WINDSOR captain Kristan Baumgartner has hailed his bowling attack for their impressive work in the draw at Eversley on Saturday.

Baumgartner smashed his second century of the season (126 from 87 balls) but thought their total of 230 all out was an under-par score on a batting friendly pitch at Eversley Cross.

However, the bowlers responded with the perfect line and length to give nothing away. Eversley eventually having to shut up shop at 188-7 in order to avoid defeat.

Baumgartner told the Observer: “I thought the match would be a draw because the pitch was a batting paradise so it was an unexpected result.

“I won the toss and chose to bat first and we made a fantastic start on a very good pitch in a small ground.

“We got off to a good start with James Hawkes (32) at the other end. He was flying along and we were well on our way to another 100 partnership when he got out.

“We then lost a clump of wickets for not many runs. I was seeing the ball alright but had to apply myself, and Austin Ambrose (27) batted really well in the anchor role. He rotated well and looked to ge me on strike.

“It’s because of him that we were able to get 230 runs when maybe our other batsman let us down a little bit.”

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: Windsor batsman James Hawkes is hit in the midrift in the draw at Eversley on Saturday.

He continued: “I thought we were a few runs short so told the guys that and, to be fair, they took that on board and bowled fantastically well.

“I would have liked to have put on 280 or close to 300. That would have been a good score on the pitch, but the bowling from the guys was a credit to them.

“Eversley average about 250 runs this season so are clearly a very good batting team, but our bowlers were fantastic. We bowled really tight and took important wickets to keep the pressure on.

“Eversley struggled to get us away and we didn’t give them a chance to get anywhere near the total. We definitely did a fantastic job.

“We bowled the perfect line and length to stop Eversley from establishing themselves and keep us in the winning position.

“I never settle for a draw and always want to keep the pressure on to win games.

“We were in a position to win but there was nothing in the pitch for us late on, plus Eversley shut up shop and didn’t take any risks.”

The draw means Windsor remain in sixth position in Division 2A ahead of a visit to Home Park from Kidmore End this Saturday (1pm).

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: Windsor batsman James Hawkes made 32 runs before he was clean bowled by Chris Last.

Baumgartner commented: "We had some convincing wins against them last season so will be confident going into the game.

"We have a good record against them but we will not be complacent because their position in the league table shows that they're a good side.

"We will not be cocky and treat them with respect. We will go out and look to be effective with both bat and ball."

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