Too little too late
Windsor 212 for 7 (52 Overs) (Davis 64, Chorley 47)
Chiswick & Latymer 213 for 5 (44.2 Overs) (Williams 76*, Vanderburg 64)
After running out of gas on the previous weeks run chase, Windsor won the toss and chose to bat on what looked to be another good Home Park wicket.
With a fair amount of humidity in the air, the Chiswick bowlers found exaggerated movement in the form of swing and seam with the new ball. Windsor found themselves 18 for 2, after losing Towse lbw to leg cutter and Millman, caught and bowled to one the straightened. This brought Davis to the crease to join Bird and together they began to rebuild the innings. The regular openers, separated due to unforeseen logistics problem, found the going tough with the new ball still moving, but were very severe on anything over-pitched and punished accordingly. Bird unfortunately paid the price for one drive too many and holed out at mid-off for 18. Chorley then joined Davis and together they set about forging a partnership. Davis passed fifty for the first time this season with a characteristic cover drive. However, a sharp caught and bowled saw avis depart for 64, bringing Watkins to the crease at 122 for 4. A mix-up between Chorley and Watkins, saw the former run-out for 47, three short of a deserved half-century. Some lusty blows from Watkins, along with the precise approach of Mohindru, saw Windsor pass 200 and set Chiswick a competitive 212 to chase.
Unfortunately for Windsor, the Chiswick openers found conditions a lot easier than were experienced earlier in the day and their chase for the target started with aplomb. A dropped chance at slip exacerbated Windsor’s woes as they struggled to break through in easier, less humid batting conditions. Nichols and Cornish bowled well and passed the edge on numerous occasions without any joy. Both Chiswick openers settled into their innings and passed 50. It was the introduction of Watkins that finally broke the partnership, as Vanderburg was caught and bowled for 64. Whilst never looking comfortable, left-hander Freidrich continued the assault as Chiswick looked to be coasting to victory. Yet, a late flurry of wickets saw both he and the two century makers from the previous week, the Bhatia brothers, fall cheaply and a short-lived panic set the Chiswick dressing room. Sadly for the home side, it was a case of too little, too late and Chiswick passed the score with over 3 overs remaining, Windsor losing by 5 wickets. In the end, the target was just not challenging enough. Windsor were awarded 12 points for the day.
This week, Windsor travel to Finchampstead to play their second team. With a great batting deck expected, pressure is on to score big.