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2nd XI Saturday

Stagnant last 10 overs spoil Windsor’s day

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

Saturday 27th June

Windsor 2’s 208 for 3 off 52 Overs (Chana 69, P Huggins 62*)
Wooburn Narkovians 211 for 6 off 46.3 Overs (J White 51)

On a day with thundering around the edges of the ground, Windsor 2’s lacked the thunder on the pitch to convert a good start into a substantial total.

After winning the toss and chosing to bat first, Windsor openers Chana and Davis made a positive (if not in the case the latter) if risky start. With the score at 75, Davis was first to go for 37, caught on the long off boundary. Huggins joined Chana and the pair began to build further on the strong start made, with Chana reaching a deservered 50. However, with innings beginning to stall, runs began to dry up as Huggins suffered in the heat and Chana was caught on the boundary attempting one big shot too many. Nair briefly joined the now immobile Huggins and tried in vain to hit out with boundary riders all around the ground. One final push by Riches helped Huggins get Windsor past 200 and settle at a total of 208 from 52 overs. With 7 wickets still hand, this total could surely have been at least 20 more had more risk been taken.

Wooburn started positively, but as Hill, Gould and Davis chipped away with early wickets, the game was wide open going into the final quarter of the match. The extra runs missed earlier in the day would prove to be decisive as White and Wooburn skipper Small made a postive move with less than 15 overs to go. Small in particular played some lusty blows over the long on boundary. When Bennett later replaced Small, the two left handers set to frustrate Windsor further and get closer to the total. When Small was finally out to sharp catch by Nair off Chana, the game was already won for Wooburn and Bennett ticked of the final runs with ease.

A disappointing loss for Windsor especially considering how they had dominated with the bat for good portions of the game. Windsor need to find that extra gear going into the swecond half of the season to get to totals of 230 plus to give for a strong platform for which to bowl a side out on.


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