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Windsor vs Chalfont St. Peter – Sunday 28th May
Windsor snatch last ball victory in thriller
Chalfont St. Peter 203-8 40 overs (Condon 3-27 Lines 2-49)
Windsor 204-8 40 overs (Condon 70 Huggins 47 Davis 27)
Windsor went into their second Sunday league game looking to continue their good form shown against Aston Rowant. Chalfont won the toss and elected to bat on a damp looking track. The decision looked to have backfired after tight bowling from Nicholls and Cornish backed up by Smith and Lines had the visitors struggling for runs as they stuttered to 44-2 off 15 overs. However, with the wicket drying batting started to become easier and the Chalfont batsman soon started to accelerate the scoring. Kellard in particular was expensive as he lacked his usual control. It took the introduction of Condon to the attack to stem the flow of runs as the Chalfont batsman looked to put the game beyond Windsor. With a flurry of late wickets from Condon and some big hitting from Panj the Chalfont inning closed on what would be a challenging 203-8 from their 40 overs.
In reply the Windsor innings got off to the worst possible start with the early loss of Bird. However, this brought Huggins together with Condon at the crease who together soon set about restoring order. Condon played the role of the aggressor hitting the Chalfont opening bowler out of the attack, while Huggins was content to play the support role and rotate the strike. Chalfont then introduced spin into the attack as they looked to slow the pace. However, the batsmen continued to keep the runs flowing with Condon sweeping the spinners to good effect reaching a well-deserved 50. As Windsor looked to up the scoring rate Condon fell to a sharp catch at mid-wicket from the bowling of Panj for 70, however, the partnership of 110 with Huggins had seemingly set Windsor well on the way to Chalfonts score. Abe Smith continued where Condon left off, but did not last long before been bowled through the gate. Huggins was then joined by Davis and together they added 40, as Windsor entered the last ten requiring a gettable 6 an over. However, Huggins then returned a soft caught and bowled as he fell just short of a hard-worked 50. Panic then ensued in the Windsor batting as Noble went cheaply, Davis was run out in a mix up with Lickley and Lickley himself then perishing in the cause. Nichols contributed a few lusty blows before holing out on the boundary as the game reached its climax. Windsor went into the last over requiring 13 for victory with youngsters Cornish and Lines at the crease. A quick run couple off the first and sweetly struck six over long on from Cornish off the second ball of the over swung things back in Windsor favour as they required 5 from 4 balls. Another couple and a scrambled single left Lines on strike requiring 2 from the final ball for victory. Lines then held his nerve as he chipped the bowler back over his head and he and Cornish completed the two runs required to seal victory for Windsor.
Next week, Windsor start their Sunday travels with the long journey to Tiddington in Oxfordshire