The stage was set for a tense final game of the league with both Windsor and Burnham vying for championship glory. Windsor won an important toss, putting a very strong Burnham team into the field to enjoy the last of the summer sun. Thankfully with Chambers finding his way to the ground via Portsmouth, Windsor had a full team!
The Windsor openers got off to a flying start, scoring 21 from the first 3 overs before Vishal top edged to fine leg. This brought young Will Harris to the crease, making his debut Sunday league appearance. Immediately settling to the task, Will began to build a partnership of 81 with Kris Baumgartner before falling to the old fox, Mohindru. Having scored 54 from 59 balls, Baumgartner was the next to fall to Mohindru, with the score on 105. The middle order offered little resistance, struggling against the class of Aftab Khan. Kurth (38) and Jordan (11) however showed real grit, plundering a quick 50 to take Windsor to a defendable total of 186. Shot of the match went to Ollie Jordan who slog swept Mohindru in the last over for 6, much to his annoyance.
Peacock and Chambers put the Burnham openers on the back foot with a fast and hostile opening spell. Ironically, the first wicket fell, not to the fast bowlers but to a spectacular piece of fielding by wicket-keeper, Martin Care, who ran out Asif in the 4th over with a direct hit. This bought the Burnham 1st team captain to the crease who looked dangerous before again falling to the lightning fast wicket-keeper off the bowling of Kurth. Kurth also proved to be the nemesis of Burnham overseas player, Aftab Kahn, who smashed a ball to Michael Chambers at cover who took the catch of the year that brought the crowd and the scorer to its feet.
Rocking on 6 for 94, the young Rizzy Nadeem, another Burnham 1st teamer helped bring Burnham back into the game with a fast paced 40. Needing only 20 runs from 18 balls, Burnham looked to have the game in the bag however an inspirational bowling change brought Peacock back into the attack and Nadeem found his off stump cart wheeling. The Burnham captain tried to drag his team over the line but for the third time in the row fell to Peacock proving to be his bunny!
Congratulations boys on a great league win. It’s been a pleasure to captain such an enthusiastic and reliable team whose average age has rarely exceeded 22 (even with Dad’s 48 years boosting the average!). Your support in my first year as captain has been appreciated and hope you’ve enjoyed the season as much as I have. GLORY!
K. Baumgarter 54 (59 balls)
A. Kurth 38* (37 balls)
W.Harris 36 (76 balls)
A.Kurth 4-37 (8 overs)
M.Peacock 2-35 (7.4 overs)
C.Kellard 1-44 (8 overs)