1st XI outplayed by Old Woking

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1st XI outplayed by Old Woking

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, on a drying wicket with a slow outfield,  HOF found runs hard to get all afternoon. Controlling length and line admirably the young opening bowlers for Old Woking gave a disciplined performance with the new ball.  Only 24 runs came in the first dozen or so overs and this set the pattern for the whole innings. Batting first wicket down Andy Pickering tried to accelerate the scoring rate with some success before missing a straight one whilst cutting  However, skipper Jeff Haywood was batting sensibly to hold the innings together as each of his first five partners was bowled.  When he was eventually bowled himself for a fine 64 at 130 for 6 the innings stuttered to a quiet close despite some all too brief lusty hitting from Grant Waller. Thus, after the full permitted 48 overs HOF set an undemanding target of 156 for 9. The OW attack kept loose balls to a minimum and were backed by some very good ground fielding. Coming back for their second spells the OW opening bowlers finished with 5 wickets between them, but importantly they had conceded only 51 runs in their combined total of 27 overs.

When the OW batsmen began their reply on a much drier track they immediately took advantage of some loose and wayward bowling to score at over 8 an over.  As they reached 50 in quick time the first wicket went with an LBW decision in Sam Rowan’s favor. Following bowling changes, with Waller switching ends, and Tom Haywood settling on a decent length, the scoring rate slowed down.  But there were still too many scoring opportunities, despite two good catches in the deep at mid off by brother Jeff which brought wickets for Haywood. When Waller captured the fourth wicket with 60 runs still needed HOF had a glimmer of an opportunity.  More chances to make inroads into the middle order came and went begging as relatively easy catches that should have been taken were dropped. Although Waller struck with another wicket, after just 29 overs batting Old Woking deservedly claimed the win with 159 for 5 and plenty of overs to spare.

HOF gained just 4 pts with Old Woking taking 28 pts after outplaying their opponents on the day in all facets of the game.

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