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Nichols piles the heat on Stoke green

Sunday 16th July 2006 – Maidenhead Advertiser Sunday League

Stoke Green 88 all out (Nichols 4-24, Lines 3-28)

Windsor 89-1 (Huggins 46*)

Windsor Won by 9 wickets

Another scorching summer Sunday beckoned as Nobsey’s road show moved onto a baking Stoke Green. As usual Windsor’s strong Sunday 1’s looked to bat first on a used pitch, which they knew would break up as the game wore on. As it transpired though Windsor were made to field first with Nichols and Cornish sharing the new rock. Both had immediate success each taking a wicket in their first over and after 4 overs Stoke Green were reeling on 1 for 3. Young Cornish continually troubled the batsmen and had some very close LBW appeals turned down, the umpire claiming one was “going down off”. After his initial success Nichols set into a constant rhythm pinning down the batsmen with well-directed bouncers and dangerous Yorkers. A weak looking Stoke Green struggled to 13 for 4 after 12 overs when Cornish was taken off and left arm spinner Lines was introduced into the attack. Lines had success in his first over dismissing the Stoke Green number 6 with Woodward holding a good catch on the boundary. Nichols then capped his spell with 2 wickets as he finished with tidy figures of 4 for 24 from 8 overs.

With Lines bowling superbly from one end spin twin Kellard was brought on from the other. Lines took his second wicket soon after and with only 10 men it was only a matter of time before stoke were dismissed from the position of 48-8. To their credit though the 2 Stoke youngsters batted well with their 15 year old number 4 taking the strike well and dispatching the bad ball, including a 6 off Kellard. In the end though Lines finished off the stoke innings as their number 4 miscued a cut and the catch was taken by Cornish at point. With Stoke Green finally all out for 88.

After tea Windsor knew it would only be a matter of time before they would be on their way home. Huggins and Condon opened the batting and got Windsor off to a flier hitting their fifty partnership off just 8 overs. Huggins was particularly productive with his cover drives and Condon dispatched anything loose. After this the scoring rate slowed a bit and Condon was out to a sharp catch at midwicket. This brought South African Abe Smith to the crease and with some lusty blows (Including a massive 6 into the Windsor spectators) he allowed Huggins to finish the game off in style with a good looking straight drive, taking his score to 46 not out. With another win under their belt, Windsor will be looking towards victories over Burnham and North Maidenhead in the coming weeks to have them in with a shout in the MASL title race.

Next week the league season will take a break as Windsor take on Mike Gatting’s star-studded Lord’s Taverners team on The Home Park.

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