WOKING & Horsell’s pre-parations ahead of the new season looked on course with a friendly victory over Ashford.
The Brewery Road outfit were relegated from Surrey Championship Division 3 last term and are readying themselves for life in Division 4 this summer.
In the same division, Byfleet will be hoping to pick up where they left off last summer.
The Fleet – backed by big-hitter Brian Barnard – took 2014 by storm to win promotion, and momentum seems to be with the Parvis Road side ahead of their season opener with Cobham Avorians on Saturday.
League action is already underway in the Fullers Surrey County League but it was not the kind of opening day Ripley would have been hoping for as they were well-beaten by Kempton.
The visitors were never at the races as Kempton galloped to an unassailable tally of 243 after Ripley sent them in to have a bat first.
The away side battled to a relatively respectable 180 runs but there was no catching Kempton who made sure to dismiss the last of the Ripley order inside their allotted overs. Pyrford want to make sure things don’t go Pear-shaped when they get their Surrey Championship Division 3 campaign underway this week, and with good reason.
An up and down 2014 left the Pears with little to play for besides midtable mediocrity last term, but they have a perfect chance to get off on the right foot against Staines & Laleham in two days time.
The visiting side finished last year in the relegation places but were given a reprieve and managed to stay in the division by the skin of their teeth.