Run Fest leaves Windsor Feeling Empty.
After being asked to bat first on a scorcher at home park, Windsor amassed an impressive 246 – 7 against Marlow on Saturday. In a run packed afternoon however, this was not enough as Marlow scraped home with an over to spare and 4 wickets in hand. Bird and Chorley got Windsor off to a solid start before Bird nicked one behind attempting an ambitious back foot wipe. Joel followed hitting carelessly skywards off the front foot, before Greene and Chorley consolidated, taking the score up to 100 – 3.
With a solid platform, the removal of Chorley, playing down the Piccadilly line to a straight one, only brought the swashbuckling Hollywood Huggins to the wicket who began with a few lusty blows. However, the strapping right hander was soon dismissed aiming one too many over the sight screens. Thompson set about the Marlow attack with gusto, playing shots all round the wicket and will be disappointed not to have notched his 1st division one 50. Aussie new boy Greene made a stylish 51 before he and Thompson both fell approaching the final assault. Skipper Watkins and veteran Spence then applied the final acceleration, finishing with some hammer blows to give Windsor and impressive 246 – 7.
In reply Marlow set off like a runaway train, taking 40 off the first 6 overs from Spence and Mohindru. Paskin and Gidman took a liking to the home park track and with some aggressive stroke play Windsor skipper Watkins was soon looking around the field for options with the ball. New ball boys Huggins and Griffiths were not spared the onslaught, with the lanky Griffiths in particular taking some frightful stick. The introduction of Watkins slowed the scoring, but by now Windsor were well and truly on the back foot.
Both openers fell to Watkins applying some much needed consitency of line and length, and as Spence took over he removed Fisher and Peacock, the latter due to a fine piece of glove work from Clifford. Even with a smart run out by Watkins, it was too little too late as South African Kleusch continued putting the bad ball away. Huggins and Spence gave it everything in one final effort from Windsor to steal the game back, but the visitors eventually got home with an over to spare.
With a week off next week due to Hounslow folding, Windsor will be wondering how they allowed this one to get away. The answer however is simple. In division one cricket, you bowl poorly to good players and you get punished.
A Chorley Bowled Disckenson 47
C Bird Ct Fisher Bd Baig 17
M Joel Ct Fisher Bd Baig 0
M Huggins Ct Baig Bd Dickenson 15
M Greene Ct & Bd Kreusch 51
P Thompson Ct Stone Bd Baig 47
D Watkins Ct Stone Bd Baig 25
W Spence Bowled Kreusch 11
B Clifford n/o 3
A Paskins Ct Greene Bd Watkins 58
G Gidman Ct Greene Bd Watkins 77
Keeusch n/o 67
Fisher Ct Thompson Bd Spence 23
S Trotter R/O 2
T Dickenson St Clifford Bd Spence 2
W. Spence 10.2.36.2
R. Mohindru 184.108.40.206
M Huggins 220.127.116.11
W Griffiths 18.104.22.168
D Watkins 22.214.171.124