Harefield 2nd XI 117 for 9 off 48 Overs (Mohindru 4 for 25)
Last Saturday saw the much anticipated top of the table clash between Harefield 2’s and Windsor 2’s at The Home Park. After the first game was a wash-out and with little separating them in the league all season, the match proved to as hard fought as was expected. Upon winning the toss, Windsor chose to bat first in an attempt to establish a big score from which to attack for maximum points.
Windsor’s innings started positively and despite the early loss of Chana, McInerny and Davis set about establishing what would surprisingly become the largest partnership of the day. With the score on 74 for 1 off 24 overs, Windsor seemed well set to post a big first innings score. Sadly with the loss of Davis (22) and McInerny (39) in the same over, Windsor quickly lost there way and through a combination of poor batting and running between the wickets, quickly fell to 93 for 5. Malik and Care set about eeking out valuable runs, with Malik in particular playing positive on a what was fast becoming a tough turning wicket. Unfortunately a second run out put paid to the Malik (36) innings and Windsor struggled to a total of 161 for 9 off their 52 overs.
Bowling and fielding would then become the key to Windsor turning this game to their favour, but sadly after performing superbly all season, it appeared that Windsor had saved all their dropped catches for one day. First of all Windsor managed to drop the same Harefield opening batsmen 4 times in 5 overs, but managed to maintain a low run-rate as the visitors struggled to get the innings going. With the old ball and on a turning wicket, Windsor spinners Kellard and Mohindru bowled tightly and saw their pressure pay off as they removed the division’s top batsman (McLeod) to a sharp catch by Borland off Mohindru. Sadly the drops continued and despite still conceding few runs, Windsor seemed determined not to push on and win the game. Wickets then suddenly came in clusters as Thompson first caught two catches and then took two wickets with the ball to put Windsor firmly on the winning trail. With Mohindru continuing to whirl away at the River End, the new ball was given to Borland at the Castle End and with immediate affect took two wickets in an over with his raw pace. Winsdor had 18 balls to take two wickets, but only managed to pick up one of the last ball (which in turn earned an extra point). The game finished as a draw as Harefield reached 118 for 9 off their 48 overs. Mohindru was the pick of the Windsor bowlers with 4 for 25 from 24 overs.
Whilst the result was a stalemate, Windsor had all the chances to win the game and should have taken the opportunities that were available to firmly take control of the division. The batting failed to take a grip on the game when in a a strong position, all the drop catches (9 in all) meant that the bowlers created twice as many chances than they needed to win the game. With five games left, the top of Division 4A is still tight and leaves Windsor in 2nd, 13 points from the top, but only 12 points from 3rd. With a trip to Purley this Saturday, Windsor need to get back to winning ways.