Windsor 1st vs Slough 1st
Sunday 15th May
Windsor took the honours in a keenly contested local derby at Home Park on Sunday, which again showed that competitive cricket on a Sunday can be achieved given the right teams.
On a pleasingly warm day and an equally pleasing decent wicket,Slough took first strike and Slough’s new overseas player was quickly in his stride, stroking openers Eggenhuizen and Pitt to the boundary with regularity.Pitt picked up the other opener for 11,but Slough were scoring at a decent rate and Windsor quickly realised that containment would be the best option, and this they did very well.Justin Granger decided to revert to bowling off cutters and picked up Sloughs overseas for 65, well caught in the deep by Eggenhuizen. Seamers Wigley and Griffiths both bowled intelligently to pick up a wicket each, as did veteran Gary Sangha, having Amin well stumped as Slough looked to press on,finally finishing on 224-5 of 40 overs.
Windsor felt that if they could bat well then victory could well be in their sights. A highly charged opening burst between Slough’s Bobby Amin and Justin Granger almost threatened to boil over, but it Windsor who came on top,putting on 61 for the first wicket, after Granger fell at the other end to Gumbs for a quickfire 39. After the previous days strokeplay, opener Paul Huggins decided to hold an end up as Michael Gould came in at 3 and produced some sparkling shots to put Windsor in the driving seat.Huggins fell at 100 mark for a dogged 19,and Windsor then lost Doye lbw, but Dahron Pitt joined Gould and together they looked see Windsor home. Gould finally fell to a mis timed pull for a superb 93, with just 7 needed. Pitt finally hit the winning runs to finish on 34 not out ,and Windsor had gained a most creditable victory by 5 wickets.