Dean bowls them over!
Match report – home to Woking & Horsell CC – 12th July 2015
A very murky morning thankfully did not result in a rain affected game but the sun was not seen at all through the low dark clouds. WHCC were welcomed back to Greenford and after winning the toss decided to bat. This was a decision that Dave, their skipper, probably regretted as Dean, for once without any injuries, opened the bowling with a very hostile display of skiddy pace bowling. This soon resulted in the top 3 batsman being comprehensively bowled – Dean was on a hat-trick and in the same over bowled a third visitor but it was a no ball!
The score was then 23 for 3 in the eight over. I’d like to think that Grace’s would try to consolidate the innings after such a poor start but the Woking batsmen surprisingly then pretty much committed suicide with a range of ambitious and injudicious shots resulting in them being all out for only 51 in the 18th over. In order to try to make a game of it skipper Dom had rotated the bowlers but this only resulted in the same poor shot selection. Only the number 4, Robbings, got to double figures. The innings was summed up by the last batsman managing to flatten his stumps playing a back foot shot.
Not surprisingly there were some outstanding bowling figures; Dean 3 wickets for 10 runs in 4 overs, Mamun 3 for 23 and Anosh with an even better 4 for 7! Too early for tea so Stuart and Simon opened for us with Stuart in no mood to hang around. When Simon was stumped for 11 in the 7th over the score was already 47. Stuart hit the winning runs in the 10th over to finish on an entertaining unbeaten 41. A 9 wicket win in what was a quite bizarre match against a very friendly visiting team.
Playing a beer match was then agreed where the Woking batsman were keen to make amends and won a fun game with everyone turning their arms over.
Thanks again for the supporters who made it along as usual. Let’s hope Dean can remain fit for the coming games – It’s Greenford again next week and visitors Merton are sure to show more application in their batting.