The final Saturday of the season saw the annual W&HCC Awards Night take place. The evening celebrates the weird and wonderful of the season recognising the achievements of certain individuals. It has been a difficult season for many but there are several players who really have excelled this year. To add to this, Matt Allan has worked tirelessly on the clubhouse renovation project and thoroughly deserves his clubman of the year award. Congratulations to all of the winners:
1stXI player: Qaiser Nawaz
2ndXI player: Angus Hargan
3rdXI player: Mandar Khedekar
4thXI player: Sharath Vasu
5thXI player: Vir Singh
Sun 1stXI player: Jack Allen
Sun 2ndXI player: Sagar Nayyar
Newcomer: Vikram Singh
Bowler: Phill West
Batsman: Vaibhav Bhade
Young Player: Qasim Asghar
Fielder: Mark Worgan
Clubman: Matt Allan
The 2014 Surrey Championship Awards Dinner will take place on Friday 3 October 2014 at The Kia Oval. The event has been typically well attended by W&H players and friends in recent years and we are keen for this to continue. It will also give our promotion winning 2ndXI another chance to celebrate their success. A number of club members have already signed up to go. We have picked up a few awards at the last few dinners and were Fair Play Award winners in 2011 and 2013. Maybe we will win again!??
Roger Dakin will once again act as MC and the guest speaker will be Peter Bowler who played for Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Somerset and Tasmania.
The cost of the tickets is £38, which must be paid in advance and includes a three course meal. Tom Harlow has kindly agreed to coordinate our party and can be contacted on or 07824 470 079. In order to secure a seat at the dinner you will either need to provide Tom with cash in advance, or transfer the money into the club’s bank account (details below) and tell Tom you have done so. If you are keen to go then we need to know by 19 September. Tables are for 10 people and it would be great to think we can fill at least one table if not two. Hope to see you there.
It was an evening of mixed emotions on Saturday night as the 2ndXI were promoted back to Division 2 at the first attempt after an outstanding season, while the fourth eleven were relegated after four years of playing Premier League cricket.
The second team were promoted after a 33 run at Ashford. The players trooped from the field knowing that wasn't enough by itself to secure the bonus point required to seek automatic promotion, however, a quick check on Twitter was enough to discover that Stoke D'Abernon had taken a point off third placed Dorking to ensure that second place went to us.
It was a far from straightforward afternoon for Phill West's men though. Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, a strong opening stand of 65 from Vaibhav Bhade and James Williams put us in a strong position but a devastating spell, certainly for us, of 7-25 from Ashford's captain saw us slip to 102-7. It was a time for heroes and we had one in veteran Roger White. He rebuilt the innings with Vikram Singh and then Phill West, putting on 82 with the skipper for the ninth wicket to leave us 248 all out from our 50 overs.
The Ashford innings began in sedate fashion and when Vikram took our first wicket in the eleventh over the score was only on 19, however, the tempo of the innings changed and with Chris Evans, the Surrey Championship's leading run scorer, Ashford always had a chance of spoiling our party. When Angus Hargan dropped Evans on 40 it looked as if we had missed out on the chance of taking the bonus point as we were struggling to take wickets. The odd tight over, including a maiden over in the 47th, looked like it may give us the required ten points but it wasn't to be as Ashford finished on 215-5, still 34 short of their victory target but, enough to take the bonus. It was a dejected team that trooped off but once inside the dressing room the mood rapidly changed as Doug discovered that Stoke D'Abernon had taken a point from Dorking and our promotion had been confirmed.
While it was success for the second team it was disappointment for the fours as their four year stay in the Premier League came to an end as they were beaten by champions Dulwich. We made a strong start with the ball, however, as Dulwich's top three were all dismissed cheaply but their next five batsmen all made significant scores allowing them to make 228-7 from their 45 overs. A strong start was key but in form Tom Harlow was dismissed for nought. Jack Allen made 42 and Bilal Mir 55 but we were still some way behind the rate required and we finished on 188-8 which was also one run short of acquiring a bonus point. We eventually finished five points shy of fourth from bottom Spencer. One thing we can point to is our four abandoned games, four more than our nearest rivals, which saw us drop down the table despite a decent start. The fourth team will be expecting big things next year.
The 1stXI's tough campaign finished with a heavy defeat against Ashford who were promoted. Bowling first our opening attack proved expensive but the brakes were applied with the introduction of James Woods and Indi Fernando who took three wickets. Some solid scoring all down the Ashford card, however, enabled them to get up to 285-9 by the end of their innings. It was a total we didn't look like matching as wickets began to fall regularly with only Qais Nawaz (39) and Steve Cockett (35) scoring over 10. We were eventually all out for 144 in the 36th over to lose by 141 runs.
