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2nd XI Saturday

230 at a canter

By June 13, 2006January 13th, 2012No Comments

Farnham Common 232 (Chris Kellard 5-44) (51.4 Overs)
Windsor 234-3 (Abe Smith 97*, Tom Bullock 46*) (40.2 Overs)

A scorching hot day at the Home Park saw plenty of runs and it was no surprise that upon winning the toss Farnham Common opted to bat first. Opening with Chris Edge and Oliver Birch both found the pitch full of pace and true bounce with Birch in particular getting up a head of steam. The roar of an England goal from the pavilion seemed to spur on Edge as Probarker miscued to gully the next ball only for the relatively simple chance to go begging. Birch however then produced a beauty to remove the dangerous looking Probarker and Windsor were in the hunt. A double bowling change saw the introduction of Mahmood Mirza and Abe Smith which signed Raza’s change of intent as he got after the spinners with Mirza in particular being expensive. Things were not looking good for Windsor by the 30th over as Farnham Common moved onto 150-2 although things soon swung back in Windsor’s way with the introduction of young Windsor leg spinner Chris Kellard. Combining flight and guile he began to bamboozle the batsmen as he tore through the middle order being supported by Abe Smith who became miserly at the other end. Reduced to 180-7 with 10 overs to go Common captain Scott Wilcox began to play some shots and took advantage of some ragged Windsor fielding as the heat started to get to Windsor. The tail did well around Wilcox until he was caught in the final over to leave Windsor an imposing 233 for victory. Kellard the pick of the bowling claiming 5 wickets for 44 including a club record number of stumpings in a season for wicket keeper Rob Noble.

Common opened with pace in the shape of Mohammed Shabir who tested Kevin Condon out on more than one occasion with the Windsor opener set for the challenge. Steady batting from Paul Huggins saw the shine off the ball and after escaping a drop chance at first slip will be disappointed when the played the same shot 2 balls later this time Common taking the chance. Dave Richies continued his run of good form hitting some blistering drives moving the score along. When Condon fell for 27 Abe Smith, the Windsor South African with a point to prove came to the crease and from ball 1 took the attack to Farnham Common. Pulling with impunity combined with some classic drives saw Windsor take the game to Common as the score moved past 100. Richies will be disappointed not to have gone on to a half century after being bowled through the gate although with the arrival of Tom Bullock this was the perfect foil for Smith to hit out. Common rotated the bowling searching for the breakthrough but once set there were no stopping the pair and as 150 became 200 the game was up for Farnham Common. As Windsor motored to the target all that was left was to see if Smith could reach his century or Bullock his 50 before winning the game however as Smith cracked a 4 through extra cover to win the game with 7 overs to spare, he had been left unbeaten on a chanceless 97 with Bullock 46 not out to move Windsor up to 3rd place in the league.

Windsor take the short trip to neighbours North Maidenhead next week looking to continue their good run of form.

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