Hurricane Houghton Strikes Down Bagshot
Saturday 8th July
Bagshot III 232 for 7; 51.1 overs (Rice 63, Clark 60)
Windsor IV 233 for 6; 43.3 overs (Houghton 89*)
Windsor IVs went into this match with a full squad and were looking for a win against top of the table rivals Bagshot. Bagshot won the toss and decided to bat. They started well and it took some time for the wickets to come. Ben Lewis made the break through with an in-swinging Yorker and he soon picked up a second with the same delivery. Bristow took his first wicket as the Bagshot player dragged the ball back onto his stumps. Bagshot started to look shaky but N. Rice played well and steadied their innings. Ben Lewis struck again thanks to a catch from Ric Saunders. Richard Charters was denied a stumping and an LBW due to a couple of very poor decisions, but got a wicket bowling the batsmen off his legs. John Holmes came onto bowl with some terrific pace and bowled N. Rice (63) with a fast, seaming delivery. M. Clark (50) was run out by a direct hit from Ryan Doye and Bagshot declared on 232 – 7 from 51.1 overs.
Windsor openers Saunders (48) and Charters (30) started well and were starting to look comfortable when Charters was caught behind from the bowling of Sutherland. Ric Saunders followed soon after bowled by Sutherland. Dan Brown and Ryan Doye looked to solidify the innings but Doye (4) was given out LBW. Houghton the captain came to the crease knowing that a big innings was needed. Dan Brown tickled one to the keeper, again, off the bowling of Sutherland. Tom Carter hung about for a few overs with Houghton, until he chipped one up for an easy catch. Michael Gegg put in a big innings not scoring many, but defending his wickets valiantly and feeding the strike to Houghton. Gegg (8) finally was bowled after a partnership of 78, leaving Windsor needing only 15 runs to win. John Holmes (8*) and Tim Houghton (89*) saw Windsor home and to another 20 point win.