BASINGSTOKE&NH2 187 (Spence 6-47)
Windsor were inserted on what looked like a decent deck at home park. Noble was at the top of the order with young Gould, and after only 3 deliveries he was having to knuckle down and rebuild as both Gould and middle order stallwart Thompson were removed by the impressive Bowen. 0 for 2, another nightmare start for the Winsdsor outfit. Granger was promoted to 4, and immediatley began with some powerful straight drives, making a mockery of difficult conditions. With Noble dropping anchor, the score was starting to look a little more credible. Granger then fell to a regulation catch at square leg, but Mathews held his nerve and with furhter support from Noble the total crept past 100 for the loss of 3 wickets. Noble then played round one, bring the capable Chorley to the wicket. This was not his day however, as a rip snorter of a deliver took the edge and a spectacular diving slip catch sent the former skipper for an early shower. Davies was out driving to cover, and when Mathews fell, it was left to the big hitting Huggins and Windsor skipper Watkins to fashion a competitive total. Mixing crunching blows with solid defence, the partnership grew, taking windsor past the key 200 mark. A flurry of boundaries in the last few overs, mixed in with a couple of wickets left Windsor in great shape at 234 for 9. Bowen takes credit for his 5 wickets, although the Basingstoke skipper will be dissapointed with the all round team effort.
In reply Windsor handed the advantage to the opposition, with Granger in particular struggling for line and length. Vinn played well, striking the poor ball to the boundary with ease, and Watkins was forced to turn to the miserly Spence and Mohindru for some control. At 70 for 0 after 10, the game was alive, and with credit to Basingstoke, even after the impressive spence bagan working his way through the order, the run rate never climbed above 6 and over until the final few. Spence was on fire, tossing in the moon ball and showing great control on a bunsen burner of a wicket. Noble behind the stumps had a tough afternoon, but rescued it with two fine stumpings and a smart run out of the dangerous lampkin with the help of some unusually cool thinking from Granger. As the game reached the crucial point, Granger was brough back into the attack, with devastating consequesces. Marshall and Pearson were quickly removed, and Windsor had taken home the spoils with over 8 overs to go.