Hard Work all round.
Windsor 153-4 Dec. (45 Overs) – Huggins 83*
Enfield 156-3 (2 Overs Remaining) Pitt 3/26
It was hard work for both Players and Spectators at the Home Park on Saturday as the 2nd XI season got underway at home to Enfield. Due to damage that has been sustained to the first XI outfield by the Royal Wedding the game had to be moved onto the 3rd XI square and a very green damp track set the tone that runs would be hard to come by especially with coupled with a lush green outfield.
Playing a timed game Windsors start was steady with Paul Huggins looking in good form hitting an early six over long on against a steady and accurate Enfield attack. However, the introduction of Enfields spinners really turned the screw on Windsor and with no pace on the ball the runs dried up. With wickets in hand they needed to accelerate the scoring but only succeeded in losing wickets with firstly Rob Noble departing for 33, Brian Davis after a cameo 15, and Ryan Doye and Tom Bullock both going cheaply. Huggins was left to do the bulk of the run scoring with the help of Richard Charters but when the declaration came on 45 overs, it seemed Windsor were some way shy of setting a competitive target.
Windsor replied with experienced seamer Chris Edge and upcoming colt Nick Cornish and both were initially economical with the pitch offering up some help for both bowlers if they got the ball in the right areas. However, it wasn’t until the introduction of Dahron Pitt who took 2 quick wickets to get Windsor into the game and with 20 overs to go whilst it was unlikely that Windsor would claim 8 wickets Enfield required 4.5 runs per over to get a result. Windsor tinkered with their bowling giving spells to newcomer Australian newcomer Stephen Eggenhuizen, Andy Wigley and Richard Charters although the only further success would come from Dahron Pitt who claimed his 3rd wicket as Enfield got home with 2 overs to spare.
Windsor start their League season next weekend with a home Fixture against Amersham, starting at the Home Park at 1.30pm.