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2nd XI Saturday

Windsor 2’s start season with a win

By April 22, 2009January 13th, 2012No Comments

Egham 2 140 for 10 off 50 Overs
Windsor 2 144 for 4 off 46.1 Overs (Huggins 52*)

In the first game under the new captaincy of Brian Davis, Windsor 2nd XI entertained Egham at The Home Park. On what proved to be a slow, low and wet track; Davis was pleased to win the toss and insert the opposition. In an attempt to ensure as many club members got a game as possible, the match was played as 12-a-side.

Windsor opening bowlers Edge and Lewis bowled excellent tight lines and restricted the visitors to just 14 off the first 10 overs, both of them taking a wicket each in the early overs. Jones and Hill then took on the mantra and kept things very tight, with the scoring rate hardly breaking 1.5 per over in the first 25 overs. Egham captain Reid and his left-handed partner managed to steady the ship and increase the scoring rate and began to look towards building a score, until both were dismissed in the space of two overs by Davis and Hill. Boundaries continued to be hard to come by and with the introduction of Alam’s off-spin wickets began to fall regularly once again. Egham finally managed to reach 140 off their 50 overs, with all bowlers picking up a wicket and Alam and Edge picking 3 each.

In reply, Windsor got off to relative flyer, but lost two key wickets to typical early season shots. Huggins and Rich Noble settled the ship down, but the scoring rate was always slow and pressure was building on them. When Rich Noble fell, Windsor was still short of half way and with less than half the overs remaining. Rob Noble joined Huggins and both dug in for a long effort. Egham used their slow bowlers well and were able to keep the rate very low. Noble showed some good signs of aggression, but boundaries were scarce and Windsor entered the last 10 overs needing 40 runs to win. Two quick wickets (Rob Noble and Care) saw Davis come to the crease. He immediately looked to push the field back and with 12 taken from the 46th over, Windsor found themselves with 1 to win off 4 overs. Huggins duly hit the winning 4, bringing up his 50 in the process.

A good win to start the season, but it did highlight the need to be able to adapt the batting to the conditions. On a slow wicket, Windsor found itself looking for the big shot rather than plundering singles that were available. But with two more games before the start of the league season, there is time to develop this side of the game.

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