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Windsor Blaze in Sunday Sun

Sunday 23rd Windsor 1st XI vs. Aldershot 1st XI

After negotiating a new route to Windsor via Slough, Aldershot 1st XI were visitors to the Home Park ground, looking to navigate themselves to a win in the final week prior to the commencement of the Sunday league season. Upon winning the toss, Windsor took the opportunity to bat first and test out the long batting line-up.

Despite an initially wayward start, the Aldershot opening bowlers settled down and Ford picked up the early wicket of P. Huggins for 7. This brought in Granger, who was in no mood to hang around. Taking just 14 balls to get 37, Granger was suddenly stuck on the score and this led to him being caught off the leading edge at mid-on. With Noble holding court at one end, the Windsor middle-order again creaked and lost Wigley (14), M. Huggins (5) and Gould (7) in relatively quick succession leaving the innings at 137 for 6. This brought in Davis, who for the second week running, had to consolidate after the middle order collapse. With the loss of Noble for a solid 38, Pitt joined Davis at the crease. With shots blazing all over Home Park, the pair put on 67 in 70 balls to rejuvenate the Windsor effort. After Pitt fell for 23 and Davis for 53, it was left to Condon (13) and Griffiths (14 not out), to steer the Windsor innings home and re-write the coaching manuals in the process. Windsor finally closed on 231 all out of their 40 overs. Ford was the pick of the Aldershot bowlers with a fine 5 for 54.

With bellies full, Windsor began after tea with the pace and swing of Pitt and Condon complementing each other. Aldershot openers Fraser (17) and Gass (10) both worked hard for their runs, but with Condon drying up one end and another outstanding catch from Granger, Pitt’s inswing managed to pick them both up. Pitt finished with 2 for 24, and Condon was very economical with 0 for 14 off 6. A change in bowling to the spin and seam of Suhbarkar and Griffiths, further dented the Aldershot effort. Griffiths tore a hole in the visitors’ middle order, picking up 3 for 25. The Aldershot batsmen struggled with the Windsor attack, and only Anslow (26) managed to get into the twenties. With the Home Park pitch again spinning like a top, Windsor introduced the unorthodox spin of Rob Noble. Much to the delight of the Windsor balcony, Noble picked up 3 for 14, including being on a hat-trick at one stage. It was left to Granger and Mark Huggins to fight over the final wicket, with the latter taking it on his return to Windsor CC colours. Aldershot were finally bowled out for 146 and Windsor were victors by 85 runs.

Next week sees the start of the Maidenhead and Advertiser Sunday League with Windsor starting their challenge at Taplow.

Windsor

P Huggins Bowled Ford 7

RW Noble Ct. Anslow Ford 38

J Granger Ct. Anslow Ford 37

A Wigley Ct. Fraser Ford 15

M Huggins Ct. Gass Ford 5

M Gould Bowled Lamb 7

B Davis Bowled Hamed 53

D Pitt Ct Arthur Anslow 23

W Griffiths Not Out 14

K Condon Run Out 13

A Suhbarkar Bowled Hamed 0

Extras 19

Total 231 All Out

39.5 Overs

Anslow 11 1 69 1

Ford 13 1 54 5

Lamb 5 0 31 1

Abbas 4 0 26 0

Hamed 6.5 0 46 2

Aldershot

M Fraser Ct Granger Pitt 17

A Gass LBW Pitt 10

G Arthur Bowled Suhbarkar 18

A Taylor Bowled Griffiths 17

F Abbas Ct. M Huggins B.Griffiths 17

C Olley Ct. P Huggins B.Griffiths 0

D Anslow Ct Pitt B. Noble 26

J Arthur St Davis B. Noble 9

A Hamed Ct M Huggins B. Noble 5

J Lamb Ct Pitt B. M Huggins 6

J Ford Not Out 2

Extras 19

Total 146

Pitt 7 0 34 2

Condon 6 3 14 0

Griffiths 6 1 25 3

Suhbarkar 9 1 47 1

Noble 4 0 14 3

Granger 1 0 1 0

M Huggins 0.3 0 3 1

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