Pyestock’s bowling unit took centre stage at Woking and Horsell CC this Sunday as the hosts were torn apart in a mammoth 10 wicket victory.
Only opener Sagar Nayyar managed double figures for the home side as Neil Butler’s side exacted the perfect revenge for the 2 wicket defeat twelve months previous.
Nayyar had looked impressive in the opening stages as he utilised any width offered by Neil Butler well in guiding the ball either into the covers, or expertly down to third man. At the other end, the left handed Rehan Ahmed was taking time to settle and was struggling with the probing lines being utilised by both bowlers.
Seeing as Ahmed was looking uncomfortable at the crease, despite crashing a huge six from Butler, it came as a surprise that Nayyar became Pyestock’s first victim with a ball that cut back beautifully to nick the inside edge of the opener directing it firmly into leg stump, giving Chris Heath his 13th wicket of the season.
Newcomer Satish Kumar unknowingly guided his first ball to the third man boundary as Heath grew more confident of further wickets. Ben Bromley was introduced in place of Butler at the other end and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket almost immediately, but Ahmed survived as Dan Heath spurned the catch at long off.
Ahmed’s luck did not continue however as in the 12th over, Heath doubled his tally as the opener feathered a regulation catch to the grateful hands of Vaughan Newcombe behind the stumps. Given the amount of times the left handed had played and missed outside his off stump, it was satisfying the Pyestock were being rewarded for their persistent and tight bowling.
Heath continued to cause problems as Jack Bromley and Chris McGovern failed to hold difficult chances as the ball began to dominate over bat, Bose became Heath’s third victim of the afternoon, falling LBW, before Bromley joined the party removing Satish Kumar thanks to a solid catch on the boundary from Neil Butler.
At 37 for 4, the visitors were on top and the new pairing of Rob Styles and Charlie Eve looking to consolidate and add crucial runs to their team’s cause, and carefully they moved the score passed the 50 mark, however, undeterred, Pyestock continued with plan A and probed and tested the batsmen with almost every ball.
The result was the loss of Woking and Horsell’s remaining six wickets for just eleven runs as Styles perished to a looped catch to Glenn Taylor to give Bromley a second scalp for his efforts, before a recharged Neil Butler bowled his opposite number Dave Lane with an inswinging delivery that pitched outside off before clipping the top of leg stump.
Jack Bromley entered the attack and claimed the wicket of Charlie Eve who seemed to misjudge a full delivery resulting in one of the easiest LBW decisions seen recently, and also Wicks, who picked out Chris McGovern at extra cover.
Amongst all the commotion, Dan Heath had bowled 4 impeccable overs costing just 4 runs accumulated from one square cut to the boundary by the already departed Styles, but the 25 year old, who was bowling a spell of seam for the first time this season finally took a deserved wicket as D.Barter edged a delivery through to Neil Butler at first slip who claimed the catch at the second attempt.
Jack Bromley wrapped up the innings in the 34th over as A.Barter was bowled leaving the hosts dismissed for 64. Pyestock had bowled impeccably, and it would take a similar effort from the home bowlers to salvage anything from a match which had already slipped a fair distance from their grasp.
At the resumption, Rehan Ahmed and Dave Lane opened the bowling for the hosts looking for an early couple of scalps to set the nerves jangling amongst the Pyestock ranks, however both Jon Ford and Glenn Taylor started positively taking 16 runs from the first 4 overs. Ford was utilising the cut shot to good effect, whilst Taylor picked off the looser of Lane’s deliveries.
The bowlers tightened up as needed following this fluent start, and produced two successive maidens, however a flurry of wide’s from Ahmed released any pressure that had been built, and again Pyestock took advantage.
In almost desperation, Lane replaced himself with Rob Styles, but nothing could now stem the tide, and the score moved to 36 with only 29 now required for victory.
The eleventh over proved the most damaging as Taylor really got hold of Ahmed, completing the openers spell with a six into the pavilion. This signalled the dominance now being displayed by the away side and game was up as Ford and Taylor were ensuring their team cruised to victory. Ahmed was removed from the attack but five balls later it was all over as Taylor cut new bowler Bose into the off side and wrapped up Pyestock’s eight win of the season, and first by a ten wicket margin since the 2007 demolition of Easams CC
Next week , Pyestock visit Worcester Park for the first time looking to put in a good performance to correlate with this fine win. Woking and Horsell will know doubt respond strongly when the side’s undoubtedly meet again, and Pyestock CC will relish and enjoy the challenge.