2nd XI Saturday

Late collapse hands Eversley win

By July 11, 2006 No Comments
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Eversley 270-8 (Saville 107, Parks 51)
Windsor 235 (Smith 60)

Over 500 runs were scored on Saturday at the Home Park with all three results possible for 95% of the game. Eversley won the toss and elect to bat and got off to a rapid start taking on the openers Edge and Birch had smashing 60 off the first 8 overs. A double bowling change saw the pace taken off the ball with Abe Smith and Rob Hodgson bowling in tandem and although the breakthrough came the momentum was certainly with Eversley. Continuing to play their shots Windsor had no real answer and with Saville passing 50 although wickets were falling, the runs kept coming on the lightening fast outfield. With 10 overs to go Eversley passed the 200 mark and with wickets in hand Saville and Parks accelerated the scoring using up all 52 overs to post an intimidating 270.

Windsor replied in steady fashion with Huggins and Noble seeing off the new ball threat although both were disappointed to be removed after making starts. Abe Smith accelerated the scoring keeping Windsor up with the rate although the real stand of the game came with Tim Smith and Oliver Birch who dominated the bowling and putting on a 100 partnership looked to have put Windsor in control as brutal hitting by Smith in particular, passing 50 on the way saw Windsor requiring 5 an over with 11 overs to go and 6 wickets in hand. However, Smith was undone by one that stayed low from Parks and Birch fell for 48 the next over suddenly the game opened up. However, chasing the runs there then followed a collapse of epic proportions as Woodward, Griffiths, Edge and Hodgson all went without scoring in the space of 4 overs and suddenly Eversley had wrapped up the points with 4 overs to go.

A very disappointing result for Windsor who at the least should have escaped with a comfortable draw and they have a bit to think about as they enter the 2nd half of the season at home to Newbury next week.

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