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2nd XI Saturday

Boyne Hill turn the heat on Windsor

By July 4, 2006January 13th, 2012No Comments

Boyne Hill 252-5 Declared (Winter 105*, Gannon 50)
Windsor 207 (Smith 59)

A hastily changed Windsor side were outdone by a classy Boyne Hill side in the heat on Saturday but the makeshift side did not give in easily pushing Hill all the way and looking in the box seat to make the target for much of their innings.

The toss on such a hot day was crucial and having won Boyne Hill had no hesitation in batting and opening with the inform Mellor and Gannon. Mellor started the more cautious to the shot-a-ball Gannon who was fortunate to survive on many occasions as he Chinese cut and edged his way quickly into the 20’s. The first breakthrough came when Edge cleaned up Mellor, and after being replaced a hostile spell by Birch had Latchford in all kinds of trouble taking a series of blows to the body and this clearly affected him after playing a defensive shot from Abe Smith to backward point, wandered out of his crease to be compressively run out by the return throw. However this brought Winter to the crease who would prove to be the backbone of Hill’s innings. Playing some good aggressive shots he kept the run rate ticking and with Pike set about forging the stand that would stretch past 100. Rotating the bowlers Rob Woodward, playing his first game of the season came in for some brutal hammer from Winter as Boyne Hill piled on the runs. A couple of wickets for Edge towards the end of the innings slowed the rate a little but with Winter undefeated on a great 105, Boyne Hill declared in the 50th over with 252.

As most eyes turned towards the events in Germany, Rob Noble and another season debutant Harmeet Channa, set about the total. Things were ticking over well at 3.5 per over when Noble was stuck on the shoulder by a return throw and was forced to retire hurt. This brought the onus to Abe Smith and in typical fashion he began to dominate the bowlers with some aggressive strokeplay. Although wickets around him began to fall the run rate was being kept up and at times exceeded as cameo innings from Ashraf, Smith and Birch in particular looking good. However when Smith was caught for 59 and Birch unlucky to pick out the fielder at Short fine leg the game swung back to Boyne Hill. Playing as a batsman, Warren Griffiths was undone by the spin of Gannon and with Noble coming back to the crease Windsor’s final hope rested with Rob Woodward, although when he managed to pick out the fielder at point, the arrival of Chris Edge at 10 saw Windsor try to close the game up. Noble and Edge soaked up a few overs getting Windsor past the 200 mark although when Edge played onto his stumps it was left to Gannon to pick up his 5th wicket with youngster Sam Condon undone by his spin to wrap up a deserved victory for Hill in the 47th over.

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