Windsor 2’s 156
Burnham 3’s 160-9 (Borland 5-39)
Windsor 2’s remain winless in 2012 but for the 2nd time this season could not have come closer to breaking their duck. Winning the toss with a good looking deck, Windsor elected to bat with the emphasis on the top order to make the bulk of the runs, however after 16 overs with the score on 47-5, it looked once again as if a batting collapse would cost Windsor dearly. However pumped up vice captain Mark Lines had other ideas and he and the recalled Ryan Doye stabalised the innings and moved the score along with some scortching cuts and drives, especially from Lines. However, when both were dismissed as Windsor came past the 100 mark it needed the tail again to put up some resistance and Borland and Hill in particular managed to nudge Windsor past the 150 mark to be all out in the 50th over for 156.
It was sensed that this may not be enough, but Borland put paid to this with a devastating opening spell in which both openers struggled to deal with his pace and a number of very sharp catches being put down in the slip cordon, however the breakthrough’s came and Burnham were reduced to 70-5. Peacock and Chambers combined to keep the pressure on although some dogged resistance from Burnham kept them interested. At 140-7 it was very much game on especially when this came 142-8 after verteran Borg clung onto a flier at third man. However sensible batting saw Burnham edge closer to the target and the spin of Channa couldn’t get the breakthrough. Recalling Peacock and Chambers, the match swung again with Baumgartner taking a stunning catch low down from Peacock leaving Burnham with 10 to get with one wicket in hand. However, a couple of booming drives put paid to Windsor’s hopes of victory although they can take credit in the way they fought, played in a competitive spirit to end a great game of cricket.
Windsor take on fellow strugglers Ruislip at Home Park on Saturday and although at the halfway point of the season you get sense that this has to be a match which they take the majority of the points from.