Windsor vs High Wycombe
Windsor were asked to chase on a dust bowl at Home Park and were again caught short in the batting department. Windsor began with plenty of control as a rejuvinated Huggins and experienced Thompson kept the Wycombe openers to under 2 and over for the first 15. Huggins bowled with fire and agression, but without luck, whilst at the other end, Thompson was consistently bending it in to both batsmen. Watkins took a smart catch at slip to send Bird on his way for 21, as Windor finally made the breakthrough on 71. From there however, the fielding fell away, and despite plenty of chances being offered, the Windsor outfielders just couldn’t take their catches. Mohindru bowled with his usual control and took a couple of wickets to slow the Wycombe acceleration, but with wickets in hand and shoddy outfielding, Windsor were unable to stop Wycome making a formidable total on a crumbling deck. Thompson returned well and Spence bowled without luck but Windsor ended up chasing 40 more than they should have on a difficult wicket.
In reply things couln’t have gone much worse for the Home Park outfit. Newly promoted Huggins and former 2nd team stallwart Noble were both dismissed without troubling the scorer. Former skipper Chorley soon followed, and it was left to the birthday boy Michael Gould to show the more senior batsmen how to get hold of an attack. With a flourish of lofted drives and agressive pull shots, he signle handedly recovered the situation, taking Windsor up to 100 for 3 with only 17 overs gone. He looks a fine prospect Gould and with better shot selection has the ability to take better attacks apart than this. Davies provided useful foil until he was unluckily given out LBW to one angling to leg. Thompson was trapped at the crease, and it was again looking ominous for Windsor as Gould was taken trying to pull another short delivery for four. Watkins led a lower order resistance, hitting 40 off only 30 balls taking Windsor within 40 of a victory. When he fell to a ball that spat from a length, the story was becoming all too familiar. Mohindru and Spence battled well, but the game was lost much earlier in the innings.
Windsor need to re-group and the challenge doesn’t get much tougher than a home tie against league leaders N Maidenhead on Saturday.