A day dominated by flower shows was also dominated by W&H defeats.
The 1stXI lost their second tight game in eight days as they lost by nine runs to local rivals Pyrford. The day started well with the visitors bowled out for 142 with Vikram Singh taking four wickets. The W&H reply also began well but having been 81-2 we were soon in trouble at 89-6. John Hargan and Vikram re-built the innings taking the score to 115 before John was out. Indi Fernando was out shortly after and when Vikram was out with nine needed the game shifted in Pyrford's favour and they sealed victory when Arun Aiyer was caught at short leg.
The 2ndXI gained some form of revenge as they beat Pyrford by 136 runs. Two of the club's in-form batsmen continued to make runs as Tim Keene scored 100* and Vaibhav Bhade made 51 in our total of 226-6 dec. The Pyrford reply began slowly but, as he did last week, Phill West took the early wickets and Oli Guy finished with the impressive figures of 4-9 as Pyrford were all out for 90.
The 3rdXI were well beaten at Hampton Wick. We were soon in deep trouble at 63-8 but an impressive innings by Ian Evans (40), and some positive batting by the tail, took us up to 127 all out. The bowling didn't dig out the batting as Hampton Wick eased pass their target only three wickets down.
The fourth team lost a tight game, also against Hampton Wick, in the last over. As with other sides, the day started positively enough with 62 from skipper Steve Wernberg ensuring that we made a decent total of 202-8, however, it didn't prove to be enough as dropped catches from the home side proved costly as Hampton Wick won by one wicket with four balls to spare.
The fifth team, playing with only ten having struggled to put a team together this week, had a tough game at Kempton as two of the opposition players made hundreds in their large total of 348-6 declared having been 41-4. The reply was solid enough as we finished on 138 all out.
The 1stXI very nearly snatched an unlikely tie from the jaws of defeat at Ashford on Saturday with a flurry of late wickets. We were soon in trouble at 17-4 following our own flurry of wickets, however, a solid rebuilding exercise between Qais Nawaz (42) and John Hargan (26), with further support from Jack Allen (27), got us up to 151 all out. The hosts had a little wobble at various times, notably at 41-3, however, victory for Ashford looked assured when they reached our score with only six wickets down. Three wickets for no runs from Vikram Singh and Indi Fernando followed but we couldn't take the final wicket to secure seven points and Ashford won by one wicket.
The in-form second team won their fourth game from six enabling them to overtake visitors Ashford on another damp afternoon at Brewery Road. Invited to bat by the visitors, a strong W&H batting line up chalked up 163 with Tim Keene scoring 68. Despite a steady start from Ashford, the introduction of skipper Phill West into the attack changed the game as he took the first five wickets finishing with 5-33. West removed himself from the attack to bring on the youthful exuberance of Dave French and Roger White who polished off the tail to give us a 53 run victory.
Despite racking up their highest total of the season, the third eleven couldn't bowl Leatherhead out leading to a sedate draw at Westfield. Five of the top seven made thirty plus in a score of 232-7 on a wicket of variable bounce. The bowlers couldn't take advantage though as Leatherhead scrapped hard for a point finishing on 117-5.
The fourth eleven lost their game at table toppers Dulwich. We were soon in trouble as none of our top five reached double figures but a sixth wicket stand between Rehan Ahmed (41) and Imran Khan (31) repaired some of the damage but once they were out, a lengthy tail, with Johnny Ayling (0) at nine and Peter Smith (0) inexplicably batting ten, didn't add many more and we finished on 117 all out. Ralph Lumby, presumably still furious at his relegation to number eleven, and Johnny Ayling, ripped out the top order leaving Dulwich still 70 short despite being seven wickets down. That was as good as it got, however, as Dulwich won the game by three wickets.
The fifth eleven lost their game against Weybridge by 37 runs although considering how little cricket they've played Dave Lane and his team were probably happy just to be out in the middle. Inspirational captaincy from the aforementioned Lane led to the in-form Mike Walsh taking the new ball with Walsh taking a remarkable 6-46, his second five wicket haul of the season. Unfortunately though, with 183 required for victory, wickets fell at regular intervals and despite Billy Hargan's forty, Weybridge ran out fairly comfortable victors.
A very enjoyable time was had by all at Sunday's Chairman and Presidents Day on Sunday. In a move away from our usual 11 a side game a ten over tournament was held between four W&H teams with Dave Lane's team comfortably winning both of their games to become champions.
As the President noted in his post-match speech their were some highs and lows on the field with some good batting, mixed bowling and poor fielding but there were some highly memorable moments including the Chairmans wicket maiden which started the day, the Hargan's mid pitch "discussion" and Liam's general performance. Congratulations must go to Dave Lane's team (pictured) who were worthy winners.
As is customary with these occasions, there are a lot of thanks to pass on. Thank you to the Chairman and President for hosting a superb day. Thank you to James for organising the day and running such a tight ship. Thank you to Ed, Chris and Karen for officiating and thanks also to those who supplied some excellent food, pulled pints and tidied up. It's hugely appreciated. Let's do it again some time.
Woking & Horsell Cricket Club were joined by Jonathan Lord MP and, in one of his first public appearances, newly-elected Mayor, Tony Branagan, to unveil their newly renovated clubhouse on Brewery Road.
The Club announced that they had secured an initial £32,000 in legacy funding from Sport England in August last year and—with an additional £17,500 from Sport England and the Club raising £20,000—have been able to complete the full £70k renovation project on-time for the new season.
The extensive redesign and construction work carried out by MPH Contracts Ltd includes a complete refurbishment and redecoration of the clubhouse interior; new insulation, flooring, windows and doors; a complete overhaul of the boiler and heating system; new lighting and new shower facilities for the players.
Speaking at a short opening ceremony on Friday 6th June in front of the hordes of youngsters who play cricket at Woking & Horsell every week, WHCC Chairman, Peter Smith said:
“This is a massive moment in the long history of this cricket club. Everyone on the Committee deserves a huge amount of credit for the work they put in to secure the funding, to get the plans in place and deliver this fantastic clubhouse on time and on budget. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve all achieved. We now have a clubhouse befitting of our membership and our role in the local community. This is a vital step in securing the future of this club and I hope we can now grow from strength to strength. We can attract new players now and we can provide for more juniors and get more young people into cricket in Woking & Horsell. The future is looking very bright for this cricket club".
“But we couldn’t have done it without the help of so many people outside the club. Our thanks go to Tom Andrews and all those at Sport England, Phil Jessop of ISG, Martin Hume and the team from MPH and all those who have shown so much support for this project from the outset.”
Long-time supporter and proponent of the project, Jonathan Lord MP, expressed his excitement at seeing the final product and the potential he sees for the club in the future:
“This is a great local cricket club with all the right values and principles to be successful on the field and make an important contribution to our community off it too. I have great admiration for the Club’s commitment to youth cricket and their support of both England and Surrey Deaf Cricket. They are thoroughly deserving of the funding they received. I’m delighted to see the improvements made to the clubhouse. It is certainly a fitting home for everyone involved with the club.”