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THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE DIVISION 5A



OMT 3RDXI

VS

WINDSOR 3RDXI

SATURDAY MAY 17TH

WINDSOR 3RDXL: 123 – 3

KEVIN CLIFFORD 57 NOT OUT

MATCH ABANDONED AS A DRAW.

‘A QUINTESSENTIAL ENGLISH DAY’

On a dank, dark day in the medieval setting of Durants, OMT &

Windsor underlined the optimistic nature of cricketers in England. Despite

persistent rain all day on Friday and the forecast of a torrential downpour

on Saturday afternoon, 22 cricketers arrived at the ground, donned their

whites and prepared to compete in the full knowledge that a positive result

was as remote as Donald Rumsfeld converting to Islam. It would appear that

mad dogs & Englishmen do not only go out in the mid-day sun.

The skippers looked at the wicket…”mmmm, a bit wet.”, they tossed the

coin…’Splat’, we’ll bowl first rejoiced the OMT skipper as Windsor were

duly inserted onto a wicket that resembled Stamford Bridge in February.

Windsor made a slippery start, slithering to 15 – 2. Kevin Clifford

& Tom Bullock set about inserting some foundations to the Windsor innings

and the score progressed to 43 before Bullock (17) was dismissed by a

stunning catch at slip. Robert Dawson joined Clifford at the wicket and

they started to build upon the foundations, run by run, flick by flick,

boundary upon boundary.

OMT rotated their bowlers cleverly, but the two batsmen were firmly set and

they continued to accumulate runs without any further subsidence. As the

storm clouds circled the ground, Clifford swept Taylor to the square led

boundary, Dawson drove Taylor to the square leg boundary as Windsor

attempted to finish their innings with a flourish.

Unfortunately the only flood came from above, as the heavens opened and the

match was declared a wash-out and abandoned as a draw, with Windsor

interestingly poised on 123 -3. Clifford (57*) hit a second consecutive

half century and Dawson was unbeaten on 30.

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