Windsor 4th XI vs NPL Teddington 4th XI – 2nd August 2003
Windsor 4th XI 225 for 8 (50 overs) S. Martin 79, T. Houghton 43 not out.
NPL Teddington 4th XI 107 all out (43.2 overs) A. Khanna 4-22.
Winning the toss, NPL put Windsor put in on a green, damp Windsor track, with the hot sun on their backs. NPL were soon rueing that decision, with reliable opening bats of Martin & Bullock putting on a stand of 87. The usual Windsor collapse followed, leaving the home side 157 for 8, with a total of 175 looking likely. Bowlers Houghton & Singh had other ideas, hitting the ball to all parts, reaching a Windsor 4th XI record 9th wicket partnership of 68, before declaring on 225.
The big hitting at the end of the Windsor innings gave Windsor captain Light those extra runs to play with, but these were not required as the opening bowling attack of Singh & Martin made sure NPL didn’t get off to a flyer, leaving the batting side struggling on 18 for 0, after 12 overs. With the required rate rising, 15 year old, off spinner Ashwin Khanna was brought into the attack with immediate affect, taking 4 quick wickets leaving NPL realing. Lewis, Light & Singh joined in the fun leaving the visitors 8 down with only 50 runs on the board. The NPL 9th wicket pair then dug in putting on a 50 partnership, until a comical run out gave Windsor the chance they needed to finish things off. Houghton, on a high after his excellent knock, took the ball and clean bowled the NPL number 11 to leave Windsor with the 25 points and still in with a sniff of promotion out of Division 7B.