British Airways 111 All Out; 36.1 Overs (Kellard 5 for 31)
Windsor 2’s 114 for 3, 26 Overs
Returning to Home Park for the first of four games in five weeks, Windsor’s 2nd team hosted British Airways in a top 3 clash in Thames Valley Division 4a. With a win crucial to their title aspirations, Windsor immediately go on the offensive and asked British Airways to bat first, with the hope to putting immediate pressure on their top order.
Windsor’s young opening bowlers were immediately on the spot with Chambers and Thompson (16 and 18 respectively) bowling tight pressured lines. This would have an immediate effect on the normally free scoring BA openers as the dangerous Khan was dismissed for just 2, soon followed by Wahad without scoring. Fellow opener Virdee played within himself as he tried to consolidate the innings with Ambrose, but he too would have a rush of blood and chipped a simple catch to Baumgartner at gully. Ambrose continued to look to take the attack to the bowling immediately attack Kellard as he came into the attack with two fours in the first over, but it was Kellard who would finish the over on top as he bowled the BA keeper around his legs. Wickets then continued to fall to some aggressive shots as BA could not find away to get on top of the Windsor bowling and their imperious fielding. Malik’s fantastic run-out typified the Windsor effort in the field as every half chance was taken and BA would eventually succumb in the 37th over for just 111. Kellard was the pick of the Windsor bowlers with a well deserved 5 for 31, but this was ably support by Chambers with 3 wickets and Thompson with 1.
In reply, with Windsor needing to score 112 to win in 63 overs, BA immediately looked to go on the offensive and put pressure on the Windsor top order. This would seem to be working as first Baumgartner and then Chana fell before the score reached 30. With BA sensing blood, it was down to captain (Davis) and vice-captain (Malik) to sail the Windsor innings towards victory. With the BA bowlers striving for extra pace, the Windsor pair batted well together to blunt the bowling and take Windsor closer to the target. When Davis fell for 36, with the score on 80, Lines joined Malik and the new pair continued in positive fashion as Windsor sailed home to a 7 wicket win.
With this match being the half way stage for the league season, the 17 point difference between the sides in Division 4a before the game would double as a result of the match. After a successful start to the season now complete, Windsor 2’s will look to continue the championship and promotion push this week with Farnham Royal 2’s visit to Home Park.