THOMAS Hartridge starred as Windsor beat Maidenhead & Bray by eight wickets on Saturday to go top of Thames Valley Division 2A.

Hartridge, 27, claimed a hat-trick in his figures of 4-34 from six overs to take his wickets tally for the season to 15 in five matches.

The seam bowler helped to bowl out Maidenhead & Bray for 139 in 36.2 overs. Jamie Hall claimed 3-23 and Adam Allen-Turner 2-28.

Kieran Gray top-scored for the away side with a half-century (51) and he was backed up by Sam Murray (34).

Windsor skipper Allen-Turner told the Observer: “We lost the toss on a good batting pitch but Tom bowled brilliantly and took a hat-trick in his second over. It was a very good start and he set the tone for the rest of the match.

“We were always on top after that. We kept on taking wickets and held our catches. We were always building pressure really well and never let them get away.

“Their total was well below par so I was very happy with the bowling. Jamie and Tom bowled very well and I felt it was a good all-round performance.

“Our best bowling performance this season was against Kew but this was second best.”

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PHOTO: Thomas Hartridge (centre) celebrates his hat-trick ball.

Windsor reached 142-2 after 20.2 overs for the win thanks to 76 by Kristan Baumgartner at the top of the order and an unbeaten 47 from new overseas star Saranga Rajaguru.

Faizal Aziz (1-26) and Ashley Becker (1-45) were the pick of the Maidenhead bowlers.

Allen-Turner commented: “We were always in control and Kris batted brilliantly. He and James Hawkes (6) had a good opening partnership and we always looked like winning.

“We never gave away a chance and Saranga came in and hit a few big sixes as well.”

He added: “Being top is always a nice place to be but irrelevant at this stage. Kew beat North Maidenhead so it’s tight at the top at the moment.

“All we can do is focus on ourselves and keep on winning games of cricket.”

Windsor are away to seventh in the table Chesham 2s this Saturday (1pm).

Allen-Turner said: "We beat them twice two seasons ago but they're a good young side. It's a nice place to go and play cricket so I'm looking forward to it."

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