FUN IN THE SUN
OMT 202-6 (Petterson 72)
WINDSOR 204-5 (Huggins 63)
Windsor maintained their 100% start to the season after a well earned win at OMT last Saturday. Making it’s first real appearance of the season, the sun shone down at OMT’s picturesque Croxley Green ground for the start of the OMT innings. Openers Edge and O’Shaunnesy bowled well and a wicket in the opening over from O’Shaunnesy put the breaks on the OMT innings. So much so that by the 22 over mark OMT had limped to an excruciating 48-2. However, as the sun beat down the pitch began to flatten out and the bowlers began to tire. Michael Gould bowled well without any luck and then Windsor were denied when what seemed like a clear edge when Petterson was adjudged not out off the accurate bowling of Endacott. Salt was further rubbed into the wounds as Petterson rode his luck further to reach 72 and set up some big hitting for the OMT lower order. The return of Edge and O’Shannesy brought the fall of a few more wickets but in the final over OMT reached the 200 target to finish on 202-6.
The opening batting of Davis and Huggins had so far proved to be a revelation this season with opening stands of 96, 85 and 66 already this season and the pair again failed to disappoint. This time Huggins dropped the anchor and Davis made the running, playing elegantly all over the wicket. With the score on 68 and with Davis set on 46 he played one shot too many and gave a catch to mid-wicket to give OMT hope. The old adage of 1 wicket bringing 2 was compounded in this case by 1 bringing 3 as Wing departed to a calamitous run out and Gould being dismissed cheaply. However, after his half century last week Richard Charters continued his good run of form and together with the watchful Huggins, began to rebuild the Windsor innings. By the time Charters was out for 44 Windsor required 48 from the remaining 10 overs. Tim Smith however, didn’t intend to use the full 10 overs as he cut, drove and sometimes edged a succession of boundaries including a mammoth six over long on to get Windsor to the target with 3 overs to spare. Next week comes the visit of Eversley 1st XI in a match which will provide a pointer to who the front runners in division 4 will be this year.