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2nd XI Saturday

Princes outplayed by hard work

By May 6, 2009January 13th, 2012No Comments

Windsor 160 for 8 off 40 overs (Mirza 58, Davis 26, Hill 26)
Princes Risborough 131 for 7 off 40 overs (Strong 45, Jones 4 for 20)

In the final practice match prior to the start of the league season, the Windsor 2nd team took on the challenge of Chiltern League club Princes Risborough. Due to bad traffic the start was delayed and the game was reduced to 40 overs per side win, lose or draw game. Upon winning the toss, Windsor chose to bat first and look to try practice the art of setting a target and bowling a side out.

Windsor’s inning got off to a slow start and when Noble was out in the 7th over, the score had only just received double figures. Mirza joined Huggins and took the onus of the innings, building a strong 2nd wicket partnership. When Huggins ran himself out in the 21st over, Windsor were 60 for 2 and struggling to build a strong target to defend. The introduction of the left-handed Davis seemingly disrupted the tight bowling lines of the Princes Risborough bowling and Mirza and Davis proceed to take 50 from the next 8 overs and Windsor suddenly found themselves in a strong position to build a good total. However, the loss of Mirza shortly after reaching 50 precipitated a collapse and Windsor lost 4 wickets for 10 runs. A good partnership between Hill and Care clawed back some advantage and when latter departed Jones continued the mantle. When Hill was out on the last ball of the innings for 26, Windsor had set a competitive total of 160. Greaves was the pick of the Princes bowlers with 4 for 35.

With 4 an over needed from the off, the Princes Risborough openers looked to attack from the word go. Windsor opening bowlers Edge and Condon both strived for early breakthroughs, with the latter picking up the first wicket of Strong, with the counterattacking from Strong was the main source of the visitor’s runs. Hill then joined Condon and both bowled well without luck. Pitt continued to hold one end up, whilst Strong built from the other and Windsor struggled to make breakthroughs. However the introduction of Jones seemed to turn the tide and the luck for Windsor. Jones removed Pitt and Strong in consecutive overs and along with the leg-spin of Kellard, Windsor made strides through the visitors batting order. Only the resistance of captain Morton and Hitchcock managed to stem the flow of wickets and Princes Risborough finished with 131 for 7 off their 40 overs.

Whilst the match ended in a draw, Windsor had been on top for much of the game and should be disappointed to not have bowled their opposition out. Arguably, when the numbers 7 and 8 started to counter attack with attacking fields, it caused Windsor to relax and expect wickets when previously they had worked for them. This is an issue that requires a minor tweak and more focus to ensure the chances that were lost last year are not repeated this.

This Saturday, Windsor 2’s will play their first league game of the season away at OMT.

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