WINDSOR 8/151 47 overs
In Windsors first trial of the season they played reasonable cricket to just fall short against the 2008 Middlesex 3rd Division Champions Egham at Egham on Saturday.
Skipper, Wes Nichols won the toss and exlected to bowl on a sluggish wicket where opening bowlers Kemp (0/23) and Condon (1/23) did well in their first hit out. Great support was provided by Hartridge (1/20) who managed to get a few to kick on the dour deck and Malloch (2/16), who in his first bowl looked great.
Windsor spin attack minus Ben Harris, who is due back this week did well on the slow surfice as Lines (2/16), Nichols (2/16) and Mohindru (0/23) all contained opposition batsmen well while chipping on for a few wickets no break any real partnerships.
The fielding was exceptional, save for a few glitches that are to be expected this early into the season and the skipper was elated with the effort put in by all.
Chasing the 164 was expected to be easy and Windsor got off to a great start until after a Birch (20) off drive, the brand new ball was gobbled up by a dog! this brought on the older ball as a replacement, and Windsor really struggled with the slower pace. There where a few partnerships though as Malik (20), Nichols (26), San Jose (22) and Riches (16*) all got starts but struggled to take advatage on the difficult surface and thus just falling short of the total.
It was a pleasing first hit out for the side that looks better than 2008 already. With the side missing players like Millman, Bird, Chorley, Huggins, Harris and Gregory the younger lads proved that their losses will not be felt in the short term as Windsor looks to began a new era and challenge for the TVL Div 2 title…