ADAM Allen-Turner believes Windsor produced one of their best bowling performances for years in a 75-run win at Kew on Saturday.

Both clubs were relegated from Division One last season and new Windsor skipper Allen-Turner wants to rebuild for a crack at the Division 2A title this year.

Despite fears that his team travelled “slightly under-cooked”, Allen-Turner could not have asked for a better start, making 203 all out before skittling Kew for 128.

He told the Observer: “I wasn’t expecting too much considering our overseas player isn’t here yet and training got rained off in the week.

“Obviously Kew were strong last year. They beat us twice comfortably and only went down on points deduction.

“We won a crucial toss because the ball was always going to be uneven in the second innings.

“We all got going but gave away a few wickets quite easy. We batted well, and at a good run rate, but I thought we were about 40 runs light.

“Batting first was a big help because the ball came on to the bat well and it was not a big ground.”

Allen-Turner continued: “We were very disciplined with our bowling and took wickets at key times.

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PHOTO: Tom Hartridge recorded figures of 1-19 from eight overs against Kew on Saturday.

“It was the best bowling performance I’ve seen in five years for a first game of the season. I can’t fault the effort from everyone.

“Kew have got good players but we took wickets and got their best players out. We claimed two golden ducks and Tom Hartridge only went for 19 runs.

“It was certainly not a 120-run pitch but Kew were not very disciplined and we took wickets at crucial times which really helped us.

“Whenever they tried to score or build a partnership we took a wicket.”

Commenting on his aims for the season, Allen-Turner said: "In the two years we have gone up, we've gone straight down again, and things did not go right last year.

"We're not trying to win the league but we will have a good crack at it and look to re-build so, when we can go up again, we can stay there.

"Take last year as a good example, we've got to learn from it and go from there."

Windsor welcome Bagshot to Home Park this Saturday and Allen-Turner hopes his men can make home advantage count.

He said: "When we won the league two years ago when didn't lose a home game.

"We always play well on our own pitch. I can't remember the last time we were hammered on our own pitch.

"I'm hoping we can make it a little more batting friendly and hopefully it will turn for our overseas leg spinner as well."

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