Bagshot escape from Windsor grasp.
Windsor 234 for 6; 52 Overs (Bird 61, Nicholls 52)
Bagshot 178 for 9; 48 Overs (Mohindru 5 for 46)
After the impressive win the previous week, Windsor returned to home action against Bagshot last weekend, looking for further success. Historically, Windsor versus Bagshot proved to be a very competitive rivalry and this game proved to be no exception.
Windsor skipper Bird won the toss and decided to bat. Davis and Huggins opened the innings and found conditions tough going early on with swing in the air and viewing difficult in the bright conditions. Huggins (6) was first to go, caught at slip and in the crease to a good length ball to the Bagshot opening bowler. Bird then joined Davis and the two continued to develop the Windsor innings. After successive boundaries, Davis (33) managed to find the backward point fielder with an ill-judged cut and Windsor were 2 down for 60. Millman joined Bird and showed good form before seeing his off-stump pegged back with a good out swinger by Maqbool. Bird went on to another fine fifty and in partnership with Bullock, managed to put Windsor into a strong position. Despite losing the skipper for 61, to a misjudged leave, Nichols and Bullock continued to pile on the runs through hard hitting and good running. When Bullock finally fell for 31, debutant Riches supported Nichols well as he passed his first league fifty for Windsor with a mighty array of sixes. Although Nichols fell late on in the pursuit of big runs, Windsor closed on 234 for 6 off their 52 overs, setting Bagshot a tough target.
As with other weeks, early wickets proved hard to come by and the Bagshot reply fairly raced along and passed fifty before losing their first wicket. Nichols removed Maqbool with a ball that cut back that the batsman chose to leave. The introduction of Mohindru would prove to be the turning point. With spin and seam in tandem, Bagshot lost regular wickets as Nichols and Mohindru took turns to take the wickets. Despite a belligerent innings from Bagshot skipper Jeremy Davis, caught well by Bird off a Nichols bouncer, Windsor picked off the scalps to leave the visitors at 150 for 8 with 10 overs to go. Bagshot keeper Davis managed to block out for 6 of these overs, until Kellard stuck with his first Windsor 1stXI wicket. This left 23 balls at the last pair. Despite the best efforts all round, Bagshot held out and scrambled a draw. Mohindru was the pick of the Windsor bowlers with a fine 5 for 46, a great return to form for the veteran spinner.
The 15 points that Windsor took from the game was great reward, but with the knowledge one more wicket would have taken them to second in the table, it was inevitably a disappointment. This coming week, Windsor travel to Beaconsfield.