WINDSOR captain Kristan Baumgartner believes his side played ‘the perfect game’ in their 253-run win away at Chesham 2s on Saturday.

Windsor were invited to bat first and capitalised on that decision from their hosts to reach 316-3 declared after 39.4 overs.

Opener James Hawkes finished unbeaten on 151 runs in an innings Baumgartner described as the best he had ever seen.

The skipper also made a century (124) before he was clean bowled by Ollie Anderson, while Jeevan Singh added 30 runs batting at number four.

Anderson was the pick of the Chesham bowlers with figures of 2-77, and the other wicket fell to Dilraj Malhi (1-55).

The home team were blown away in response and were bowled out for just 63 runs in 23 overs. Edward Turner made 14 but was the only batsman to reach double figures.

Thomas Hartridge and Mark Lines starred with the ball for Windsor, taking 5-31 and 5-29 respectively.

Baumgartner told the Observer: “I looked at their previous results and although Chesham had been losing matches it has always been close.

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PHOTO: James Hawkes top-scored with 151 not out for Windsor in the 253-run win at Chesham on Saturday.

“I was expecting a tight game so it was a pretty unexpected result at the start of the day.

“Chesham were missing a few people and had some under-15 players in their side, so they were a little under strength and luckily we were able to capitalise.

“We put on 230-odd runs for the first wicket and took the game away from Chesham from the start. We wore them out on a hot day and they never got back into it.

“James and I put on 150 runs at Kew last season and then again in the reverse fixture so we enjoy batting together. When one is hitting the ball and finding our boundary the other tries to get them on strike.

“James looked solid and didn’t give the bowlers a chance so deserved his runs. It was the best I’ve ever seen anyone bat.

“We had enough runs and I wanted to give the bowlers as much time as possible to get the wickets, so I decided to declare.

“I don’t think anyone in this league is capable of batting 60-odd overs in the second innings, and Thomas and Mark did the rest.”

Baumgartner continued: “We took the old ball. I wasn’t sure whether or not that would help but Tom said he was happy to bowl with it.

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PHOTO: Thomas Hartridge claimed a five-wicket-haul (5-31) against Chesham.

“We never let the Chesham batsman get on top and Tom and Mark shared the wickets.

“My job was made easy as I didn’t have a hard decision to make because the guys played the perfect game.

“The energy in the field was great and we took our chances so it was absolutely the perfect result.”

The win means Windsor have moved up two places to fourth position in Division 2A of the Thames Valley Cricket League ahead of a visit to Home Park from Maidenhead & Bray this Saturday.

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