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2nd XI Saturday

Final day exploits in vein

By September 9, 2009January 13th, 2012No Comments

Windsor 2’s 302 for 3 off 39 Overs (Davis 102, Chana 93, Gould 51)
Tring 3’s 137 All Out off 43.1 Overs (Plummeridge 82, Mohindru 6 for 32)

With all still to play for in Division 4A, Windsor 2’s entered this match on a positive note knowing that a 25 point win would at least give them a chance at closing the gap on the leaders and winning promotion. Upon winning the toss, Windsor had no hesitation in deciding to bat in an attempt to set a total for which they could bowl Tring out.

Davis and Chana once again opened and were positive from the outset. The inexperienced Tring Park bowling was put to the sword as the Windsor openers were mercelous in their pursuit of runs. Davis passed 50 as Windsor passed their 100 in the 15th over. Chana was not far behind and the pair continued to put Tring to the sword. Once in the 90’s, Davis began to become somewhat unsettled, but reached his hundred in the 27th over as Windsor reached their 200 in turn. When Davis finally fell for 102 in the 28th over, Windsor were well set on 204 for 1. Gould joined Chana and together they built yet another partnership. Chana fell 7 short of a deserved hundred for 93 when his missed a straight one to be adjudged LBW. Gould and Charters carried on the momentum, with the former reaching a fine and well-deserved 50. After Gould’s departure, Malik and Charters saw Windsor past 300 and gave Davis chance to declare the innings and give Tring Park 61 overs to chase the target.

The target of 302 looked even further adrift when Tring found themselves first 4 for 3 and the 24 for 4 thanks to the spin bowling of Mohindru and Kellard. But when Plummeridge and the Tring skipper began to build a solid 5th wicket partnership, the wickets stopped and the game became a contest again. They batted for over 35 overs together and put Tring in a far more comfortable position. However, the combination of Green removing the Tring skipper and Plummeridge getting cramp, put paid to any thoughts of victory. Mohindru returned and gained the vital wicket of Plummeridge and along with Kellard, the spin twins made light work of the Tring tail. Windsor ran out comfortable winners by 165 runs.

Despite the huge win, the 25 points gained were not enough as results in the rest of the league went against Windsor. Indeed all but one of the competing sides won and as such, they finished 10 points behind the leaders, gaining back only 5 on the day. That said, it has been a good season for the 2nd XI and it has seen some good young players establish themselves into the side and develop well towards a bright future. The balance for next season will be to continue to progress the younger players and putting in a serious attempt to win the title.

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