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Workout shows encouraging signs

Windsor CC 189-7 (Gould 31, Wing 40, Charters 44)

Chalfont St Peter 112-8

Windsor 2nd will go into their league season unbeaten in pre-season friendlies after a comprehensive victory in a 40 over game against Chalfont St Peter. Inserted on a very damp track, Windsor knew that runs would be hard to come by. However, completely undaunted 16 year oldM ichael Gould set about the task with gusto, hitting 10 off the first two overs, to set Windsor off to a flier. With the watchful Rob Noble at the other end, the stage looked to be set until Gould was undone by the lack of pace in the wicket, top edging a ball to 1st slip. Noble departed soon afterc aught behind, but this brought the experienced Nigel Wing and Richard Charters to the crease and both worked singles and doubles almost at will,w hilst keeping a watchful eye on any balls misbehaving. With 10 overs to go the floodgates opened as Windsor accelerated the scoring. Richard Noble and Zishan Akbar sacrificed their wickets pushing the score along, but twos uperb cameo innings from Rob Dawson and Abdul Ashraf helped the score along to an impressive 189-7, which on the damp wicket would be an extremely difficult score to chase.

And so it proved for the Chalfont batsmen. Skipper Chris Edge opened the bowling with the rejuvenated Richard Endacott, and both were unlucky not to claimw ickets early on. Edge got the initial break through, trapping the openers LBW and sharp fielding by Ashraf and Endacott actioned a run out which effectively put the game out of Chalfont’s reach. From then on Edger otated the bowling with the wickets being shared amongst the seven bowlersu sed, with Akbar and Dawson using the conditions to their advantage well. Chalfont never looked like getting the target and in the end were content to limp to 112-8 off their 40 overs.

The real test now starts next week for Windsor 2nd XI as they face a difficult trip to High Wycombe 3rd XI, a side who completed a comprehensive ‘double’ over them last season and so they will be looking to avenge those results and get what looks to be a promising season off to a good start.

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