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2nd XI Saturday

So near yet so far…..

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

Windsor 2’s 201 All Out 49.3 Overs T.Bullock 82 K. Condon 30 A.Khan 5-52

North Maidenhead 2’s 202-9 47.3

On a sunny day at North Maidenhead Windsor skipper Edge won the toss and promptly decided to bat first. Some tight bowling from the openers saw the Windsor innings get off to a slow start before the loss of Riches for 9 caught and bowled after being deceived by a slower ball from Khan. Disaster then struck as Clarke was bowled for 1 by the impressive Khan. This brought South African Smith to the crease who together with Huggins who looked to rebuild the innings. Smith provided some counter attacking shots while Huggins opted for some watchful defence. However, Smith departed for a breezy 23 after being bowled by one which kept low. Worse was to follow as Huggins soon followed him bowled for 20 by another of Khan’s slower balls. Windsor again looked to rebuild but the wickets continued to tumble with Hartridge falling LBW for 1 and Noble for 9 after a mix up in the running between the creases. This left the Windsor inning precariously balanced at 107 for 6. However, Bullock and Condon soon formed the partnership the Windsor inning desperately needed. Bullock was particularly impressive mixing booming drives and deft cuts with his trade mark aggressive running with Condon providing more than able support. The pair carried Windsor to 184 with 5 overs remaining before Bullock departed caught at cover off the bowling of Khan as he went in search of what would’ve been a well deserved century. Condon too soon departed bowled by Majid Khan as he looked to force Windsor over the 200 mark. Hodson added 4 before been adjudged L.B.W giving Khan his 5th wicket. A couple of lusty blows from skipper Edge carried Windsor over the 200 mark before he was the final man depart caught off the bowling of Majid Khan as Windsor’s innings came to a close on 201. This looked to be a useful total wicket that was offering variable bounce and turn for the spinners.

In reply Windsor’s attack got off to the best possible start as Edge removed Peach caught behind in his first over. However, this changed dramatically as North Maids launched a savage counter attack for their second wicket as they found themselves 70 for 1 off 7 overs and the game looked to be heading for a very early finish. However, a double bowling change had the desired effect as Hodgson claimed one with a delivery that kept low and lefty the batsman with no chance and Smith bowled the other with a delivery that spun backed sharply and Windsor were back in the game. Smith and Hodgson continued to bowl some tight and lines and Smith claimed a second caught and bowled as the run rate started to creep back up. The introduction of leg spinner Kellard brought further wickets as two batsmen holed out looking for the big shots and North Maids were struggling at 105 for 5. A couple of further quick wickets and the game looked to be heading in Windsor direction but spinners Majid Khan and Richards edged the innings towards Windsor’s total before Richards was run out and Khan bowled by Smith to leave Maidenhead needing 10 runs with 1 wicket remaining. The tail enders held their nerve and finished the innings with a six off the bowling of Smith to leave Windsor disappointed after having come so close.

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