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2nd XI Saturday

Windsor stumbles to defeat in crucial match

By August 26, 2009January 13th, 2012No Comments

Amersham 2’s 254 for 6 off 50 Overs (Colquohoun 86, D Ward 58*)
Windsor 2’s 150 All Out off 47.1 Overs (K Condon 54)

After a busy day of 6-a-side chaos the day before, Windsor made the trek into the Chilterns to play their vital TVCL Division 4A game against Amersham 2’s knowing that a win would put them very much in contention. After the losing toss, Windsor 2’s was asked to field first on what looked to be a great batting wicket.

Windsor’s opening attack of Greene and Lazaczuk started well and maintained a good line and length putting Amersham at 30 for 2 off 12 overs, with the former taking both wickets. This however, only brought arguably the best batsman in the division to the wicket in the form of Colquohoun. Whilst his partner at the other struggled to score, Colquohoun began to build a strong innings and was severe on anything loose. Windsor toiled without success and even the introduction of Kellard and Condon could not abate the scoring. When he was finally out to Greene for 86 (with Amersham on 136 for 4 at the time), the innings was well set. Relief at removing the best batsmen sound turned to frustration as Windsor could not stem the runs on a flat pitch, with Ward scoring a fifty that combined early patience with lusty hitting. A poor last ten overs saw Amersham post an imposing 254 for 6 off 50 overs.

The old ball and a pair of spinners confronted the Windsor openers and it was to prove to be crucial as Nair, Chana and Lines all departed cheaply, bringing skipper Davis to the crease with the score at 4 for 3. Sustained resistance and some counter-attacking saw Davis and No. 3 put on 50 for the 4th wicket, but the skipper fell to a loose shot outside off. Kevin Condon entered the fray and showed the undoubted talent that he has plundering a fine 52, creating partnerships with No. 3 and Lazaczuk on the way. Sadly the early loss of wickets meant Windsor were always on the back foot and after the elder Condon departed, Windsor were batting for a draw, As often happens in these circumstances, a crazy run out saw Kellard depart. The final wicket of Greene saw Windsor stumble to a 104 run loss that greatly affects their promotion chances.

On the whole it was a disappointing performance for Windsor, but one that must be seen as a learning curve. In a side made up of 5 Under-21’s, learning to play league cricket against an experienced opposition such as this can only help the team and hopefully iron out the inconsistencies that have plagued the season. With the league leaders visiting Home Park on Saturday, Windsor must win in order to have any hope of promotion going into the final game of the season.

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