Kingstonian 199-7 (M Walsh 4-20)

WHCC 179-8 (A Murphy 51*)

by Andrew Murphy

The  Carnivals latest game got off to a shambolic start when Woking Council came up with “Whittle” of the Year, telling us that we had not in fact booked the Wheatsheaf and that is why they had not cut or marked the pitch.  Thanks Council.  Step forward Clive Moon and Andy Richardson who cut the extremely green pitch just 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.  There was a distict lack of help from Des and Sean who decided that as the game wouldn’t start on time they would be better off in the pub across the road.  How right they were.

Kingstonian and Chris Dunbar were obviously in liason with the Council and decided that turning up 15 minutes after the 1.30 start would be fine after all.  This left skipper Mike Walsh having kittens, with no ground, ten men and no team to play against.  His mood was slightly improved as he won the toss and due to the (supposedly) sporting looking nature of the wicket decided that we’d have a bowl.  He was back to bad mood mode when after 45 minutes Kingston were 60 for no wicket and not a single ball had mis-behaved, and following an outrageously poor piece of fielding from the skipper  (missing a ball totally which went for four) he threw his hat down on the floor while jumping up and down, in true spoilt kid fashion!!  Cue much laughter.  A couple of overs later saw the best piece of fielding of the game.  Des was hit out towards deep square leg and as the ball sped towards the boundary it was stopped dead in its tracks by a plastic bottle saving W&H two runs!!

Things did get much better as Mike came on to bowl with Kingston having scored at 5 an over for 25 overs.  Des who had bowled without luck and wickets was the next person to look p*ssed off as Mikes first ball ,a leg stump full bunger, was well judged by Chris Dunbar at long leg. Our luck had changed.  That was the last poor ball that Mike bowled as he got through an excellent spell of 9 overs taking four wickets and with good support from Chris Dunbar and Andrew Walker pegged Kingstonian back to 199-7.

Our reply began in true W&H style.  We were 15-3 to a mixture of decent bowling and poor batting,  but were soon back on track when Alan Taylor, playing for the first time in a year, and Mike Walsh, put on 70 for the fourth wicket.  Walsh was out for 35 but Andrew Murphy joined Alan to take up the challenge.  Another partnership gathered momentum but wickets started to regularly fall in the last ten overs as Alan, Chris and Will and Clive were out in fairly quick succession to aforementioned decent bowling and poor batting, but the game petered out into a fairly tame draw with Des and Munge there at the end with 20 and 51 not out each, 20 runs short and a couple of wickets safe.

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