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Hodgson: The King of the Swingers

Saturday 29th July 2006

Hurst 2’s 188 all out; 51.2 Overs (Murphy 64; Hodgson 6-86)
Windsor 3’s 191 for 6; 37 Overs (Ashraf 66)

A very impressive all-round performance saw Windsor 2nd XI gain a valuable 20 point victory on Saturday at Hurst.

Having lost the toss Windsor were forced to bowl in high temperatures but started well and backed up by tight fielding managed to keep Hurst’s openers to only 8 runs off the first seven overs and that pressure brought the first wicket when Wigley made a difficult catch at 2nd slip look easy off the bowling of Hodgson.

Hodgson’s tight bowling was well supported by Endacott and Wigley as Windsor continued to frustrate the Hurst batsmen. Hurst managed a slow 3rd wicket partnership but two wickets in two overs turned the screw even further. First a good catch at gully by Murray gave Wigley a wicket who then snaffled another good slip catch off the bowling of Hodgson to get rid of the Hurst opener and dangerman Murphy for 68.

After Lloyd had taken his 2nd catch of the innings behind the stumps, Windsor continued to fight for every run and the bowling was being backed up by some excellent fielding including good run saving work by Ashraf and Doys, who then took a magnificent catch in the deep to get rid of one of the main dangermen and keep Windsor on top.

Following a tight spell from Wigley, Malik’s leg spin entered the attack and despite conceding a few runs in his first over soon settled into a nice rhythm which yielded a deserved wicket as Windsor kept chipping away at the Hurst batsmen.

Hodgson picked up his 6th wicket in his 26th and final over after deceiving the Hurst tail-ender with a slower ball in between two run outs which ended the Hurst innings 4 balls early as they were dismissed for 188, a total Windsor could be proud of in the circumstances. A magnificent fielding effort kept the score below 200 and Windsor were confident of getting the 189 runs needed to win.

Despite losing Doye for a duck Rodwell and Ashraf settled the innings with a positive 70+ partnership until Rodwell was out for 44 after some impressive boundaries, but Ashraf continued his form and survived a strong appeal for a bat-pad catch to score an impressive 66 including one big straight six until he was bowled by a ball which kept very low. Following his dismissal Max Murray kept the Windsor innings together with a composed 48no and despite losing a few late wickets Windsor crossed the finishing line with over 15 overs to spare. A very pleasing win to which everyone can say they contributed.

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