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Windsor 4XI (15) vs Eversley 3XI (6) 12/05/07

Windsor 4XI – 232 for 7 (52 Overs)
S. Martin 93
M .Murray 86
Hammond 5-35

Eversley 3XI – 169 for 9 (48 Overs)

After losing the toss Windsor were inserted on a damp wicket looking to get the season off to a solid start. Following 2 uneventful overs there was a 10 minute break for rain, before they could get back to job of setting a total. It wasn’t long though until Ashraf went for 11, to the impressive Guy, which brought the 4XI veteran Martin to the crease to join the stubborn Care. Both were kept at bay by the tight bowling, until Care slashed at a wide one and was caught in the gully, bringing Murray to the middle. At 68 for 2 at drinks, the innings looked in the balance, but it wasn’t long until the two Aussie born batsman cut loose, putting on 164 for the 3rd wicket, giving the onlookers from the Horse Show some entertainment, as the ball traveled over into the car park several times! A typical 4XI collapse at the end of the innings, didn’t spoil the Windsor mood at tea, although it did give Eversley’s Hammond an impressive 5 wicket haul.

Looking to chase the rather formidable total, Eversley seemed to start their innings as Windsor had finished theirs. Excellent bowling from the opening pair Lewis (2-36) & Bristow (1-24) got the visitors in trouble straight away, leaving them 40-4 following a comical run out. As is common in this position when chasing a decent total, the batting side then looked to survive the remaining overs. The ever youthful Endacott kept the game interest with some excellent seam bowling. His figures of 3-36 did not reflect his tireless effort, as several catches were dropped in the field. With skipper Light rotating his bowlers Windsor were still in the hunt for victory with the batting side at 110 for 7, but a 8th wicket stand of 50 between the bowling hero Hammond and Aspinall effectively killed the game off. A wicket from the final ball from Endacott gave Windsor little satisfaction as this was more 10 points lost, than 15 gained.

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