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Runs, Runs, Runs and then some more Runs.

Windsor 301-7 dec. (51.1 Overs) (M. Joel 161, R. Noble 61 – Moxon 5-86)

Teddington Town 304-6 (47.2 Overs) (P.Rauby 79* , A.Patel 63)

Before the start of the game, Windsor lay in 3rd Place, Teddington in 2nd and just 4 points separated the sides. Both had made excellent starts to the season having lost only 1 game each. Before the match you sensed something special was going to happen, and the players didn’t disappoint……

Winning the toss Windsor captain Chris Edge, elected to bat and after 4 overs with the score on 8-2, Windsor having lost opener Paul Huggins and Nigel Wing both for 0, it looked like the skipper had made the wrong choice. However, the gritty Rob Noble was now paired with Matt Joel and what followed next was 38 overs of the most breathtaking batting anyone had seen all season. Noble was the perfect foil for the elegant Joel. Constantly rotating the strike, and making use of the short long on and long off boundaries, quite visibly the Teddington players wilted in the heat. Some awesome hitting by Joel brought up a quickfire fifty. Before anyone knew it, even bigger hitting brought up his hundred. This was also done in some style by hitting the ball into the scorers parasol and sending both the parasol, scorer, chair and pens flying! Noble then reached his fifty and Windsor looked unstoppable. Runs were being leaked all over the field and the scoreboard continued to rattle along. Having put on a club record 217 for the 4th wicket Noble was finally bowled. However the fireworks didn’t stop there Tim Smith came in a crashed a few boundaries. Joel brought his 150 up with him being dropped at mid wicket, the only chance of his innings, and a score of 300+ with a double century for Joel was not unlikely. However Joel took on one hit too many and he was taken by a superb catch low down on the boundary by Teddingtons stand in skipper Patel for 161, just 7 short of his previous personal best 168. Bullock and Gould continued the onslaught and in the final over with the score on 301, Edge declared on what he thought would be an almost impossible score to chase………

Teddington, to their credit, did go after the score, however, just as the batsmen were looking set Windsor took wickets with O’Shannesy, Edge and Griffiths all taking vital scalps. When the 5th wicket fell in an amazing piece of sportsmanship by Teddington Batsman Russell, who walked when the umpire wasn’t sure, at 138 even though there were overs to spare surely the game was up for Teddington? However, Windsor didn’t count on wicket keeper Rauby and Captain Patel once again turning this match on their head. Sensing victory Windsor attacked, in hindsight now for too long, as once the momentum of the two batsman got going, like a runaway train, there was nothing Windsor could do could stop it. Both played superb innings of good clean hitting and sensible running between the wickets and Windsor were now the ones under pressure. When Patel gloved Griffiths for 63, Windsor again thought they were in with a shout of winning the game but it was Teddington who now had the upper hand and they didn’t relinquish it. The game went into the final over, and with 2 required and the field in when Rauby cracked Edge through covers for 4 Teddington were elated and Windsor deflated. However, once the dust had settled, and both teams converged in the bar afterwards, everyone remarked on what a superb game this had been and now sets up the penultimate game between these two sides at the end of the season, into one that shouldn’t be missed!

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