Sunday 30th July 2006 – Maidenhead Advertiser Sunday League
Windsor CC 1st XI vs Burnham 1st XI – Windsor Won by 6 runs
Windsor 135 All Out (Davis 33)
Burnham 129 All Out (Cornish 4-22)
With the Sunday League nearing its climax Windsor travelled to the memorial ground for a must win game against an undefeated Burnham side to keep their title hopes alive. Upon Windsor winning the toss Windsor Skipper Noble had no hesitation in batting first on worn looking surface.
Riches and Davis got the Windsor innings off to solid start as both played a number of fluent shots against Burnhams new ball attack. However, the introduction of spin changed the course of the game with over seas player Abbas extracting turn and variable bounce. With batting becoming increasingly difficult, Davis was the first to perish as he tried to force the scoring along. This brought Windsor’s French Overseas star Justin Granger to the crease who quickly upped the tempo with his trade mark hitting and aggressive running. However, Riches soon departed stumped as he attempted one big shot too many. This then brought about a flurry of wickets as Granger then holed out off the bowling of Windsor turn- coat Mohindru. Huggins came and went, as he too struggled to cope with the Burnham spin. South African Smith looked a little more comfortable against the spin hitting Mohindru for six. Condon then returned an easy catch to Khan and Nichols was soon back in the pavilion after been deceived by Khan’s quicker ball.
The Windsor batting was then subject to some suicidal running between the wickets. First to go was Doye as he stalled when called through for a quick single. Skipper Noble then followed without facing a ball, as he was called through for a single that wasn’t there. Finally Smith completed his hat-trick when he called Cornish through and he was run out by a direct hit. With the Windsor innings in disarray Smith continued to counter-attack, hitting Mohindru for a second huge six. Last man Lines was soon to follow also falling to the bowling of Khan. Windsor’s innings finished on 135, which looked well short of a par score, leaving Burnham’s skipper Mohindru to question Windsor’s decision to bat first.
In reply the Burnham innings got off to slow start with Granger and Nichols bowling tight lines and the Burnham openers looking for a solid start in reply to Windsor’s small total. Nichols was the first to make the break through as Shahid top edged a bouncer to keeper Davis. Granger then struck removing Abbas L.B.W and Windsor were back in the game. From here on the game ebbed and flowed as wickets fell at regular intervals. Nichols then claimed his second victim as Granger claimed a sharp catch at cover. It was the introduction of Cornish that swung the game in Windsor’s favour with two wickets in two balls, the second of which saw him clean up overseas star Khan with an in swinging yorker.
The game was then evenly poised at 59-5 but, with Saturday 1st XI skipper Khan at the crease, the game could still go either way. Khan then looked to take the game to Windsor with two big overs off the bowling of Smith. However, as he looked to take on Cornish he only presented a steepling catch to mid on which was well held by youngster Lines, as the game started to move back into Windsor’s favour again. Cornish then took his fourth wicket with a catch at gully by Condon.
With the pressure starting to tell there was a run out as skipper Mohindru called a suicidal single and Granger made no mistake from cover. Mohindru with some determined batting looked to see Burnham home with Windsor’s total almost in touching distance but he edged behind off the bowling of Lines and Windsor could sense victory now. It was left to Smith to bowl the Burnham no. 11 as Windsor scraped home by 6 runs.
Windsor now go into their final two games knowing two victories will see them lift the Sunday League title for the first time.