Windsor 105 (Patchett 36)
Beaconsfield 107 (Hill 27-3, Kellard 39-3)
It was the same old story of a lack of runs that once again saw Windsor’s downfall against top of the league Beaconsfield. Losing the toss and being asked to bat first Windsor literally raced out of the blocks and in the 13th over were 51 without loss mainly thanks to the smash and grab hitting of Luke Patchett playing his final game for Windsor before heading back to his native Australia. However, when he was given out to a harsh looking LBW, Windsor then collapsed without much of a fight. Only Kevin Das looked in any sort of form hitting an assured 21 before being run out but everyone else capitulated, hitting some very good looking 5’s and coaching perfect 7’s, but none actually looked like they were going to knuckle down and build an innings and after 42 overs Windsor had surrendered to 105 all out.
The bowling however has been a different story and with the old ball the leg spin of Chris Kellard and rejuvenated pace of Alex Hill, backed up by some great intensity and in the field and a sublime display of wicket keeping by Jamie Tuthill saw Beconsfield reduced to an astonishing 28-6 in the 16th over. However, Sullivan & Slade kept their calm heads and to be fair they are someway better than the usual 7 & 8 batsmen you would see in Division 4. Neither really gave any chances as Windsor rotated their bowling looking for the breakthrough as they completed the run chase in the 38th over. Another 100 runs however which is what Windsor should, and have the talent to have scored, may well have put that chase beyond them.
Windsor remain bottom, now some 27 points adrift from safety. Lets home the cavalry can come over the hill in the nick of time to save what so far has been a terrible season.
Re: About the Author- Chris Edge. It will be the 2nd autobiography by a Windsor player, after ex Windsor seamer Warren Griffith’s 2003 epic ‘ Nobsey, I’m not being fu**ing funny’ hit WH Smiths almost a decade ago.