The 3rdXI had a disappointing final day defeat to already relegated Leatherhead. Bowling first we took wickets throughout the innings with Mandar Khedekar and Matt Allan taking three wickets but we were unable to knock over the tail and an eighth wicket stand of 53 took the Leatherhead total up to a tougher task of 187 for victory. Our reply started badly with Ramesh Parthasarathy, Gihan Thabrew and Martin Peters all out cheaply before the innings was rebuilt by Sagar Nayyar (26) and Rajesh Rao (23). Their dismissals led to another collapse before Ian Evans (19) and Paul Fortescue (17) put together a mini partnership but victory wasn't really on the cards and we fell sixty short of Leatherhead's target.
The Red Lions finished with a defeat against Weybridge. One of the problems they have faced this season has been putting runs on the board and the final game of the season was no exception. A promising opening partnership between the Cheetham family, was followed by several cheap dismissals with only youngster Sam Styles (19*) excelling with the bat. A total of 94 never looked like being enough and Weybridge passed our total just one wicket down. It's been a tough debut season for Dave Lane's team but an encouraging one as results improved a bit in the second half of the season. This year's league experience for some of the younger players plus stronger availability higher up the club should help the fives next year.
It was a vital week for W&H with several promotion and relegation matters to be decided but despite a week of availability chaos for the captains the teams responded on the field with four victories, three of them by bonus point margins.
The 1st XI picked up their second win of the season, their second against Bank of England, by seven wickets at Brewery Road. A devastating spell of bowling from Mike O’Mahony, who took 6-22, saw us dismiss the Bank for 115 despite conceding 29 in wides and no-balls. Malcolm Eddington and O’Mahony were both dismissed cheaply but a stand of 57 between Qais Nawaz (40) and Tim Keene (41*) saw us most of the way home. There was still time for an extraordinary six for Steve Cockett as we eased home by seven wickets.
The 2ndXI had a straightforward win against strugglers Maori Oxshott. Despite a ragged start the introduction of spin twins Damo Honey (5-27) and James Williams (3-20) put the brakes on the Oxshott innings and they were eventually all out for 92 in the 26th over. Vaibhav Bhade and Williams opened the innings and set about the bowling. For once VB was outscored by his Geordie partner who enjoyed hitting a six to the petanque arena. With shots being played all round the wicket, the game was over in the 13th over as we passed our target without losing a wicket. A bonus point win at Ashford next week will secure promotion for Phill West’s team.
The third eleven secured their second division status for another season with a four wicket victory over Sanderstead. Winning the toss and choosing to bowl, Sanderstead were bowled out for 117 with five overs left of their fifty. Johnny Ayling and Bilal Mir both took three wickets and Mandar Khedekar took two during his miserly spell. We found the reply hard going, however, as wickets fell regularly. Tom Harlow (34) top scored opening the innings and Ramesh Parthasarathy (26*) guided us home to ensure a bonus point victory.
The fourth eleven secured their win shortly after lunchtime on Friday as Sinjun Grammarians conceded saving our brave boys the trip up the A3. Unfortunately, however, results did not go our way and we must beat champions Dulwich on Saturday and hope that other results go our way to ensure Premier League survival.
The Red Lions were the only team to lose their game as they were defeated by 94 runs at Valley End. Valley End made a decent start but Jeevan Namboodiri and Mike Walsh polished off the innings taking 5-14 between the pair of them to bowl the opposition out for 165. Our innings struggled to get going with only two of our batsman making double figures as we were all out for 71.
I am sad to say that we are nearing the end of the league season, however, that does mean we are nearing the highly anticipated Woking and Horsell 2014 Awards Night. The event will be held on Saturday 6 September after our final league games of the season.
For those that haven’t attended before, the awards celebrate the good, the bad and the downright awful of the 2014 season, with player of the year prizes going to each team. We will be awarding prizes to the batsman and bowler of the year, fielder, young player and clubman. There will also be a number of “joke” prizes awarded for various misdemeanours committed throughout the year. If you have any stories of “village behaviour” from this year please do let James Williams or Andrew Murphy know as they will be presenting the awards and they do enjoy hearing them. We are looking for someone to take photos on the night so, if you have some aptitude with a camera, please let us know ASAP if you’d like to help (they'll need to be of a high standard to match last years!). Pictures of previous events can be found on the club’s Facebook page.
We are well aware that availability has been “average” this year, something that will be covered on the night, but please make every effort to attend. You never know what you may have won! Hopefully there will be plenty to celebrate anyway, as Phill West’s second team are looking for promotion and the third and fourth elevens try and avoid relegation. We need as many people available during the final two weeks to finish off the season. Hope to see you there.