League: Surrey Championship 1st XI Division 4

Home Side: Woking & Horsell 169 all out (48.3 overs)

Away Team: Cobham Avorians 149 all out (42.2 overs)

Result: Woking & Horsell win by 16 runs (D-L)


Woking & Horsell came out victors in a hard-fought game last weekend as they upset third placed Cobham. Buoyed by some promising performances in previous weeks Woking won the toss and decided to bat first.

Woking’s innings did not start well as they lost the in-form Henri Peters in the first over and fellow opener Tim Keene followed in the 6th over to a somewhat ambitious shot. Conditions looked favourable for bowling but James Woods and Stuart Warner negated the threat of the seaming ball while keeping the score ticking over. As the ball softened and spin was introduced they look to be more assertive with a combination of aggressive stroke play and hard running between the wickets. The partnership of 91 was eventually broken as Woods was bowled for 49 when wicket-keeper Dominic Worth took off the pads to bowl, the game evenly poised with Woking 110-3 from 28 overs. His dismissal sparked a flurry of wickets from which Woking never truly recovered, Warner departing for 56. Either side of several rain breaks Woking scrambled their way up to 169, Duckworth-Lewis revised the target set to Cobham to 164 from 47 overs.

Cobham started there run chase in their typically aggressive manner with the ball disappearing to the boundary regularly and often fortuitously. Both openers were eventually caught swinging hard but Cobham were well ahead of the rate at 66 for 2 in the 12th over. Woking’s strength in recent weeks has come from their ability to dry up the runs in the middle overs and spinners Phil West and Tom Sharpless again kept it tight, ably supported by Roger White. Sharpless in particular bowled a remarkable spell including five consecutive maidens in his figures of 10-3-19-1. The pressure was too much for Cobham’s middle order with West picking up regular wickets in his 10-3-32-3. With Cobham 130-7 with 14 overs still to go the game was in the balance. Woking held their nerve however as skipper Tim Keene introduced himself to the attack taking the remaining 3 wickets in his five overs with Cobham eventually all out for 149.

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