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So Close Again

Marlow 3rd XI 173 for 8 (52 Overs) Saunders 32, Defrancis, Hudson 23, Khanna 4-12, Martin 4-40.

Windsor 4th XI 163 for 9 (48 Overs) Martin 63, Bullock 21, Saunders 5-52, DeFrancis 4-32.

Result: Draw

It was one of those days again for Windsor. Throwing victory away when almost in their grasp. On a rather tricky sloped pitch, Marlow decided to have a bat after winning the toss. Windsor, who had their 3 main seam bowlers out for this clash, just set about trying to ‘keep things tight’ and ‘see what happens’. The opening pair of skipper Light and Aussie Martin did just that. The first wicket coming from a mistimed shot from opener Hudson, off of Martin, caught by Griffiths. This was typical of how the Marlow innings went. Martin’s tight bowling created pressure which caused them to play rash shots. He finished with superb figures of 4-40. By the time Khanna joined the attack the overs were running out. With his flighty off spin he took 4 quick wickets for just 12 runs runs, to leave Marlow happy with 173-8 after their alotted overs.

Windsor knew chasing 174 on this bumpy pitch would be a tough ask, and they were proved right. Marlow captian, Saunders, took the first 3 Windsor wickets leaving the visting side on 25-3 (10 Overs). This brought the usual opening pair of Martin & Bullock to the creasing. The pairing played both sensibly, but also mixing it up with the odd boundary to keep the score board moving and keep Marlow ‘honest’. The crucial moment came as they reached their century partnership, with Martin holing out on 63, off of young leggie DeFrancis. At this point Windsor needed 49 to win off 13 Overs with 6 wickets in hand. This lead to the now weekly Windsor collapse. Losing 5 wickets for just 27 runs, Windsor limped to 166-9. In the end the grit of Khanna & Griffiths helped the batting side hold on for a draw with a tough 11 needed to win off of the last over.

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