Three’s come back from brink
Saturday 26th August
Windsor 3’s 139 all out; 39.3 Overs (Dawson 57)
Wooburn Narkovians 136 all out; 43.3 Overs (Wigley 6 for 25)
With the top of the table exceptionally closed, Windsor 3’s played second placed Wooburn last Saturday in an important promotion clash.
On a sticky, green quagmire, Windsor batted first and were in immediate difficulties losing Ashraf, Murray and Noble cheaply in the early overs, leaving veteran Dawson stranded at the non-strikers end. Whilst the score did tick along, so the wickets mounted up and only a large partnership by Hartridge and Dawson saw Windsor past 100. Hartridge, an aggressive young batsman lived and eventually died by the sword, particularly aggressive on the back foot through the leg-side. When Dawson was finally dismissed for 57, the Windsor tail fold meekly and the tame caught and bowled of the final wicket signified a below par batting performance.
Wooburn in reply looked to be aggressive from the word go and despite some good bowling from Hartridge, who picked up some early wickets, they were seemingly cruising to the target with relative ease. Windsor skipper Noble rummaged through his bag of tricks, striving to find the right formula, using Lines, Endacott and Hodgson on the way.
When defeat loomed large, it would prove though to be the veteran swing of Andy Wigley who would change things around as bowling from the river end, he began to make breakthroughs. Wooburn went from 110 for 3 to 120 for 8 in next to no time and coupled with Hodgson, the Wigley tore through the batting line-up. Wooburn lost their 9th wicket as the score hit 130 and tension began to mount. Near missed run-outs, close lbw’s all acted as a precursor to the final dismissal by Wigley to win the game. The raucous scenes after such a huge win were enough to stop the game on the 1st team pitch for a moment, as Windsor 3’s re-opened the promotion race.
With the fourth team already promoted, the incentive for the third team is now clear at Windsor. Gain promotion or play in parallel leagues next season. A final push over the next two games will see success or failure and the six point gap to Wooburn is now a reasonable target to push for.