Crash, Bang, Wallop
NPL Teddington 226-6 (52 Overs – Royce 57)
Windsor 227-7 (47.2 Overs)
In a week which saw the introduction of the new twenty-twenty competition to English Cricket Windsor created their own style of hard-hitting cricket to secure a win on a glorious day at NPL Teddington last Saturday.
Losing the toss Windsor were asked to take the field first and although they couldn’t make any initial breakthrough NPL found it hard to score. In the 13th over Michael Gould replaced Tristan O’Shannesy with instant results trapping Gardiner LBW with his second ball. There then followed around 15 overs of consolidation with Gould tying up one end and Chris Edge bowling 17 overs on the trot for a miserly 32 runs. However, with wickets in hand the big hitting began and the ball flying to all areas of the ground. Some good bowling by Kevin Condon brought a couple of wickets but some huge hitting towards the end saw NPL overtake the 200 mark and post a very tough 226 which Windsor would have to chase down at a rate of 4.7 per over for the duration to win.
Things didn’t look too good for Windsor however when Paul Huggins departed for his third duck in a row, however this brought Tim Smith to crease and to say he put the bowlers to the sword would be an understatement. By the end of the 10th over Windsor were 78-1 with Smith on 48 of which 11 of these came from the boundary. However the introduction of McCormick paid instant dividends when eyeing his 50 Smith cut straight into the hands of point to give NPL hope. Davis departed soon after and it was Michael Gould and Richard Charters that continued the attack, although set on 38 Gould will be disappointed in skying one too many of McCormick when a deserved 50 was in sight. With 10 overs to go Windsor still needed another 55 runs and it was the experience of vice captain Rob Noble and the hard hitting of Abdul Ashraf that saw Windsor home. Cleverly taking singles and twos and hitting boundaries when required left Windsor needing just 1 off the final over. When Noble cut to point and scrambled home for a single Windsor celebrated which was further enhanced with the news that with Teddington Town’s loss at OMT, Windsor had moved back into the top two.