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2nd XI Saturday

By June 15, 2004January 13th, 2012No Comments

WINDSOR 2 225-4 (Huggins 96*, Bullock 49)

AMERSHAM 2 184-7 ( W.Walsh 71* , A.Hill 6-32)

Another draw mars superb individual performances

Windsor remain unbeaten but now adrift from the leaders in Divison 4b after another dominating display on Saturday left them ultimately fruitless as yet another side were prepared to play out for a draw at the Home Park.

Having lost the toss Windsor were inserted and the extreme consistency this season from Rob Noble and Paul Huggins again continued as they put on 49 for the first wicket to set Windsor up for another big total. Amersham bowled a tight line for much of the innings and at 130-2 from 28 overs were probably hopeful that they could restrict Windsor to a low total. However the fall of Abdual Ashraf’s wicket brought the in form Tom Bullock to the crease and he and Huggins immediately put the bowling to the sword. Boundaries flowed as Huggins moved swifty past his fifty and Bullock with his lightening speed was turning singles into twos as runs leaked throughout the field. In no time at all Bullock had raced to 49 before attempted a chip over gully was caught one short of a deserved half century. Huggins moved the score past 200 and in the final over facing the last ball he needed 6 to complete his century. Although his shot was high over extra cover, it fell well short of the boundary and 2 runs brought up 225 runs from the allotted 52 overs.

Having been inserted, Windsor were hopeful that Amersham would chase the total and a result could be obtainted. Amersham started well and their openers played some attacking shots from the start scoring at the required 4 runs an over for the first 10 overs. However the introduction of Alex Hill changed the game completely. Tearing in from the river end 2 wickets in 2 balls in his first over put Amersham on the back foot and the game was on. Hill continued to bowl superbly and backed up from some eager fielding actioning a superb run out, Windsor seemed to be in control. However at 130-5 as so often been seen this season Amersham seemed to lose interest in the run chase. Trying to temp Amersham back into the game Windsor were forced to remove the superb Hill from the attack and turn to the very part time spin of Abdul Ashraf for a few overs. Still not taking the carrot, skipper Chris Edge brought Hill back on and he immediately struck to get his 5th wicket. Hill claimed another wicket but now 7 down Amersham completely closed the game despite Windsor throwing everything at them in an attempt to claim the win, but ultimately to no avail. Opener Walsh batted throughout the 48 overs for 71 not out.

Despite playing almost all the cricket throughout the match and with 2 superb individual performances the Windsor dressing room had an air of defeat about it whilst Amersham congratulated themselves for holding on to a draw. Cricket was most certainly the loser.

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