AFTER defeat to an exceptionally strong Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) team in 2018, The Windsor Boys' School were keen to right the record books and register a fourth win in eight years in 2019.

For new

MCC

captain and former Beaconsfield first team player, Jon Mahood, selection was simple. With a pool of over 70 applicants to choose from the standard of players was high, most with either professional or premier league experience under their belt.

Windsor Boys'

captain Ismail Nazir lost the toss and MCC chose to bat first on a highly-competitive early season wicket.

The signs looked promising for Windsor as opening bowlers Charlie Dunnett and Ziya Mohamed began to move through the gears with pace and movement. The latter took one of two wickets to leave MCC 42-2 after 15 overs.

The MCC began to raise their game, playing shots all around the wicket, with David Heavyside from Beaconsfield top scoring with 33 runs in a rain-affected innings that ended on 163-4 after 42 overs.

Michael Gould and current student Dunnett opened the batting for Windsor after lunch. Gould raced to 11 from seven balls before lobbing on up to mid-off and Dunnett was caught on the back foot by Dickenson for two.

This triggered some nerves amongst the middle order with Khanna (8), Nazir (2) and Ahmed (5) hardly troubling the scores, leaving Windsor on 54-5.

This brought Alumnus and Boyne Hill first team player Mohamed together at the crease with Year 10 student and Royal Ascot first team player, Josh Jayasingh.

Mohamed had clearly seen enough of the MCC bowling attack as he began dispatching balls to all parts in an aggressive 62 from 56 balls.

Jayasingh played an innings which embodied maturity beyond his years (six from 27 balls) as he ably supported Mohamed in a vital partnership of 30 at a time when the momentum was with the MCC side.

An unfortunate run out marked the end of Jayasingh's innings.

After three move overs, where fellow Year 10 student Zain Ishaq supported Mohamed, the heavens opened, leaving Windsor on 104-7 and robbing both teams of the win they were keenly pushing for.