Windsor CC vs Aston Rowant
Maidenhead Advertiser Sunday League – Sunday 14th May
Windsor 284 for 5 40 Overs (Shafi 74, Huggins 70, Smith 75)
Aston Rowant 258 all out 40 Overs (Morgan 65, Watling 71, Kellard 6 for 36)
Windsor got their Sunday League campaign off to a winning start at home to Aston Rowant. On winning the toss Windsor captain Huggins had no hesitation in batting first on what looked to be a good wicket. However, things did not go according to plan when they lost Condon in the first over bowled by one that swung back from Siler. The wicket brought captain Huggins to the crease who together with debutant Shafi, quickly went about rebuilding the innings. Huggins found his rhythm and punished anything over pitched while Shafi was aggressive with anything on the leg side. Aston Rowant rotated their bowlers in search of the second wicket but the runs continued to flow. It wasn’t until the 26th over when Shafi perished trying to further accelerate the scoring with wickets in hand that the second wicket came, departing for a stylish 74 and a second wicket partnership of 153.
This brought South African Smith to the crease who was quickly into his stride dismissing any loose deliveries to the boundary. The wicket of Huggins then came as he too looked to up the scoring rate further departing for 70. Windsor colt Hartridge then provided some able support for Smith before been dismissed in the 35 over. With time running out Davis and Smith then put the Aston Rowant bowling to the sword adding 62 runs in 24 balls for the 5th wicket. Davis departed in the final over and with a few lusty blows from Kemp the Windsor inning finished on 284-5.
Aston Rowant’s reply got off to a slow start due some tight bowling from Kemp and Griffiths and they soon found themselves falling behind the run rate. Windsor didn’t make the initial break through though until the introduction of Smith to the attack, removing Hicks after some sharp work from Davis behind the stumps. However, Morgan and Watling soon began to open there shoulders in an attempt to get back up with the run rate, with youngster Lines coming in for some rough treatment.
Windsor rotated the bowling in search of the break through but with the run rate climbing it came courtesy of a run out with some good work by Birch in the deep to run out Watling. The batsman had to continue with the big shots as the run rate continued to climb. Morgan feeling the pressure after the run out then offered a catch off Birch and wickets then began to fall at regular intervals. The introduction of colt Kellard’s leg spin soon had the batsman in trouble as they attempted to take him on. Shepard and Condon were smartly stumped by Davis of his bowling. Though the big shots continued wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and Kellard narrowly missed out on a hatrick as Siler managed to just avoid the out stretched hand of Kemp.
The Aston Rowant innings came to an end on 258 as Simpson was caught off the bowling of Kellard who finished with the impressive figures of 6-36.