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2nd XI Saturday

Maximum performance – Maximum Points

By June 27, 2006January 13th, 2012No Comments

Windsor 228-8 (R.W. Noble 112)
Slough 154 (Smith 35-7)

Two good individual performances backed up by good catching and fielding saw Windsor register a maximum point win at home to neighbours Slough on Saturday.

Batting first Windsor could have got off to the worst possible start from the first ball with Rob Noble calling fellow opener Paul Huggins through for a suicidal single that Slough were unable to capitalise on. Things then steadied down with Slough opener Mark Sheppard finding early pace and movement making the breakthrough with Huggins caught for 11. In form Dave Richies looked to move the score on but after making a solid start was also undone by Sheppard. Whilst far from scoring freely Rob Noble was happy to consolidate and build partnerships with the middle order and after 30 overs he began to loose his shackles and move the score along. A few cameo innings from the middle order flattered to deceive although it was the introduction of big hitting Oliver Birch that gave the momentum to Windsor. Both he and Noble began to score freely as Slough tired in the heat and after passing his previous highest score of 92 not out Rob Noble finally completed his first Windsor hundred with a scampered 2 thanks to a Slough overthrow. Hard running of singles however would eventually take it’s toll on Noble who after batting for 52 overs in the final over he quite literally ran out of steam as Birch returned for a 3rd and was run out be quite some distance. However, job done Windsor were able to finish on a respectable 228.

Windsor’s opened with Chris Edge and young seamer Sam Condon and although wayward in his line Condon was unlucky not to take a wicket as Abe Smith spilled a regulation chance in the gully. However the next over he did get his reward with when Jahde scooped one to midwicket to be well caught by Dave Richies. Richies was in the action 2 balls later taking a great effort at first slip from Edge and Windsor were into the batting. The introduction of Abe Smith and Rahoul Mohindru however really turned the came in Windsor’s favour as Abe Smith with a very attacking field turned the heat on the Slough batsmen who had no answer to his spin. Together he and Mohindru tore through the middle order with the quite bizarre event of Windsor conceding 2 no balls from the square leg umpire for encroachment from the wicketkeeper Noble, the exact time when 2 wickets fell. However these were not to be costly as despite some lusty blows from Farooq bludgeoning 46 when Salmon fell to Abe Smith to give him is 7th Wicket in the 34th over this wrapped up the Slough innings and giving Windsor the first positive result against Slough for either side in the previous 6 meetings.

Windsor now move 10 points clear in 2nd place and face their nearest rivals Boyne Hill away at Maidenhead next week.

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