Windsor vs Perivale – Monday 29th May
Perivale 163 all out 35.1 overs
Windsor 164 for 4 29 overs (Davis 51*, Smith 27)
With sunshine and showers forecast, a sudden hail-storm prior to the start of the game and a missing groundsman, the Bank Holiday Monday fixture with Perivale was eventful even before it begun. After yet more heavy overnight rain, Windsor were again forced onto the nursery square and were, upon losing the toss, asked to bowl first on a drying wicket.
Perivale got off to a good start despite good bowling from Kemp and Holmes, putting away anything short with precision pull-shots. Kemp, did though manage to remove two wickets at the end of his spell, which help arrest the run rate. The introduction of the two left-armers Condon and Lines, further abaited the scoring, with Lines picking two wickets via a stumping by Davis and a well-judged catch by Kemp. Again though, Perivale looked to attack and managed to get the run rate up above five once again. Costly drops denied Kellard and Lines wickets, but the introduction of the experienced hands in Granger and Mohindru really put the shackles on Perivale via a brace of wickets (including two fine catches from Holmes and Lines). Wickets continued to fall to the re-introduced Kellard and Lines and with a calamitous final run out, Perivale closed their innings on 163 all out with five overs still to spare. This was a fine fight-back by the young Windsor side.
Windsor’s inning got off to a brisk start as Abe Smith played some flowing drives through the off side to see Windsor speed off to 40 after the first 8 overs. As with Perivale’s innings, a sudden brace of wickets saw Smith (27) fall via a leading edge and Granger trapped lbw for no score. With Noble (9) also falling within a few overs, Windsor were suddenly 51 for 3 after 12 overs. Davis then joined Hartridge and together they began to play Windsor out of trouble. Some lusty blows from the skipper and some deft drives from young Hartridge took the score past hundred with still some 20 overs to go. A rush of blood to the head saw Hartridge fall to some fine fielding by the Perivale skipper and was run out for 25. Davis continued to attack and with the injured Mohindru (batting with a runner) nurdling the ball around for singles, the chase continued at a rate. Davis finally reached his first fifty of the season with a fine glance for a single. Mohindru then ran the ball down for the winning runs and Windsor won by 6 wickets and many overs to spare.