victory. Batting first, we were heavily reliant on James Williams' 74 as wickets fell regularly at the other end until Steve Jones entered the fray and struck 45 taking our total to a competitive 191-9 in our 45 overs. At one stage, however, this didn't look like being enough as Ashford moved on to 108-1 but with the introduction of our three "spinners", West, Williams and Honey, this soon became 140-9. Some spirited last wicket resistance took the opposition total up to 161 until skipper West bowled the last man.
The third eleven also secured a victory against Ashford but in much more comfortable circumstances. Electing to bat first, we racked up 208-5 in our forty overs. It was particularly pleasing to see Steve Wernberg score a half century in his first game following a long injury lay off. Ashford could only total 110-8 in reply.
The 4th XI had a comprehensive ten wicket home at Westfield. Bowling first our opening partnership of Vir Singh and new male model Ralph Lumby took five wickets between them leaving Ashford in trouble. A hattrick for Adith Ramesh hastened the end of the innings which finished with the visitors all out for 75. Skipper Harlow (26*) and Satish (39*) made short work of the total winning the game in just twelve overs.
The Sunday 1st XI also experienced the winning feeling with an eight run win against Worcester Park. Jack Allen led the way with 94 and was helped by 34 from youngster Chris Pyle. Worcester Park finished just short of our total with Alex Wicks taking two wickets.
The weeend was tarnished a little, however, by the Sunday 2nd XI having to cancel their home fixture due to lack of players.
The Club recently learned with sadness of the passing of Kenneth Carter (pictured far left), one of its most talented players, a club stalwart of the 1950s, 60s and 70s and a life member of the club. Ken died on the 22 April, aged 82. His funeral will take place on 13 May at 11.30 at St Lawrence’s Church in Chobham, where Ken had lived for a number of years.
Ken came to the Horsell Club as a schoolboy cricketer in 1948 while still a pupil (alongside Paul Charman and Val Day) at Woking Grammar School. His talents were quickly recognised and by the 1950s he was making himself a regular fixture in the legendary Horsell 1stXI of that era under the captaincy of Bill Godfrey. However, in a side of much talent it was difficult for him to regularly display the full range of his talents as a stylish right-handed batsman, a left-arm spin bowler and an athletic and able fielder anywhere. As the 50s became the 60s and the side started to break up Ken became more of a key player and also took on the captaincy for a number of seasons. After a spell as Club secretary he became Ground Chairman and spent many hours a week tending the ground often in tandem with groundsman Fred Draper.
Any young player joining the Club in the 1960s could not have wished for a better source of encouragement and advice than Ken who was a fount of knowledge about the game and would tell many a tale in the bar about matches he had played in and people he had played against. Sadly, domestic circumstances started to reduce the amount of time Ken could devote to playing the game when he was still a comparatively young man and there was a frustrating feeling that this, together with the long apprenticeship he had to serve after breaking into the 1stXI, meant that his talents were never as fully utilised on the Club’s behalf as they could have been. But anybody who saw him play an innings of any substance could never doubt the extent of those talents; his bowling came more into play over time as the teams he played in became more in need of that aspect of his game.
Another feature of Ken’s participation deserving particular mention was his rapport with opponents in an era where socialising between teams was much more in evidence than it is now. He was a well-known and popular figure across the grounds of Surrey and helped to ensure that the Club maintained a favourable reputation during a period in which the quality of its cricket was at a relatively low ebb.
In his later years Ken settled in Chobham and immersed himself in village affairs as a Parish Councillor. Sadly the Club saw less of him as time went by and it is thought that his last appearance at the Club was at Chairman’s Day in 2012, which he attended along with two other stalwarts of the Club from the 1950s and 60s: Ken’s brother Phil and their great friend Johnny Lock.
Ken Carter: undoubtedly a Club legend.