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Windsor 239-6 (Huggins 77)

Marlow Park 202-8

Having lost 4 of their regular players and with Marlow Park being strengthend by their first XI having a blank weekend in Division 1, it looked as though it would be an uphill struggle for Windsor last weekend. Windsor were asked to bat and the somewhat out of sorts, Paul Huggins was paired with a brand new opening partner in Abdul Ashraf. However, both made solid starts moving the score past 50 in the 15th over when for the second week running and amazing piece of sportsmanship intervened in Windsor’s favour. Not getting forward too far a healthy inside edge onto his pads saved Paul Huggins from the strangled appeal that followed. However, the umpire had not seen the nick and gave Huggins out to his astonishment. However, accepting the decision, Huggins walked off without confrontation only to be recalled just yards from the boundary by the Marlow skipper who rescinded the appeal and allowed Huggins to carry on batting. Huggins made the best of his opportunity and when Ashraf was out for 28, he and Tim Smith scored quickly to set Windsor in the Box seat. Huggins got to a much needed confidence boosting 50 before Smith fell for 40. Richie Noble played well moving the score along but Richard Charters proved to the be main impetus for the final push past 200 in the closing overs giving Windsor a very respectable 239.

Knowing that they had runs to spare at the start Griffiths and O’Shannesy tore in searching for wickets. O’Shannesy was unlucky when a catch went down at slip but after 14 overs Marlow were looking good at 49-0. However a double bowling change paid dividends when Edge had Uphill caught at Midwicket after mistiming a pull and Wigley picked up the other scalp in the next over. Some big hitting saw Marlow progress to 156-3 and requiring a rate of over 6 per over, it looked like it was going to be a close run thing. Searching for wickets, to the astonishment of the watching balcony, captain Edge brought on the part time seamer Rob Dawson. After conceding 10 in his first over it seemed like a critical misjudgement at exactly the wrong time. However in the next over Dawson picked up the first of his wickets and with Wigley bowling superbly at the other end Windsor began to strangle Marlow. Wigley picked up another and still chasing the score Richie Noble clung onto a sharp chance at midwicket and Marlow were now 6 down. Dawson again turned on the magic taking a further 2 wickets in two overs to leave Marlow at 174-8 with 6 overs to go. Edge the rotated the bowling with Wigley, Griffiths, O’Shannesy and himself all searching for the elusive breathrough, to gain 25 points but after reaching 200 Marlow gave up the chase and were content with the draw. Windsor now entertain High Wycombe next week in the knowledge that they are now only 4 points behind second placed Teddington Town.

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