Spirit of Dunkirk
High Wycombe 282-5 (K Patten 70, D Watkins 63)
Reaching the halfway point of the season, Windsor entertained High Wycombe in a blistering day at the Home Park. After chatting with his side, captain Edge elected to bowl first, although almost immediately this looked like the wrong decision as High Wycombe got off to a flier. Although Edge was economical at one end, both he and O’Shannesy failed to make an initial break through and with a lightening fast outfield High Wycombe began to dominate. Attempting to take the pace from the ball, Windsor rotated their bowling with Kevin Condon’s off spin, and Rob Dawson’s slow-medium pace making a prolonged appearance. However, Windsor were never really in the hunt and a lack of discipline by the bowlers and fielders meant that High Wycombe could post an almost insurmountable 282-5 declared after 50 overs.
Windsor did however, initially go after the target although things started to go badly wrong when Paul Huggins was run out by his partner Brian Davis in the 8th over, and Davis himself fell the next over to a catch at point. Tom Bullock tried to stabilise the run chase but was adjudged caught off his glove when the bruise on his forearm later showed that the ball was some considerable distance away. From then on Windsor flattered to deceive. Tim Smith made some valuable runs together with Nigel Wing, however when both fell to the new ball, and Windsor continued to loose wickets, it looked like the game was up at 110-8 with 22 overs remaining. However with Rob Noble, batting at an uncharacteristic 8 and Chris Edge got together, they managed to stick together and cause a few headaches for the High Wycombe team. Recalling their opening bowlers they pounded all the could at the two batsmen, with Edge in particular taking some hefty blows to the body, but the pair stood firm and gradually started chipping away at the score, at the same time accumulating batting points. High Wycombe used an assortment of bowlers and it seemed they had given up hope of claiming 25 points when in the final over, Noble, looking to push the score past 200 and an extra batting point played onto his stumps to end a club record 9th wicket partnership with Edge. With 3 balls to go Kevin Condon managed to survive, and Windsor had escaped with a draw from a seemingly impossible position.