The 1stXI snatched a tie from the jaws of victory as a batting collapse ensured that we only took five points from our basement battle against fellow strugglers Staines and Laleham.
Having won the toss and inserted the opposition we made a bright start taking two early wickets but two significant partnerships put Staines in the ascendancy until Indi Fernando took two crucial wickets and, aided by debutant Usman Mumtaz, who took five wickets, the final seven wickets fell for just 58 runs leaving Staines 210 all out.
Despite losing an early wicket the top order performed strongly without any batsman going on to make fifty and, at 173-3, we were strong favourites to go on and win the game. The dismissal of Tim Keene (36) saw us lose five wickets for just eight runs. Vikram Singh and Usman Mumtaz took us six runs short of our target when Vikram was bowled and with the scores level Usman offered a return catch. The result still leaves us bottom of the table and probably needing to win our last three games to stay up.
The 2ndXI had a crushing 173 run win over Stoke D'Abernon at Brewery Road which keeps them in the promotion places. Having decided to bat, Phill West, James Williams and Johnny Gardner were all out cheaply but a 106 run fourth wicket stand between Vaibhav Bhade (76) and Doug Newton (77) and a subsequent stand of 68 between Newton and Matt Lock (47) took us to a very competitive total of 266-8 from our fifty overs. Wickets fell at regular intervals as no Stoke batsman got on top of the bowling. The wickets were shared around as the opposition were bowled out for 93.
The 3rdXI were involved in a tight game at table toppers Walton which ended in a three wicket defeat for W&H. Batting first we were soon in trouble with the majority of the top order back in the pavilion with the score on 30. Only Andrew Murphy (24) and skipper Matt Allan (27*) offered much resistance as we crumbled to 89 all out. Batting proved even more difficult initially for Walton with Mandar Khedekar and Johnny Ayling getting plenty of movement. They were soon in desperate trouble at 1-3 and 8-4. A strong fifth wicket partnership of 60 put Walton in command but with both batsman removed and Jack Fairey taking another with ten runs required it looked like the game could take another dramatic swing, however, it wasn't to be as Walton passed our total with seven wickets down. It was pleasing to see some real fight shown after last week's debacle as we ensured that we took the game to the 45th over before Walton passed our score. That fight will need to evidence in the coming weeks as all of our relegation rivals won to leave us looking downwards.
The fourth eleven were well beaten by Wimbledon at Westfield. Invited to bat we were soon two wickets down but the experienced pairing of Andrew Statham (30) and Nick Tune (32) put on 69 for the third wicket. Unfortunately, very little resistance was shown after that with only one other batsman making it in to double figures as we stumbled to 107 all out. Things didn't get much better on the bowling front either with Sharath Vasudevamurthy the only bowler to take any wickets as Wimbledon won by eight wickets. Defeat puts us back in the relegation zone.
The fifth eleven lost by 39 runs to Ashford at the Wheatsheaf. Inviting the visitors to bat, Virbhadeshwar Singh made inroads into the Ashford batting taking five wickets opening the bowling. He was ably backed up by opening partner Ejaz Ahmed and Richard Lewis as Ashford finished on 164-9. A decent second partnership between Rehan Ahmad (22) and Gihan Thabrew (43*) developed during our chase but the innings fell away as the tail was mopped up leaving us 123 all out.
The 1stXI slipped further into relegation trouble following a narrow nine run defeat to fellow strugglers Old Wimbledonians. After winning the toss and inviting Wimbledonians to bat on a wet track, wickets fell at regular intervals with Calum Chisholm taking four of them leaving the opposition on 165 all out. A good start was required in order to give us a good chance of winning the game, however, as has often been the case this year, it wasn’t to be as we soon found ourselves 24-3. Despite this, Qais Nawaz (67) was going well at the other end and was regularly peppering the boundary. When he was out, with the score on 132-6, we were still favourites to win and, as Mike O’Mahoney and Vikram Singh developed a partnership taking us to 155-6, it looked like the points would be ours, however, there was to be a sting in the tail as we lost our final four wickets for just two runs leaving us bottom of the table and 21 points adrift of third from bottom.
The second team’s unbeaten run came to an end as they lost by six wickets at Oxted. Losing the toss and batting first on another wet wicket, and without their leading run scorer Vaibhav Bhade at the start who had been given incorrect instructions from the absent skipper on how to get to the ground, we began well, however 58-1 soon became 84-6. Doug Newton (68) aided by “the best all-rounder in the club”, Olly Guy (39) repaired the damage to take us to a respectable 212 all out. Our lack of bowling was exposed though and Oxted passed our total in the penultimate over. Defeat does make the league a bit tighter, however, we are still in the promotion spots.
