Sunday 11th of May 08
Windsor C.C 177-8 vs. Phoenix 166 All Out.
On a beautiful day and a belter of a track, Malik won the toss and elected to bat. Windsor got off to a great start with Devilliers and Malik punishing anything loose. Devilliers was the first to get dismissed, lobbing one in the air to mid-wicket for a very well played 44. Malik was set and kept the score ticking with Lickley. Malik was next out, well caught in the covers for 45. There were some valuable contributions in the middle by Care 21, Khan 14 and Lickley 10. Windsor finished on 177 with Kellard chipping in 11 at the end.
Phoenix got off to an explosive start, going at 8 an hour for the first 10 overs. Bean got the breakthrough and then the spin-twins, Harris and Kellard came into their own. Both bowled magnificently, both were on-a-hatrick and between them took 7 wickets, Harris finishing with 4. There were some great contributions in the field, Lickley taking an absolute blinder off Kellard, Malik and Devilliers taking two catches off Bean in the outfield. Wickets fell regularly through Harris and Kellard. At 120-8, the game looked to be in Windsor’s favour, but Phoenix batsmen started finding singles freely and the game was tipping in their favour. Devilliers then came on and after a few tidy overs was eventually rewarded through a quick stumping by Care. Bean was then handed the ball and bowled well at the death, taking the final wicket when Harris latched onto the end of one in the slips. Windsor won the game by 11 runs.
All in all, a great day of cricket, looking good for the start of the league!