Promotion light blown out by Teddington bowlers
Teddington Town 136-4
It was enthralling battling cricket for 80% of this game, but in the end Teddington Town proved too strong for Windsor and deservedly claimed the second promotion spot in Division 4b. Losing the toss, Teddington inserted Windsor – the only situation which could profit Windsor should they win, but testament to Teddingtons attitude that they could chase down any score posted, an attitude that many other sides in the Thames Valley League should learn from.
The accurate Moxon and May opened the bowling and after 10 overs with Windsor limping to 20-1 it was always going to be difficult against their accurate bowling. Asharaf and Noble picked the scoring up but when Ashraf departed for 20, and the gritty Rob Noble for 31, Wing and Smith looked to accelerate the scoring. However, Smith edged one behind for 0 prompting a reshuffle of the batting order to try to get some runs on the board. Initially, Birch hit a few boundaries but was soon bowled and the dismissal of O’Shannesy and Wing meant Windsor were never really in the game. When the final wicket fell in the 50th over 135 was never likely to be enough runs against a side that earlier in the season had chased down 301 Windsor runs.
However, a tremendous start from Mohindru and Edge saw Teddington captain Tamblingson caught at short leg off Edge, and the other opener clean bowled by Mohindru and after 6 overs Teddington were 0-2. In the next over Van As Wegan got off the mark by Chinese cutting Edge for 2 narrowly missing his stumps by inches and the game was on. The pressure became almost unbearable for the Teddington batsmen often going for suicidal runs which the Windsor fielders narrowly failed to capitalise on. After As Wegan had been dismissed by a superb caught and bowled by Mohindru, the turning point of the match came in Edge’s 6th over. With the score at 22-3 he had Patel playing and missing at a succession of balls, before finally getting the edge which carried to first slip. Unfortunately Smith failed to cling on and Patel capitalised in the best possible way, by hitting an unbeaten 87. Windsor continued to battle but good clean hitting got Teddington out of trouble and Windsor were never able to get back into the match finally going down by 6 wickets.