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2nd XI Saturday

Improved performance eases relegation worries

By August 29, 2006January 13th, 2012No Comments

Windsor 227-8 (Birch 56)
Slough 192-7

A much improved performance from Windsor than in recent weeks gave the the lions share of the points in this local derby at the weekend. Winning the toss Windsor batted first and were shaken by the early dismissal of Rob Noble. However, Paul Huggins was finding the booming drives that have been missing this season and he and Dave Richies regrouped to move the score along. At 78-1 both were then dismissed as good accurate bowling from Slough got them back into the game. They then took wickets steadily to leave Windsor at one stage 141-6. However Harmeet Channa and Oliver Birch put a blistering 98 runs on the for the 6th wicket as Windsor rattled past the 200 mark as Slough visibly collapsed in the field with the onslaught. Birch fell for superb 57 and Channa 44 and it was left to Alex Hill and Chris Edge to end the innings with Windsor on a respectable 227-8 the exact same score they made in the encounter earlier in the year.

Opening with Chris Edge and Alex Hill both seamers found pace and bounce as the Slough openers restricting Slough to just 27 off the first 10 overs and 35 from the first 15. With the run rate creeping up the openers patience ran out and heaving wildly at the ball Hill made the breakthrough. Slough consolidated although never really scoring freely the game seemed to be meandering with Slough 141-3 with 15 overs remaining. Throwing caution to the wind Windsor introduced the very part time, very optimistic off-spin of Rob Noble and he instantly got success clean bowling Taj for 54 and then when a perilously close LBW was turned down the batsmen attempted to take a single Abe Smith threw down the stumps with a tracer arm and the game was wide open. Abe Smith then clean bowled Sheperd and 7 down it was Windsor’s game to win as Slough closed the game up. Oliver Birch huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow the resistance over and despite some over attacking fields Sloughs interest dried up and the game ended in a draw.

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