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Windsor 2nd XI vs Hayes 1st XI 19.7.2008

By July 23, 2008January 13th, 2012No Comments

Hayes 278-8 52 Overs

Funnel 54
Kumar 66

A. Hill 4-60

Windsor 251-7 48 Overs

H. Chana 75

Windsor entertained Hayes on a bright and blustery afternoon at the Home Park in confident mood off the back of 2 victories and the arrival of overseas player Glen Du Preez. Conditions looked ideal for batting with the wicket looking hard and flat and the outfield resembling a billiard table. With Huggins back at the helm after wedding duties the previous week it was normal service resumed at the toss and Hayes had no hesitation in opting to bat first.

Du Preez and Hill were entrusted with the new ball but both found the going tough as the Hayes openers threw the bat at anything wide or over pitched and the score board quickly rattled along. It was the introduction of Hartridge that brought about the break through as he trapped Forey LBW for 20 to leave the score at 62 for 1. What ensued was a period of play that ebbed and flowed as runs were added quickly with wickets continuing to fall. Next to go was the dangerous M. Green who after a couple of crisp drives pulled a long hop to Malik at square leg to depart for 10 off the bowling of Hill. Next up was Ramneth who chanced his arm squeezing a couple of boundaries away behind square off the bowling of Hartridge. However, his expansive stroke play soon brought about his down fall as he drilled a full toss to Kellard at mid off who made no mistake as he departed for 21.

Windsor next picked up the wicket the key wicket of S. Green for 40 bowled as Hill managed to squeeze his fourth successive yorker through his defences. At this point Windsor were clawing their way back into the game with the score at 117 for 4. Two more quick wicket fell as Wallis was well held by Chana for 13 off the bowling of Hill followed by Frost who was deceived by a Du Preez slower ball and Windsor were looking well on top with the score at 129-6.

With the wicket still playing flat and true and the Windsor bowling attack still offering plenty of scoring opportunities Funnel and Kumar set about rebuilding the Hayes innings. Both rotated the strike well taking quick singles due some complacent Windsor fielding and as both grew in confidence they started to find the boundary with increasing regularity as they started to take the game to Windsor.

The bowling was rotated, but none of the Windsor bowlers could find the break through that was required as the Hayes batsman started to take the game away from Windsor. The next wicket came courtesy of a run out after some good work in the deep by Du Preez as Funnel departed for 54 with score on 233 and Hayes were well placed for massive total. Morgan came to the crease and provided able support for Kumar who stepped up the scoring rubbing further salt into the wound after been dropped striking Malik’s next ball for a towering 6. Malik finally got his man though off the last ball of the innings as he was well held by Riches at long on for 66 as the innings closed on 278 from 52 overs.

Windsor faced a daunting task if they were to win the game, but with the side stacked with batting they knew that they could get there if they batted well.

Openers Chana and Paul Huggins got the Windsor innings off to a steady start as Hayes opted for the old ball and opened with spinner M. Green from one end. As both got there eyes in the scoring started to accelerate aided by the new ball been taken. With the score on 74 in the 18th over Huggins was the first to go for 33 stumped off the bowling of Green as he overstretched. Riches and Chana continued to move the score along with some classy stroke play from Chana supported by brutal aggression from Riches. Disaster struck in the 27th over though as Riches was bowled for 22 by Kumar and was then quickly followed by Malik for 2 to leave the score at 125 for 3. Mark Huggins was the next in and was quickly into his stride as Windsor continued their pursuit. Chana was the next to go adjudged LBW for 75 off the bowling of Kumar.

Huggins was then joined by Millman and together they continued with some good stroke play as Windsor looked as if they would get themselves in a position to have a real go at the Hayes total. However, Huggins fell for 33 bowled by Wayland and Millman followed closely for 23 caught and bowled by Green to leave Windsor 206-6 at the end of the 40th over. With Hartridge and Du Preez at the crease Windsor were still in with a shout. Hartridge perished though for a quick fire 18 caught and bowled by Green and Windsor decided to call off the chase with the score at 221 for 7 at the end of the 42nd over with no further bonus points to be claimed and not wanting to give Hayes the win. Du Preez and Hill comfortably batted out time as the Windsor innings finished on 251-7 at the end of the 48th over. Du Preez finishing 13 not out and Hill 18 not out.

A draw was a fair result with Hayes taking 13 points to Windsor’s 9. The batsman gave a good account of themselves, however, they were left with a little too much to do after a ragged bowling and fielding performance in which 34 extras were conceded. With Windsor travelling to second placed OMT next week the bowlers will need to rediscover their discipline if Windsor are to compete and with any one down to 6th place still in a position to push for promotion every game now becomes a big game if Windsor want to maintain their position at the top of the tree.

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