Will Harris become next Windsor star?
By Rob Stevens • Published 18 May 2012 07:00 0 Comments
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Windsor Cricket Club captain Adam Weston
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WINDSOR's challenge for the Thames Valley Cricket League Division 2a title this summer could be inspired by the club's new opening batsmen Luke Patchet and Will Harris.
Patchet has joined the Home Park based side as the latest overseas talent while Harris has rocketed through the ranks and into the first team aged just 15.
And captain Adam Weston heaped praise on his new look opening duo after Saturday's comfortable six wicket win at rivals North Maidenhead.
Windsor finished runners-up to Marlow last season and, despite losing young star Ben Harris to Gerrards Cross, got their new title challenge off to the perfect start at Summerleaze Road.
After winning the toss and electing to field last season's leading wicket taker Rahul Mohindru combined with Aussie Wes Nichols to bowl out North Maidenhead for just 108.
Weston told the Observer: "We got a couple of early wickets which put the game in the balance and they threw away a few too."
Windsor's reply got off to a blistering start when Patchet sent the very first ball over the ropes for six while Harris showed excellent composure to keep the score ticking over at the other end.
Patchet was eventually dismissed for 43 while teenager Harris steered Windsor to victory with an unbeaten 29.
Weston continued: "It certainly ended up comfortable in the end.
"We opened up with our overseas and 15-year-old Harris who batted through the innings which helped.
"Luke has settled in very well and has hit his first ball for six every week so far.
"Will had a couple of games in the first XI during pre-season and I was very impressed with his temperament to bat through the innings."
Weston, however, is expecting a tougher challenge this Saturday when early league leaders Eversley visit Home Park (1pm start).
Eversley cruised to an 88-run win against Basingstoke & North Hants 2nds last weekend where Simon Mugava, a former first class bowler in his native Zimbabwe, took 8-20.
Weston added: "We normally have pretty close games with Eversley and have got the better of them in recent years, so we are probably due a defeat.
"Things are going to be more difficult now they've got a first class Zimbabwian."