Too little too late.
Sunday 16th Windsor 1st XI vs. Slough 1st XI
With the sun blazing down on the Upton Park ground, Windsor travelled to Slough on Sunday for their final warm-up game before the Sunday league starts. After losing another toss, Windsor was asked to field first.
To their delight, the Windsor opening bowlers Condon (1-47) and Granger found the bouncy deck much to their liking after such a damp early season. With it came a breakthrough each, with wicket keeper Noble snaring both chances. This only brought Parved to the crease, and he took to the second string bowling with much aplomb. With able support, Malik (53), Parved attacked all that came at him and racked up a marvellous 106, scoring at well over a run a ball. However, Windsor battled valiantly with only 10 men after losing Thompson to a finger injury. With the loss of Parved, Slough’s innings lost momentum as they reached 208 off their 40 overs. Granger was the pick of the Windsor bowling, taking 4 for 65 off 17 overs.
The Windsor reply started well, with the unusual feat of the first run off the bat coming in the 5th over, with 20 already on the board. Both Huggins (21) and Noble (26) batted well, putting on 75 for the first wicket. However, the introduction of the spin of House (4-55) and Hussain (2-12) slowed the scoring rate and both fell in successive overs. With Dawson soon joining them, it was left to Gould and new boy, Harris, to try to push the rate along. After Harris (11) fell, trying to force through the legside, Granger quickly followed. Skipper Davis, joined Gould to rebuild the innings with still well over 100 to get. With some lusty blows, the run rate began to increase, but with 60 still needed with four overs left, Gould was caught for 30. Banajee (16 not out) joined the fray, and with some unorthodox stroke play, helped Davis (42 not out) take Windsor to a respectable 182 off their 40 overs, some 26 runs short at the end.
With Taplow being the hosts next Sunday, Windsor looks to bounce back from this loss. And with key players coming into some form, it will be the middle overs that will be the target to be worked on over the next few weeks.