Princes Risborough 154 for 9; 52 Overs (Awan 4 for 21, Kellard 3 for 40)
Windsor 2’s 156 for 2; 30.1 Overs (Davis 81*, Chana 45)
After a tough loss the previous week, Windsor 2’s returned to league action with a trip to league new-boys Princes Risborough. Under glorious skies and on a picturesque ground, skipper Davis loss the toss and was asked to bowl first.
Princes got off to a fantastic start as Witney and Brooker took advantage of some loose bowling and the fast outfield. Princes reached 50 without loss after the 14th over. A double change in bowling paid dividends for Windsor as first Awan and then Kellard made inroads into the Princes order. Then followed a period attritional cricket from Windsor as they completely starved Princes of runs, cutting the run rate to under 2 an over for the next 20 overs. Awan took 3 wickets for under 10 runs over a period of 7 overs and took the game away from the home side. Chambers returned to the attack in place of Awan and his extra pace paid dividends as he too took two wickets. Despite a late flurry from the Princes tail, Windsor remained on top and restricted the home side to just 154 off their 52 overs.
Windsor’s reply got off to a poor start as Baumgartner found the leading edge trying to force the old ball to leg and was caught at mid wicket. Davis joined Chana and the pair dug in as they tried to build a partnership. With both surviving sharp chances, a flurry of boundaries saw the innings suddenly create impetuous and Windsor began to charge towards the target. With the new ball taken in an attempt to change the game, it only worked in Windsor’s favour as Chana and Davis found form with the harder ball. Only a cruel deflection by the bowler from a Davis straight drive would claim Chana’s wicket, as he was run out at the bowlers end after a fine 80 run partnership. Malik joined the skipper and the pair continued to drive Windsor home. Davis passed fifty and did not look back as Windsor ran to victory in the 31st over, claiming a fine 8 wicket win.
It was good to return to winning ways for Windsor 2’s, especially as the teams around them in the table also won. This weekend sees the visit of BA to Home Park for a crucial clash between 1st and 3rd. Windsor will need to be on top form for them to continue on the winning trail.