Windsor breeze past Finchampstead
Finchampstead 119 All-Out, 38.4 Overs (Nichols 7 for 43)
Windsor 120 for 1, 22 Overs (Davis 61*, Millman 43*)
A much-changed Windsor 1st team travelled over to Finchampstead on Saturday in search of their first league win of the season. With key batsmen Bird and Towse unavailable, Windsor won the toss and bowled first, looking to attack from the off.
Early wickets were provided by Windsor opening bowlers Nichols and Hill, as both managed to get the Finch openers to falsely hook down fine-leg’s throat. A further wicket from Hill via an in swinging delivery saw Finchampstead reduced to 21 for 3. Then Nichols stepped up a gear and began a very hostile spell of bowling. Combining swing bowling with some vicious bouncers, Nichols began to tear through the middle-order. He removed key man, Gary Loveday, with the ball of season to date, a big in-swinger that tore out the batsman middle-stump. Ably supported by Hill, Cornish and Watkins at the other end, Nichols cleaned up the home sides tail and despite a slight wag, Finchampstead were all out for 119. Nichols finished with 7 for 43 off 20 overs, easily the best bowling performance by a Windsor CC 1st XI bowler in many years. Added to this was Deri Watkins, who picked up three catches at slip off Nichols’ bowling.
After a fine tea, Windsor went out to begin the run chase. With the ball moving in the air and off the seam, the Windsor openers Chorley and Davis set off in a positive mode. The score had reached 28 when Chorley gloved a rising ball to the keeper and Windsor lost their first wicket. With Finch starting to become more vocal, Millman joined Davis and saw out the remains of a tricky over. Both then looked to attack and chase down the low total quickly, with Davis was particularly harsh on any width outside off. As Millman began to time the ball better the run-rate began to escalate. Davis passed his second consecutive fifty in the 19th over with another drive through the offside. Millman then cut loose and hit six fours in twelve balls as Windsor speed towards the target. A final push through the offside by Millman saw Windsor home to victory by 9 wickets. Davis finished on 61 not out and Millman finished with 43 not out.
A tricky target was made to look easy and Windsor will take great confidence from the result going into the next match. With Bird and Towse back, the selectors face a tough time picking the team as Bagshot travel to Home Park this coming Saturday.