French Connection too much for sorry Bledlow
Windsor CC 1st XI vs Bledlow CC 1st XI – Sunday 9th July 2006 – MASL
Windsor 292-7 (A. Smith 65, B Davis 42, R Doye 38)
Bledlow 88 All Out (Granger 6-34)
Windsor CC currently poised very well in the Sunday league this year were looking to get another win under their belt on this breezy day as they fielded a strong team against a Bledlow side who had never visited Windsor before. After winning the toss the Bledlow skipper surprisingly decided to field which was a blessing for Windsor as they only currently had 9, very fragile, players after a big night out in London. With Birch nowhere to be seen and Holmes, called in as a late replacement for the unavailable (but surprisingly selected) Shafti, currently in transit, the Windsor openers strolled out to bat looking to put runs on the board.
Birthday boy Nichols and skipper Noble both looked uncomfortable against the Bledlow opening attack. Opening bowler Mould removed Nichols for 8, which introduced South African Abe Smith to the crease. Smith looked in good touch hitting a brace of 4’s off both the opening bowlers. Skipper noble played a good supporting role until he was out for 16. Lefthander Brian Davis was next in, fresh from his 50 the day before and him and the aggressive Smith both looked to attack the Bledlow first change bowlers, Davis in particular plundering 3 fours off of 4 balls. Davis was then caught off the bowling of downers, 8 short of his second 50 of the weekend.
Smith continued to attack with his new partner Ryan Doye as they ran well between the wickets and made the most of some lacklustre Bledlow fielding. Smith brought up a very entertaining 50 with a big six over square leg welcomed by warm applause from the balcony. The scoreboard continued to tick over until Smith tried one hit too many and was caught on the long on boundary. The next man in was the dangerous Granger, who in the fixture a year before had ransacked Bledlow’s bowling in scoring a fantastic hundred. He looked in good touch again today and some aggressive hitting and positive running between him and Doye again upped the scoring rate until he perished, caught on the boundary, trying to up the scoring rate in the last 10 overs. Doye was out shortly after and it was left to youngster Cornish and the clean hitting Birch to drag Windsor towards 300. Finishing on 292 for 7.
Windsor now knew that with the big total on the board that Bledlow would have to attack and with plenty of bowling options they were in a very strong position. Windsor didn’t start very well, opener Cornish spraying the ball about and going for 16 in his first over. This was no problem with the fired up granger charging in at 1 end and Aussie Nichols plugging away from the other they pulled it back and 2 Bledlow wickets fell in quick succession, which saw the introduction of the dangerous Oxfordshire player Mould. Wickets kept tumbling around him though and by the end of his spell nichols had picked up 2 wickets. Granger then picked up 2 wickets in a row, one caught by Smith in the gully and one by Doye at point. Next to join the party was young left arm spinner Mark Lines. His first over was spot on and he deceived the Bledlow number 7 with a perfect ball which drew him down the wicket before turning and keeper Davis picked up a sharp stumping to go with his catch earlier in the innings off the bowling of Nichols. In the next over with granger charging in with 4 slips and a gully he claimed another Bledlow wicket, again caught in the gully by Smith. Lines then produced another perfect over and was unlucky not to have another stumping, but with Bledlow now 8 wickets down it was left to granger to finish up the innings with the final 2 balls of his spell, clean bowling skipper mould for 26 and then claiming the Bledlow number 11 LBW to finish with outstanding figures of 6 for 34.
Next weekend the Sunday road show moves onto Stoke Green before a hard run in to the end of the season including Burnham and North Maids.