Shafi leads Windsor home.
Windsor vs. Tiddington (MASL) – Sunday 4th June
Tiddington 163 All out 35.1 overs (Kellard 4-43, Birch 3-24)
Windsor 164 for 2 30.4 overs (Shafi 70*)
After weeks of waiting for the sun to shine at home, Windsor were treated to some early summer sunshine for their first away day of the season. After winning their first two league games, the side was confident of making it three from three.
Tiddington won the toss and chose to bat, a decision that looked good early on as their opening pair looked to attack. It was the big mitt of Brendan Kemp that took the first scalp with a tidy caught and bowled. The introduction of Birch up the hill, soon removed the remaining opener to an ordinary shot when looking well set, but Tiddington continued to build their score. With the seamers being played easily, Windsor turned to the spin twins, Kellard and Smith and turned the innings on its head. As ever, Smith off-spin complimented Kellard’s Leg-spin and both took crucial wickets in early overs. Kellard continued to see the Tiddington batsmen attack him, but some excellent Windsor fielding saw catches taken in the deep and another fine stumping by Noble. After the pairs combined 16 overs, Tiddington found themselves at 140 for 7 and struggling to make a competitive score. Birch and Nichols hen came back into the attack and clean bowled the remaining batsmen and the Tiddington innings closed early on 163.
With a little rain in the air, Windsor stockpiled at tea and looked to try to seal victory early to avoid the weather. Openers Shafi and Condon went on the attack and punished anything wayward that came their way. Condon was unfortunate thought to be caught lbw, plumb in front, for 13 to one that kept a little low. This brought Huggins to the crease and he began a match winning partnership with Shafi. Huggins playing the anchor role worked the singles as Shafi looked to attack and flew past his second consecutive Sunday 50. The two had added 80, when Shafi was bowled after a somewhat injudicious shot for a fine 70. Abe Smith then joined Huggins and continued the attack. This seemed to give Windsor’s “Tugboat” a slight wake-up and his bat began to flow too. Windsor reached the target of 164 with nearly 10 overs to spare and claimed their third win in the Sunday League this season.