Bledlow vs. Windsor
Windsor continued their winning streak in the Sunday league with a fine 102 run win at picturesque Bledlow, deep in the Chilterns.
Winning the toss and batting first, Windsor were 2 down early losing Huggins and Pitt for 12 and 13 respectively, but Granger and Gould then seem to put their Saturday frustrations behind them with some dazzling batting. Granger produced some audacious strokes to race to fifty off just 34 balls.Thankfully, however, as he has done so often in the past, he didn’t then surrender his wicket when on the verge of greater things, and seemed to then settle down and together with Gould, Windsor cantered along at 7 an over. Gould effortlessly reached his own fifty, and was a calming influence on Granger as he reached a fine maiden century for Windsor. After reaching these landmarks ,the pair then upped the pace, both hitting sixes out of the ground. In no time Gould reached his own hundred but was dismissed soon after.Their partnership raised 236, a record for Windsor’s 3rd wicket. Granger then finally fell for 139, an innings which had regally entertained his teamates plus the many spectators at this fine little ground. The carnage didn’t stop there however as Eggenhuizen then hit a rapid unbeaten 29 which included 3 mighty 6’s, one of which cleared not only the ground, but also a row of 50ft oak trees and probably landed somewhere in the next village – an astonishing straight hit from the slightly built Australian. This propelled Windsor on to 318-7 from their 40 overs.
Bledlow’s reply couldn’t have got off to a worse start, as a fired up Granger had their opener caught behind by Davis off the first ball of the innings. Bledlow’s other opener however, looked a class act and was savage on anything off line, and took a particular liking to young John Holmes, who despite bowling their no. 3 , struggled for rhythm. While he was at the crease Bledlow looked like mounting a serious bid for victory. Windsor then reverted to the experience of seamer Griffiths and the slow off breaks of Rob Noble to counter the quick scoring. This finally did the trick as Huggins took a fine catch in the deep to dismiss the Bledlow opener off Griffiths for a superb 121.The rest of their batting then stuggled against Windsor’s attack, and young leg spinner Chris Kellard then ended the match in dramatic fashion with a sensational hat-trick, the final wicket being a hairline stumping by Davis, which saw Bledlow dismissed for 216, thus giving victory to Windsor by 102 runs.