Amersham 167 (Rob Hodgson 6-62)
Windsor 171 – 7 (N Wing 43, T Bullock 38*, B Holt 5-18)
Windsor completed the double over Amersham at an eventually sunny Shardloes although they were made to work all the way by a spirited display in the field by Amersham. If Windsor were only able to win 1 toss in the first half of the season the laws of averages state that they will only lose 1 in the second half and lo and behold the Windsor captain called correctly and it was a bit of a no brainer to bowl first on the damp green track.
Showing five changes from the previous week Windsor opened with Chris Edge and Rob Hodgson and both were economical in their opening spell. Indeed when Amit Subarker pounced on a catch at mid on Amersham had limped to 26-1 off ten overs. A triple breakthrough from Hodgeson strangled Amersham further to 47-4. However when a simple chance at gully was spilled by Ashraf from Piper this became the signal for Piper and captain Aylott to rebuild the Amersham innings. The introduction of U15 leg spinner Mark Lines somewhat backfired as Piper was particular brutal on the odd full toss and Amersham moved passed the 100 mark. A towering six over long on saw the removal of Lines from the attack but it was far from the end of his day….
The introduction of Amit Subarker wrestled the game back into Windsor’s grasp and after Piper was dismissed by Hodgson it was left to Aylott to do the bulk of the runs as Windsor exposed the tail wrapping Amershams innings up in the 50th over. Rob Hodgsons golden arm accounting for six wickets from his 26 over spell.
Windsor’s reply got off to a stuttering start with Noble being cleaned up for 1 and Ashraf ,departing soon after. However Nigel Wing scoring almost exclusively in boundaries was joined by Stephen Eggenhuizen and whilst not scoring at will, the pair were looking comfortably in control as they moved the score past 100. The reintroduction of Holt however turned the game on it’s head and having been 105-2, Windsor suddenly found themselves in a spot of bother at 128-6 as Wing, Eggenhuizen, Davis and Hartridge were all dismissed in double quick time. Chris Edge joined Tom Bullock at the crease and stabilised the situation and putting 30 on Windsor looked to have weathered the storm until Edge came back for a quick second run and an accurate throw saw him run out. At 158-7 enter Mark Lines who was the perfect foil for Tom Bullock. A few nervous moments ensued but sensible batting by both saw Windsor home in the 46th over, with Lines hitting a four over square leg to wrap the game up.
A big fortnight now looms for Windsor with the visits of 2nd and 3rd place Reading and Slough which will shape up whether or not Windsor have the quality or bottle to finally escape from 4B.