Not much can be said about the third eleven’s trip to Worcester Park. It started by turning up at the wrong ground and got worse. With several regulars missing for various reason, we at least managed some steady bowling up until drinks when Worcester Park were 72-2 but this was followed by some very wayward stuff and some poor fielding. The opposition racked up 195 in the last 25 overs to take them to 267-4 off their 50 overs. That was always going to be a tough ask with our lack of batting and so it proved as we were all out for 83.
The failures of the top teams, thankfully, weren’t matched by the fours or fives. The fourth team won a very important game against Guildford to take them out of the relegation zone. Usman Mumtaz did the damage taking three early wickets and another one later on. Qasim Asghar, Jack Matthews and Gagan Kumar all took two wickets to bowl the visitors out for 99. The game turned on the dismissal of Andrew Statham (36). This began a wobble in the middle order and it was left to Mumtaz (16*) to finish the game off with a four in partnership with last man Peter Smith.
The 5th XI won by three wickets against eight-man Egham at the Wheatsheaf. Ralph Lumby took four wickets as Egham were all out for 108. Despite Ehti Sadiq being run out for nought by one of his own players (borrowed by Egham for fielding duties), Ramesh Parthaserathy (23) and Mike Walsh (33) put a solid partnership together, however, several wickets fell cheaply following the dismissal of those two but that didn’t prevent us winning the game which lifts us to joint sixth in the table.
Both Sunday games were cancelled due to the weather.
It was another disappointing day for the 1stXI as they were defeated by six wickets at home to Streatham and Marlborough. Put in to bat the innings got off to a difficult start with Mike O’Mahoney and David French both out cheaply, however, Malcolm Eddington (46) and the returning Tim Keene (60), currently averaging well over 100, put on 73 for the third wicket. With a strong batting line-up, partnerships began to develop lower down the order too with the remaining batsman who got to the crease making solid contributions we declared on 222-7 off 51 overs.
The Streatham innings began in a similar manner to ours, with an early wicket but, unfortunately, it began to develop in a similar manner too with several of the opposition batsman going through the gears to score half-centuries in quick time. The introduction of our spin attack couldn’t halt the run rate and Streatham sped past our total, winning the game with a six, with nearly 14 overs left.
The 2ndXI grabbed a remarkable win at Streatham and Marlborough, their seventh win in succession.
Winning the toss and deciding to field first, we found wickets harder to come by than in recent weeks and Streatham's top order built a decent total, however, 196-3 soon became 222-8 declared. Ian Meyer taking five wickets. Our own response began strongly with the top five all contributing and Mark Worgan top scoring with 54. The draw looked comfortably the most likely result until Meyer took control of the game late on smashing the ball to all parts taking 25 off the last eight balls of the match. The game even went to an extra over as the first hundred had been bowled quickly and we needed just two balls of that to complete a very unlikely three wicket win. Meyer finished on 55*.
It was the third eleven's veteran bowling attack that did the damage in their straightforward win over Trinity Mid Whitgiftians. Mandar Khedekar took the first five wickets to fall and he was ably assisted by Matt Allan who took three very cheap wickets to finish the innings off resulting in Mid Wives being bowled out for 100. The third teams batting this year has been fragile at times but the returning Andrew Statham (63*) and his good friend Saggar Nayyar (29) eased us over the line as we won the game by nine wickets.
The fourth eleven suffered a disappointing six wicket defeat at Reigate Priory in a relegation “26 pointer”. The top order began steadily with Tom Harlow top scoring with 44 but the innings fell away as we made 172-9 off 46.5 overs. Sharath Vasudevamurthy took two early wickets putting us in a good position but the back-up bowers were unable to make sufficient breakthroughs and Reigate cruised past our total four wickets down with nine overs left.
The 5thXI won their second game of the season with a comfortable six wicket win over East Molesey at the Wheatsheaf. Qasim Asghar made a decent return to bowling taking 2-20 from 10 overs and he was supported by Diamond Kumar (above) and Virbhadeshwar Singh who both took three wickets. The fifth eleven have found batting a struggle at times this year but a solid opening partnership between Ramesh and Sadiq followed up 27* by youngster Chris Pyle saw us home with 17 overs to spare.
W&HCC is delighted to announce the addition of two new local club partners: Seymour’s Estate Agents and Barlow Robbins Solicitors.
Seymour’s Estate Agents have for a long time faithfully supported a large variety of local community activites, and it is in this vein that we welcome their Horsell and Woking branches on board as major sponsors of WHCC. Particular thanks go to Lloyd Moss (Horsell office Partner) and Franco Orlando (Woking office Partner) for securing this welcome investment.
