Sunday 25th April Windsor vs. Bracknell.
After finally winning a toss, Windsor captain Brian Davis took advantage of fine conditions and decided to bat first against the visiting Bracknell. The decision seemed more than frugal when both Andy Chorley and Justin Granger took to the Bracknell opening attack with some delight. Despite losing Granger to an expansive pull, Windsor maintained a run rate of around six an over and had strong foundations for the innings.
As with many early season innings though, batsmen tended to get themselves in without going on to gain scores that they deserved. With Davis, Smith and Matthews all guilty of this. After losing Chorley for a fine 66 and with Kirkby (2-15) and Hiscoe (2-32) bowling good middle overs for Bracknell, Windsor’s innings somewhat spluttered. However, another fine knock from Gould (58) guided the Windsor innings to a deserved total of 204 at the half way point.
Bracknell’s reply was steady if not spectacular. A fine opening spell from Griffiths (8-2-13-2) kept one end tight, and forced the Bracknell batsmen to attack at the other. Heyes and Kamran being the pick of the top order with 43 and 31 respectively. The double introduction of Granger (3-37) and Bradbury (2-28) saw steady bowling consistantly taking wickets whilst the opposition saw the required rate grow. With their overs complete it was left to Condon (0-42) and Endacott (2-50) to halt the Bracknell charge further. With the loss of Hiscoe for a hard hitting 45, Windsor won by 18 runs.
Two strong results for the first team this weekend. With more players returning this coming weekend and the Saturday league starting the following week. competition for places is strong and the weekend’s fixtures look to be keenly anticipated. Saturday sees the 1st and 2nd teams against Chalfont St Peter, with Sunday against Hanwell. The Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Wembley will be the last chance to impress before the serious business of league cricket begins.