Windsor seamers cut Taplow order open
Sunday 30th Windsor 1st XI vs. Taplow 1st XI (MASL)
Taplow 117 All Out 25 Overs (Granger 4-51, Griffiths 3-18)
Windsor 119 for 4 20 Overs (Gould 48*, Granger 30)
It was a wet Sunday that saw Windsor Sunday 1st XI play their first game in this year’s Maidenhead and Advertiser Sunday League away at Taplow. Upon losing the toss, the Windsor side, were somewhat surprisingly put in the field on a green pitch in damp overcast conditions.
The South African duo of Pitt and Granger opened the bowling for Windsor and immediately found movement off the pitch. Some strong early hitting by Dunlop (20) saw the Taplow innings start quickly. But the fire of Granger was to make the big impression early on. Ripping through the heart of the Taplow top order, Granger picked up 4 for 51 in a fine spell. As with most of the innings, the main run contribution against him being the extras conceded due to the exaggerated movement off the pitch. Endacott (1-30) and Griffiths (3 for 18) then joined the attack and managed to extract movement and bounce out of the pitch, causing more Taplow wickets to fall on regular occasions. With the re-introduction of Pitt (2 for 15), the Taplow innings ended at 117 all out. Then came the rain.
After an elongated tea interval due to the sudden rain shower, Windsor set out to try to achieve the target quickly in case of further interruptions. As such both Huggins and Davis fell early playing shots. It was left to Gould (48 not out) and Condon (12) to steady the ship and begin the run chase in earnest. Aided by a well-crafted 30 from Granger, Windsor was steered home by Vice-captain Gould and marathon man Wigley to a fine 6-wicket victory with 20 overs to spare.
With Burnham the opposition this Sunday, Windsor is certainly in for a test of their credentials. With a strong Windsor side keen to avenge losses in recent years, it provides to be an interesting contest.