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2nd XI Saturday

By May 16, 2005January 13th, 2012No Comments

SONNING LANE – THE GRAVEYARD OF BOWLERS.

READING 284-3 Dec. A.Ball 150* (46 Overs)

WINDSOR 286-4 P. Huggins 78, A.Clarke 66* (48 Overs)


Definition

flat (LEVEL)

adjective flatter, flattest
level and smooth, with no curved, high, or hollow parts:
An ice rink needs to be completely flat.
Roll out the pastry on a flat surface.
Much of Sonning Lane is very flat and not conducive to seam bowling

On perhaps the best playing surface and outfield in Berkshire, Windsor notched up their 2nd win of the season in an extraordinary display of batting where Reading’s Andy Ball would score an undefeated 150 and still end up on the losing side.


Despite the early summer sunshine a chill wind meant it was jumpers o’clock as after surveying the superb Sonning Lane deck losing the toss and being asked to bowl first meant that Windsor would have to apply themselves to contain Reading which after the first few overs, despite Chris Edge keeping an economical tight line, Windsor rapidly found that anything that beat the infield was flying to the boundary with gusto with Alex Hill finding it difficult to judge the right line and length on this pitch and subsequently being punished. Edge made the initial breakthrough having the first Reading opener caught well at mid on and after Readings number 3 played a few agricultural shots that began to get the Windsor seamers back up, he clearly couldn’t play the short ball instead spooning a skier high in the sky straight back to Edge and although Reading were scoring well Windsor hoped to turn the screw. This however didn’t happen as
Readings two young Berkshire batsmen started to get about the bowling and as Eggenhuizen and young spinner Venkatramen tried to make the breakthrough, runs were being leaked all around the field as boundary after boundary flowed. The experienced Andy Wigley found conditions tough as with the batsmens eyes in with Ball in particular hitting out Reading accelerated the scoring, smashing the bowling to all parts as page after page of the tactic book was torn out in a fruitless attempt to stop Readings onslaught. After 46 overs Windsor were finally put out of their misery by Readings captain who declared the innings after Ball had reached a superb 150 not out.

Windsor knew they were in for the run chases of run chases but the sporting declaration when Reading could have gone on and made on this deck in excess of 320 meant there was at least something to be played for however remote, and all credit to the Reading captain for looking for a result when many others would have been happy with the draw.


As always, accepting the challenge,
Windsor knew the result would depend on a good start from openers Rob Noble and Paul Huggins and although the score after ten overs stood at 28-0 they had provided a foundation for the run chase to commence. Things started to pick up around the 14th over when Rob Noble hit a scorching cover drive followed by a neat flick off his legs to register 12 off the over which upped the run rate. Reading responded by bringing on a young leg spinner and despite his best efforts Windsor were in no mood to give any favours.

Definition

gorge (EAT)

verb [I or R]
to eat until you are unable to eat any more:
[R] If you gorge yourself on crisps like that, you won’t eat your dinner.

[R] “Huggy, we’ve got 18 runs already off this over, don’t do anything silly this ball” [Rob Noble to partner Paul Huggins after ball 5]. Ball 6 six slog swept over cow corner for 6.


Now, after 20 overs
Windsor had reached 90-0 and the chase was on but the momentum was now defiantly with Windsor. Although Noble departed for 35 and Huggins after a few more lusty blows for 78, it was the partnership of Andy Clarke and Brian Davis who sealed the victory. Both mixed defence with controlled aggression which meant that by the time Davis had fallen for a well deserved 40, Windsor were chasing at under 5 an over. The rock Tom Bullock, whose spade has probably dug Windsor out of so much trouble it deserves a knighthood, did what he did best and with the solid Clarke at the other end Windsor quite literally drove to the target as Reading sensing victory was now beyond them, began to prepare for the visit of the Grim Reaper. Bullock’s departure after playing on brought the experienced Wing to the crease and the astonishing formality of chasing 285 to win was completed with 6 overs to 6 wickets in hand.

A local derby with Slough awaits next week as Windsor hope to hold onto their unbeaten run.

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