Match report - Old Woking CC 2nd XI vs Westcott CC
Westcott won the toss and elected to bowl
Old Woking 170-6, Dean Simon Stenning 53
Westcott 108 all out, Sanjeev Bidur 3-11
Old Woking won by 62 runs
With the team finalised only hours before the start, Old Woking were put in to bat on a green-ish pitch in testing overhead conditions. Westcott’s opening bowlers Green and Parker were able to exert some early pressure, with Parker’s control of swing in particular making it a challenge for openers Raymond Oliver and Elizabeth Jurczenko to score quick runs but were nonetheless able to see off this testing period of the game with a solid partnership of 32. Oliver (10) was the first to be dismissed, trapped lbw by Green, before Jurczenko (15) followed shortly after, missing out on a loose delivery from Hopkins.
A busy 11 from Edward H Smith set up Dean Stenning and Sanjeev Bidur to go through the gears as they began to take the game away from Westcott, scoring 53 and 42 respectively. Stenning’s knock contained some powerful hitting, including two massive sixes down the ground before they were both caught trying to accelerate towards the end of the innings, which was finished off by Tom Outteridge (11*) and Brendon Stewartson (2*). The final few overs were not without controversy, Outteridge finding himself the recipient of some good fortune when he skied a chance in the third to last over. Batting partner Stewartson and bowler Badman collided and fell to the ground when the latter attempted to take a straight forward catch off his own bowling in what was determined a ‘cricketing incident’ by the umpires. Old Woking set a solid total of 171 for Westcott to win.
Disciplined bowling from Sumeet Goswami and Stenning made the chase a difficult task for Westcott right from the off. Stenning’s figures of 2-3 from his 6 overs put Westcott on the back foot before Jurczenko continued her good form with the ball to take 2-22, with several half-chances in her spell. Rain interrupted play for about 20 minutes, after which Old Woking’s spinners came on to finish the job. Westcott’s opener Green made a good 28 before Ed Smith (2-19) took his wicket with his first ball following a smart catch at point by Bidur.
Will Carter, drafted in just before the start of play, claimed match figures of 1-21 with some promising off-spin before Bidur came on to clean up with 3-11. Elliot Smith kept the Westcott batsmen honest throughout, displaying quick hands behind the stumps in his debut as 2s wicket-keeper.
The win was Old Woking’s third of the season and gives them encouragement to finish the 2017 campaign on a high note.