Windsor 1st XI Start Season Strong.
Saturday 24th Windsor 1st XI vs. Egham 1st XI
Saturday saw the first competitive fixture for Windsor’s first eleven against local side Egham. With the visitors in a different Saturday league, it was a chance to measure up against what the Surrey championship has to offer. Furthermore, with a few regulars away, it was a chance to see the new talent, picked up in the off season, test their metal.
Upon being put into the field, new overseas player Justin Granger was given the new ball along with Warren Griffiths to see if they extract any early demons from the surface. Tight lines were maintained by both and it was Granger who removed the first wicket when the bat was beaten for pace, playing on trying to pull. Granger (3-22) further dented Eghams top order removing the Egham No. 3 and 4 in relatively quick succession. With Alex Hill (2-40) dipping in with a couple of wickets on debut, which included a spectacular diving catch from Granger, Windsor took a strong hold of Egham’s innings. Only the hard hitting of Reid (40) helped Egham to some safety. However they never managed to build momentum, with the spin bowling of Suhbarkar (3-23) and Mohindru (2-31) consistently slowing the run rate. Wickets fell regularly as Egham managed to reach 142 all out in 43 of their 45 overs.
Windsor’s reply saw a strong opening stand from Michael Gould and Rob Noble. The contrasting styles worked well together as the run rate was maintained at over four runs an over. The introduction of the left arm spin, Egham did manage to halt the scoring, removing both Noble for 28 and Gould (just falling short of a well-deserved half century) for 49. With sixteen year old debutante Harmeed Channa (12 not out) providing excellent support, some lusty hitting from skipper Davis (19) and Granger (26 not out) saw Windsor home for the loss of 4 wickets and having 10 overs to spare.