Windsor 1st XI Vs Enfield 1st XI
30th April 2005
Windsor 1st’s made the long journey around the M25 to Enfield to play what they hoped would be a very competitive game of cricket, and so finalize their preparations for the 1st league game.
This is exactly what they got!
The outfield was slightly damp as was the wicket but it was perfectly playable, the toss was won by Enfield who chose bat.
Windsor started well with Justin Granger and Warren Griffiths. The opening spell was tight from these two, with Griffiths picking up the 1st wicket. Granger bowled especially well but without any luck whatsoever. The bowling was changed with Alex Hill being brought on, but unfortunately he couldn’t get his length right and was hit out of the attack. Stuart Millman replaced him and bowled well for a few overs, but the runs kept coming. In fear of chasing a massive total, skipper Thompson brought on the experienced Mohindru and brought Granger on from the other end. What ensued here was an excellent spell from both bowlers with Granger bowling 19 overs in all in the innings. The bowling was backed up well by some very disciplined fielding. Enfield eventually managed to get to 200 before their overs ran out. Windsor was very happy with this as they thought at one point they would be chasing in excess of 250.
Windsor started their reply with Andy Towse and skipper Pete Thompson and as happened last week, Windsor got to a decent start, with these two putting 50 on in 14 overs. Eventually Thompson fell, which brought Mahmood Mirza to the crease. The flow of nice drives continued but the run rate started to creep up. In the search for quick runs, wickets fell. The game looked to be edging towards Enfield until Granger took centre stage, smashing a very quick 44, until unfortunately he was out to a good Yorker. Windsor didn’t stop there though, with a supportive 20 from Rick Baumgartner and some cavalier stroke-play from the remaining order. Unfortunately, Windsor just could not get the runs and fell 15 short with 8 wickets down.
Windsor was not too disappointed with their loss, as it was a great game of cricket, enjoyed by both teams.