I am pleased to announce that the club's overseas player for 2009, Digby Philip, has arrived in the country. Digby was recommended to the club by former player Glenn Morley, who has played with Gisborne, New Zealand. Opening the bowling, he made an impressive debut last saturday picking up 4 for 38 and clearly ruffling a few Valley End feathers.

If you see Digby around at the club on Tuesday or Friday nights or at the weekend why not introduce yourself and make him feel welcome?

Giles Green the WHCC First team wicket keeper ran two wicket keeping sessions on Friday 15 May for young aspiring Colts wicket keepers. In total 5 boys from Under 12 to under 17 received expert personal tuition on the finer arts of operating behind the stumps. Despite the intermittent downpours the boys showed a great willingness to learn and no shortage of dexterity and skill in a series of exercises that should improve their confidence and provide them with valuable techniques to improve on their performances during the season. All the boys (Pourav, Conor, Matthew, Jamie, Patrick) were tired at the end but were very grateful for the opportunity to meet and be trained by the club's number one keeper. Thanks to Giles who made an extra effort to leave London early to be at Brewery Road for 6pm. Giles was impressed by the standard shown and the boys enthusiasm and has agreed to run another Friday night session later in the season so budding keepers keep a look out on the web site for the next date.

There were contrasting fortunes for the 1st and 2nd XI’s this weekend with a comfortable victory for the first team at home to Farncombe and a sound thrashing for the 2nd team at Ashford. Jan Kredar’s excellent start to the season continued with an unbeaten hundred (127*) and Toby Green’s 51 led us to 287 in our fifty overs. Shazad Hussain took six wickets and Damo three as Farncombe were bowled out for 173. The second team were thrashed at Ashford, bowled out for just 47 chasing a total of 221 to win.
The third team were pipped at the post by two wickets after fifties for Mike and Ramesh and four wickets for Carl Dingwall and Zohaib Shabir.

The fourth team lost to Reigate Priory and the Sunday team sneaked home against West London thanks in the main to Albert Hall's 106*.

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Woking and Horsell Cricket Club is pleased to announce the award of honorary life membership to Erica Bonneywell for her outstanding service to the club over the last 20 years. For those of you unaware of the work that Erica has done, she has been the well respected 1st XI and Sunday scorer for all of those years, finally retiring from her Saturday 1st XI duties last year but continuing with the Sunday games. Turning up at games around the county without any fuss and regularly available (it would be great if we had more players like this!) at a time when many clubs have not had a scorer, we have been very lucky indeed. Erica will be missed by the 1st XI but her work will continue with the Sunday team and I'm sure we will continue to see her at the club on a Saturday on a regular basis.  I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Erica on her achievement.

The season kicked off to a fine start this weekend with 3 successful and enjoyable matches. The 1st XI and 2nd XI played and intraclub game at Brewery Rd on Saturday while the 3rd XI and 4th XI battled it out at the Park. The Sunday XI had their first game of the season at Brewery Rd.

The pitch at Brewery Rd was exceptional over the weekend, with over 850 runs scored over both days. A big thanks from all those that played (and watched!) to Mr Charlie Johnson, our home ground groundsman, for preparing such a fine wicket.

Bring on the season!

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