WINDSOR 8/261 (48.5 Overs)
With the league already secure, Windsor travelled to Finchampstead to try and keep their 100% winning record at the venue in the last 4 seasons in tact. With young U/15’s Kris Baumgartner and Jack Barton handed their 1st XI debuts, Windsor lost the toss and had to toil away first on a sublime batting surface.
With Nichols still incapacitated with a knee injury, Malloch and Kemp took the new rock. Malloch (2/55) was great as he probed away outside off stick as at the other end Kemp (2/61) bowled in a very intimidating manner hitting the splice often. The decks played true all day as Pike scored a deserved 100 for the home side as Harris (3/72) toiled away and in the process claimed his 40th league wicket with great support provided younster Barton (0/32) getting in 8 overs and showing in the feild and with the ball what an exciting talent he is.
At the beginning of the season Windsor were a poor batting side. Over the course of the season Windsor have well and truly put that to rest as they shot out of the blocks with Huggins (37) and Birch (27) bringing up 50 in the first 6 overs! U/15 Baumgartner (17) and Weston (52) managed to edge the score closer but the partnership between Harris (37) batting at 6 and Malloch was what pulled the momentum back into Windsors favour after Finch did well to apply the brakes.
As wickets fell the equation became 60 runs in 7 overs, it was good to see Windsors old sparring partner former Datchet skipper Mark Sheppard giving plenty of friendly banter on the sidelines regarding Windsor chances and the apparent embarassment it would feel if they fell flat!! The side was most pleased to prove the journeyman wicketkeeper wrong as Malloch proved a masterclass on finishing an innings scoring 50 runs in the last 5 overs with a massive array of sixes and timed singles and with 1 ball to spare, his partner Barton managed to score the winning runs! Funnily enough Shep wasn’t as chatty after the win, as the skipper was more than happy to let him know!
Bevans knock was all class for a plyer who has tremendous talent and sadly due to injury has not had much of a chance to shine as he otherwise would in Windsors success. There is not a more important player in the first team set up and was great to see him contribute again as he as often done to a Windsor win.
Windsor play host to Datchet next weekend as the friendly local rivals will no doubt want to restore some pride after being comprehensively outplayed by the Windsor side over the course of the season. Win/loss or draw both sides will be sure to have a good drink and celebrate a great season in 2009, as it will be a shame that both sides won’t get a chance to play against each other in 2010.
Fingers crossed Shep may turn up again to spur the Windsor side to another win with his friendly banter from the boundary rope, we may even buy him a beer if he gets us home again!!!