WINDSOR have regained the winning thread in the Thames Valley League with a four-wicket victory at Harefield 2s on Saturday.

Adam Allen-Turner and his side suffered a controversial loss to Hayes last week, but are quickly back on track to stay second in Division 2A.

Harefield won the toss and batted first, reaching 248-8 in their allotted 50 overs. Opener Matthew Lench top-scored with 106 and Will Shepherd added 46, while Tom Hartridge (3-45) and new overseas star Saranga Rajaguru (2-31) were the pick of the Windsor bowlers.

In response, the away team closed on 249-6 for the win with 17 balls to spare. Rajaguru (86) and Vishal Nair (73*) were the leading batsman and put on 93 runs for the fourth wicket. Martin Webb led the Harfield bowling attack with figures of 3-39.

Windsor skipper Allen-Turner told the Observer: “It was a good toss for Harefield to win on a good batting pitch and they started pretty well.

“Fair play to their opener who batted well and got a hundred.

“We slowly dragged them back around 15-20 overs in, then they got going again and I thought they would score 280-300.

“But, they only got 47 runs in the last 10 overs and I think that’s the moment where we won the game because if they had got another 20-30 it would’ve been a very close match.

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PHOTO: Vishal Nair top-scored for Windsor with his unbeaten 73 against Harefield.

“I thought 248 was just below par and even their players said that, so I was reasonably happy with our bowling.

“We had three or four good balls an over then gave away a boundary to release the pressure, but that’s because it was a good batting pitch and we were not quite on our game.”

He continued: “It was a really good run chase, one of the best I’ve seen us do because we were always in control. We ran the singles and hit boundaries when we needed to.

“Well done to Vishal, he batted really well, as did Saranga in his first game. He’s a very good player and will be good for us, on and off the pitch. He will have a big impact on a lot of games this year.

“There were a couple of golden ducks in there which wasn’t ideal but we were only six wickets down in the end. We were always ahead of the run rate at 6.5 an over with wickets in hand.”

Windsor welcome Maidenhead & Bray to Home Park this Saturday and Allen-Turner said: "I don't really know much about them because I've not been available when we've played them. I think I've only played them twice in my time at Windsor.

"They've got some good batsman and young bowlers so I expect them to come at us and play well, but I'm not really bothered about the opposition.

"If we stick to the gameplan and perform then I would back us to beat anyone."

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