Windsor CC bowled over by batting collapse
By Rob Stevens • Published 24 May 2012 15:53 0 Comments
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Eversley's Ben Saville was dropped by Windsor wicket keeper Martin Care on his was to an impressive innings of 77 at Home Park.
CAPTAIN Adam Weston insists there should have been 'no other result other than a Windsor win' when Eversley made the trip to Home Park on Saturday.
Windsor restricted the early Thames Valley Cricket League Division 2a leaders to 209 and were 119 without loss in reply before limping to 144-7 and a losing draw.
Victory would have put Weston's side top going into this Saturday's home derby with rivals Datchet but the Aussie skipper admitted a draw was probably the right result.
Eversley were fortunate to put on an opening partnership of 68 after Windsor wicket keeper Marvin Care dropped Ben Saville off the bowling of Wes Nichols, and Nick Tilley failed to hold onto a catch to remove Phil Wise.
Eversley skipper Wise, however, was dismissed the very next ball for 20 when being trapped leg before wicket by Adam Allen-Turner.
Scott Dyer and Simon Edwards failed to trouble the scorers while Saville impressed during an innings of 77 that included eight fours.
Saville and Chris Last (0) were dismissed in quick succession before Gareth Cummings (41*) and new overseas talent Simon Mugava (41*) increased the scoring rate to push Eversley over the 200-mark.
Weston told the Observer: "We had a couple of opportunities with dropped catches early on and probably didn't bowl as well as we could've in the last 15 overs."
Windsor's reply got off to the perfect start when overseas star Luke Patchet and 15-year- old Will Harris (30) put on 119 for the first wicket.
Patchet's scintillating innings of 85 included nine fours and three sixes, one of which landed on the roof of the nearby Windsor Rugby club house.
However, with victory seemingly in their grasp, seven wickets fell for just 25 runs before Nichols (6*) and Care (0*) blocked out the final few overs to secure a disappointing draw for the hosts.
Weston continued: "From 120-0 there's no way there should've been another other result other than a Windsor win.
"Needing 119 off 17 overs with 10 wickets in hand you should definitely win those games from there.
"We had Eversley 140-5, if we had taken a couple of catches we bowl them out for 130-140 and we win the game by 10 (wickets)."
He added: "Fair play to Eversley they bowled very well, played a bit more smart cricket and a draw is probably the right result."
Weston will hope to celebrate his birthday with a Windsor win over rivals Datchet at Home Park this Saturday (1pm).
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