Alldiss and George put Windsor to the sword.
Windsor 234 for 8 52 overs (Bird 86, Dick 3 for 68)
Datchet 235 for 2 42 overs (Alldiss 101, George 88*)
Playing their first league game of the season that has not been affected by rain, Windsor won the toss and elected to bat on a very hard and dry looking track. Bird and Davis started well and took the attack to the Datchet bowlers, with both batsmen playing commanding shots of the back and front foot, before Davis chipped an easy catch to mid wicket to be dismissed for 36. In form Andy Towse and Bird continued to play their shots before Bird was adjudged lbw for 86, trying to drive the accurate spin of Dick. Windsor then lost wickets and momentum due to poor shot selection and suicidal running between the wickets. However, the lower order once again stood up to be counted and Windsor managed to reach 234-8, which after being 162-4 was disappointing and 30 runs short of what they had hoped. James Dick was the pick of the Datchet bowlers, with a well-deserved 3-68.
Windsor opted to open with spin and seam and took the old ball, hoping that veteran spinner Mohindru would be able to get some assistance from the wicket. This initial pairing worked well, and Datchet found themselves on 62-1 after 18 overs with the pressure mounting. Mirza’s leg spin was then brought into the attack; where upon the turning point of the match occurred. Opening batsmen George was missed twice in one over due to a dropped catch and missed run out. Windsor feels that this would have greatly changed the game, as this would have exposed the Datchet middle order, which Windsor backed themselves to go through. However, both George and Alldiss made Windsor pay for these mistakes, with Alldiss playing one of the best knocks seen at the home park for a few seasons. Windsor had no answers to the Datchet skipper who treated all bowlers with disdain and seem able to smash boundaries at will. Alldiss, who could easily play at a much higher standard, did not give a single chance during his innings and went on to smash a faultless 101, before playing-on to the part time spin of Towse. George continued to stand firm and saw the Datchet innings home to finish unbeaten on 88. Although Windsor suffered a sound beating, Datchet only made 9 more points than them in this game, which again highlights the inadequacies of the league points system.
This week, a changed Windsor side travel to Basingstoke, with former skipper Des Watkins and new signing Saj Shafi coming into the side. However, Windsor skipper, Warren Griffiths, will be out for some time due to a stress fracture of the lower back. Vice Captain, Craig Bird, takes over in his place