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A Sunday Sermon:
Windsor CC vs. BWIA CC, Cockspur Cup 1st Round

Windsor 90 all out; 27.1 Overs (Weekes 5 for 12)
BWIA 94 for 4; 21 Overs

In a new venture for 2007, Windsor played their first game in the National Cockspur Cup last Sunday against the British West Indian Association Cricket club at The Home Park. The tournament, comprising of some 397 clubs nationwide, has seen BWIA reach the semi-finals just last year. With this in mind, Windsor knew they were in for a testing day. On a stunning April afternoon, Windsor won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked a hard pitch.

The relaxed BWIA team took the field in confident mood and were soon on top of the Windsor top order. With the score on 10, Windsor lost opener Davis, trapped in front without troubling the scorers. New batsman Granger, in typically ebullient manner, began to attack the bowling. Weekes however, had other ideas. Bowling accurate pace from the Castle End, he removed Granger with a sharp caught and bowled. His next three overs saw the innings capitulate, removing Weston to a harsh lbw, Huggins caught at third slip and Smith with an exceptional yorker. Weekes’ 9 allotted overs cost just 12 runs.

Skipper Nichols, was the only Windsor batter to come close to mastering the BWIA attack and along with small partnerships from Howard, Hill and Condon, steered Windsor towards three figures. BWIA though, had a final card to play in the form of the left-arm express bowling of Cornelius. Ably, supported by Semper (3 for 11), the pace-man bowled arguably the quickest four overs seen on the Home Park in many years. Windsor’s innings finally closed on 90 when Kellard play an ambitious slog.

With a low target to defend, Windsor took the field with pride at stake and a very fired up Granger immediately made an impact. The ball that removed Sherif saw a flying Smith take a fantastic catch down the leg-side, only to injure himself in the process. BWIA had been looking to finish things quickly, but tight bowling by Granger and leg-spinner Kellard, made runs difficult. Nichols then entered the fray and continued to make life difficult for the batsmen. Creese’s patience soon ran out and Nichols removed him with a “made-to-measure” slower ball that he failed to pick. Windsor continued to press and through some excellent fielding made scoring more and more difficult. A fine catch by Howard saw Nichols pick up his second to another brute of a ball. When Hill removed Aswee for a duck, Windsor saw a glimmer of hope. This was only to be removed when Bass and Corbin decided that they wanted to hit the bar early and began to open their shoulders. Despite some fine bowling, BWIA were able to reach the moderate target with 6 wickets in hand and 24 overs to spare.

Whilst largely outclassed by a fine side, Windsor left the field with heads held high and respect gained from the opposition. Against a team of largely professional cricketers, rather than rolling over to die, the team fought hard and made BWIA work to gain the runs. This augurs well for the forthcoming league seasons and highlights the strength that Windsor have developed within the playing ranks. The club wishes BWIA well and are sure they will be a force to reckon with in the next rounds of the Cockspur Cup.

Windsor returns to local friendly action this Sunday with a trip to Bracknell.

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