SATURDAY JUNE 21ST
SLOUGH 3RD XI 272 – 5 DECLARED
WINDSOR 3RDXI 155 ALL OUT
SLOUGH WON BY 117 RUNS
Windsor travelled the short distance to close neighbours Slough on
Saturday and were put to the sword by a swashbuckling display of batting.
Opting to bat first, Slough accumulated a colossal 272 off only 48 overs as
Windsor’s bowlers suffered a severe case of meltdown in the summer heat.
Windsor made a couple of initial breakthroughs as young debutant Ollie
Smith took a fine low catch behind the stumps and Kevin Clifford pulled off
a stunning one handed slip catch. Things were looking promising for the
Royalists as Slough were 15-2. Thereafter, the runs flowed like champagne
at Royal Ascot. Despite numerous attempts to cork the flow, it soon turned
into a torrent and Windsor made their weary way to tea facing a formidable
272 – 5.
Despite a positive response, Windsor lost wickets on a regular basis
and were never in the race. Rob Dawson (30), Damian Bradbury (42) and Andy
Wigley (29) all attempted to push Windsor to a respectable total, but they
were ultimately soundly beaten by a superior Slough team.
The performances of the youngsters, Ollie Smith & Umer Malik, were huge
bonuses on a day when Windsor’s shortcomings were cruelly exposed by a
ruthless Slough XI.