Saturday 8th May 2010
TVL 6B Windsor 3 vs Farnham Common 2
Farnham Common 2 135 all out, lost to Windsor 138-3 by 7 wickets
On the coldest day cricket has been played at Home Park for as long as anyone could remember, Windsor started their league campaign well with a chill induced 20 points against near neighbours Farnham Common 2’s.
On a bleak day, made worse by an arctic wind, Windsor won the toss and bowled first and were quickly rewarded when Dean Bean trapped Common’s opener in the 3rd over. Windsor had to wait until the halfway point however for the next wicket, as the visitors played cautious cricket against a disciplined attack. After 27 overs, with the score having crept up to 72-1, Sam Condon finally broke the shutters and the innings rapidly declined for Farnham Common. Bowling with genuine zip, Condon never let the batsmen settle, and with Rashid Awan swinging the ball at the other end, wickets started to fall. Condon finished with 4 good wickets while Rashid Awan was rewarded for his testing length to pick up 5-50, showing what a useful aquisition he could be. Farnham Common’s 135 all out looked well short of par, but Windsor still had to get the runs.
Robert Noble and Sam Jordan opened up for Windsor, and quickly vindicated skipper Paul Huggin’s decision for having openers with contrasting styles, as Jordan quickly latched on to anything loose, while Noble worked the ball around in his typically unflustered style. Windsor had moved the score on to 74 in good time before a burst from seamer Brown accounted for Noble (26) and Jordan ( 43). Brown also then removed Huggins caught at slip for 11, but any potential threat was calmly dealt with by Kevin Condon who looked assured at no.4. With victory in sight, Condon and Richard Noble eased Windsor home. Condon had moved to 30 not out, and with Windsor requiring just 1 run, Richard Noble swept to the square leg boundary to give give Windsor a winning start