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Windsor Start season with a win

Heavy rain during the week and overnight meant that Windsor 2nd XI opening league game against OMT was in severe doubt, however, sterling work by the groundstaff at the Home Park, meant that although, the pitch was never going to provide a record number of runs, a game could take place.

Windsor won the toss and elected to bowl, with Dahron Pitt and Chris Edge bowling steadily and coming to terms with the damp conditions. After surviving a few half chances OMT batsmen began to get into their grove and after 18 overs were looking comfortable at 75-0. The arrival of newcomer Stuart Millman however broke this partnership when he bowled Wright and when Edge removed the other opener Keane for 53, Windsor really began to turn the screw. Some excellent outfielding and tight bowling meant that in OMT were only able to score 17 off the next 11 overs and as the pressure built wickets fell as they attempted to push the score along. Another debutant Alex Hill was brought into the attack and he too got into the wickets and at the end of their full 52 overs OMT had managed to score just 141-9, with Edge, Millman and Hill all picking up 3 wickets each.

Despite the low score, batting was always going to be difficult and Windsor got off to a bad start when Paul Huggins was adjudged LBW and Tim Smith was bowled 2 balls later. Opener Rob Noble consolidated with Nigel Wing and the pair staged a recovery, with Wing in particular looking in good form. However, Wing was deceived by the pitch on 25 and the fall of Richard Charters and Andy Clarke in quick succession meant that Windsor were up against it at 53-5. However, Tom Bullock and Rob Noble both played superb innings. The former lightening quick with his running and the later steadfast in protecting his wicket and rotating the strike. Both took their time but steady chipped away at the score and the resolve of the OMT batsmen. Once set however there didn’t seem any chance of their removal when with just 4 runs required Tom Bullock was caught going for the winning runs and then after completing a superb match winning half century the gritty Rob Noble also departed caught, and it was left to Dahron Pitt and Alex Hill to score the few runs remaining to see Windsor home.

As the only side to play in their league, Windsor go top of the league, and will be looking to build upon this result next week away at Marlow Park.

OMT

A. Wright Ct Clarke Millman 24

R. Keane Ct Noble Edge 53

J Hobson Bowled Edge 6

A. Macpherson Ct Bullock Hill 13

J. Smee Bowled Millman 0

J. Parekth Bowled Millman 0

J Patterson Bowled Hill 2

R Winkle Not Out 6

P Katz Bowled Hill 4

J Blanche Ct Bullock Edge 1

R Booker Not Out 3

Extras 20

Total 141-9

O M R W

Pitt 16 2 62 0

Edge 20 6 46 3

Millman 12 4 28 3

Hill 7 1 12 3

Windsor

R.W. Noble Ct Gentleman 52

P. Huggins LBW Katz 1

T. Smith Bowled Katz 2

N. Wing Bowled Gentleman 25

R. Charters Bowled Blanche 0

A. Clarke Ct Blanche 0

T Bullock Ct Katz 39

D Pitt Not Out 1

A Hill Not Out 1

Extras 21

Total 142-7

O M R W

Katz 14.2 2 50 3

Gentleman 16 3 46 2

Blanche 16 5 37 2

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