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Wet wicket leaves Windsor wondering what might have been

Courtesy of www.thisiswindsor.com

LOSING the toss on a damp wicket was perhaps the cause for Windsor’s first defeat since their promotion to division one on Saturday according to skipper Deri Watkins.

The first eleven were bowled out for a paltry 73 against North Maidenhead, but in turn they could only muster 75-6.

Watkins said: “I know we had a lot of rain over the last two weeks but we turned up at North Maidenhead and it was a very damp wicket – to the point of being wet.

“The game saw a total of 146 runs for 16 wickets and I think that tells the whole story.”

Windsor lost the toss and were put into bat first. The Windsor skipper does not believe the match should have been cancelled.

Watkins said: “We had to play the game, but three or four of our players were hit on the hands and the elbow. It was a bit dangerous and a bit lively early on. It certainly favoured the bowler.”

He added: “North Maidenhead have a South African player called Du Plessis and he put on a score of 24 or 25 out of their 75 total. If he hadn’t scored that we could have beaten them.”

Du Plessis also took 7-45. But Watkins was not too bitter.

He said: “We both played on the same wicket and they won the game so hats off to them. There is not a lot you can do about it.”

Next up for Windsor is Marlow Park at Home Park.

Marlow Park has lost their opening two games of the season and Watkins is looking to add to their misery. He is hoping to win the toss and post a high score.

He said: “I went down to Home Park the other day and the wicket is rock hard, it’s batting very well indeed.

“So far we are competing very well in the division; Mark Huggins is at the top of his game and so is Wayne Spence. So on Saturday we will be looking to get in their first and start hitting big.”

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