Windsor fights back to 25 points.
Saturday 8th July
Windsor 188 all out; 51 Overs (Davis 55, Mohindru 47*)
Beaconsfield 169 all out; 45.3 Overs
After a near miss the week before against Bagshot, Windsor travelled Beaconsfield this last weekend looking to gain a second victory of the season. With regular skipper Craig Bird enjoying a weekend off, acting skipper Andy Towse lost the toss and was remarkably asked to bat first.
On a mottled looking deck, Windsor had the worst possible start, losing Riches and Clarke in the first over before a run was scored. With opener Davis watching the carnage from the non-strikers end, Towse joined the fray and the pair began to rebuild the innings until the latter had his middle stump removed by a big in-swinger. With the ball swinging and the bounce inconsistent, Millman and Bullock soon followed and Windsor found themselves 50 for 5 in just the 11th over. Nichols, then came in and began the counter-attack with Davis. One enormous six signalled his intent and he rapidly caught up with his senior partners score. However, one big swing too many saw his demise, but with Mohindru coming in next, the Windsor fight-back continued. The pair continued to build the total and Davis passed fifty with a cut down to backward point. It took a sharp catch by the Beaconsfield keeper to finally remove Davis, but the tail continued to wag and with Mohindru’s guidance, Windsor reached a competitive 188 all out when a much lower total had looked likely. Mohindru finished on a fine 47 not out.
With the new ball in hand; the Beaconsfield innings immediately suffered the wrath of the Nichols and Hill as the latter uprooted the openers middle stump in just the second over. With the ball moving and the bounce unreliable, Nichols took full advantage and his blend of vicious bouncers and challenging swing began to chip at the Beaconsfield top order. Ably supported by Hill, the pair removed the top five batsmen and opened up the lower order much earlier than the home side had hoped for. With the introduction of the Windsor spin twins Mohindru and Kellard, Beaconsfield began to struggle to keep up with the run rate and lost wicket s regularly. With 10 overs to go, the run rate neared six an over and the final three wickets fell quickly. A solid all-round bowling performance saw the wickets shared, with Mohindru picking up four to add to his five the previous week.
After looking certain to lose the game some three hours before, Windsor pulled off a fabulous victory and claimed their first 25-point win of the season. This week sees Windsor travel to local rivals Burnham in what could prove to be a crucial game of the season. With Windsor now in third in the division at the half-way point of the campaign, an away win would provide great momentum for the second half of the season.