Saturday 17th April 2010
Windsor 3 vs Richmond 3’s
Richmond 114 all out. Windsor 115-1.
Windsor won by 9 wickets
Windsor 3’s got their season off to an excellent start with an assured nine wicket victory against Richmond, in a game where Windsor impressed in all departments. New captain Paul Huggins could not have wished for a better start ,as Dean Bean knocked back Richmonds opening batsman’s leg stump first ball of the match, with a superb off cutter. It got even better as Bean then struck 4th ball with another superb swinging delivery to leave Richmond shell shocked on 0-2 off the first over.
Windsor never really lost their grip from this point and young seamers Ryan Lewin and Rhys Bryant both bowled well to pick up 2 wickets each. Oliver Jordan and Rashid Awan also impressed and Richmonds 114 all out seemed well short of a competitive total.
In reply, Ben Lickley opened with seasoned campaigner Robert Noble, and Lickley, showing a tighter technique than in previous seasons,got Wiondsor going with some fine drives. Noble at the other end was content to play the anchor role, and when Lickley was bowled by Richmonds young leg spinner for 24, Windsor were 46-1. That was the visitors sole success, as skipper Paul Huggins and Noble then knocked off the 115 needed without alarm. Huggins was quick to latch on to anything loose to finish 41 not out, while Noble looked as though he hadn’t had a winter break with a typically stoical 35 not out, as Windsor completed a fine first game.