We also welcome Barlow Robbins Solicitors as a major club sponsor. Barlow Robbins offer a broad range of legal services and have a strong presence in Woking and wider Surrey areas. Many of you may already know David Ludlow, who is a Partner in Barlow Robins’ Woking office. David’s pro-active involvement, along with Marketing Manager Sarah Gould, has been integral in setting up this partnership.
We are also pleased to announce the ongoing support of our main Colt’s sponsor, Global Travel Management. GTM have now been major sponsors of WHCC for three years, during which time they have allowed us to provide exceptional cricketing opportunities for all of our 300+ colts. Our continued thanks must go to GTM’s Managing Director, Scott Pawley.
The involvement of all three major sponsors has stemmed from their association with the Colts section of the club, highlighting the strong links with our local business community.
The club is extremely grateful to all of our sponsors for their valued and ongoing support. Their involvement will contribute to further cementing our active and vibrant club as part of the Woking and Horsell communities. We look forward to strengthening this partnership well into the future.
It was yet another mixed weekend for W&H which saw two league wins, two defeats and a losing draw.
The 1stXI game followed a similar pattern to last week as we struggled to chase down a large target. Promotion chasing Egham put on over 200 for their first wicket as we struggled to get a grip on the game and, despite a late flurry of wickets, they were able to set us an imposing victory target of 279 to win. Skipper James Woods finished with four wickets.
It wasn't long before our innings was in total disarray with five quick wickets leaving us 25-5 with plenty of hard work to do. Liam Monaghan and Will Pyle rebuilt the innings but both were out by the time that the total had reached 68. Fortunately we had two men for the crisis, Vikram Singh (103*) and Indi Fernando (43). Despite not threatening the Egham total we claimed one point for a losing draw and finished on 216-8.
The 2ndXI also had a similar game to last week and they won their seventh game in eight attempts by beating Camberley by four wickets putting them in joint second place.
Former Camberley player Phill West invited them to bat and early wickets from Calum Chisholm and the returning Damien Honey left Camberley on 40-4. The game became a war of attrition after that with wickets only falling at irregular intervals as Camberley sought to rebuild their innings. Some middle lower order hitting ensured a reasonable total on a spongy wicket despite some excellent tight overs at the end from West and Ian Meyer.
As with the Camberley innings the new ball did the damage as we struggled to 5-2 and 35-4 but a strong middle order always gave us room for confidence. Johnny Gardner continued his good form making 31 but once he and Steve Cockett were out with the score on 103 it left the game in the balance. There was no need to worry, however, as Ian Meyer (48*) and Angus Hargan (32*) took us over the line to secure a four wicket victory.
After last week's morale boosting victory, the 3rdXI couldn't keep up their form and lost to Normandy by 59 runs.
Matt Lock won the toss and invited Normandy to bat and it was Woking old boy Richard Thompson who took up the challenge of opening the batting. 18 runs later he was back in the hutch caught in the fully off Mandar Khedekar. Score draw. It wasn't until the back up bowlers Matt Allan and Mo Waseem came into the attack, however, that we began to fight back. At 117-7 the game could have been different but the last three Normandy wickets cobbled together a useful 44 runs.
Our reply was soon in trouble as Saggar Nayyar, Tom Sharpless and Nick Tune fell cheaply. Rehan Ahmed (37) started a comeback but with little support at the other end victory was not on the cards and we were bowled out for 102. One nil to Tommo (two nil if you count the game in May).
The 4thXI, in contrast, had a stunning victory at Oxted, the like of which hasn't been seen since Clive Moon's unforgettable 291* ten years ago. Chasing a mammoth 260 to win in 45 overs Woking eased home with seven balls to spare. On a day to forget for the bowlers, particularly for Mike Walsh who is no longer Surrey's best bowler due to his slow right arm grenades being dispatched for ten an over, Sharath Vasudevamurthy stood out, taking 4-63. It was the batsmen who were the heroes this week though as Andrew Statham (107*) and Jack Allen (81*) put on 140 for the third wicket. When Statham was out with the score on 196 there was still plenty of work to do but Jack, with support from Jack Matthews and Bilal Mir, ensured we gained the record thirteen points.
The fifth eleven had a tough game at promotion chasing Walton. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, the fifths gave what was described as "a disappointing performance" making only 88 with the bat with no batsman making more than 17. Despite Dave Lane grabbing an early wicket there was little more joy to come as Walton cruised past the required total only two wickets down with nearly twenty overs left.