WINDSOR have recorded their fourth successive win in Division 2A this season after a 10-wicket victory over Kidmore End on Saturday.

The Home Park-based club have strengthened their position at the top of the table in recent weeks and this represents their biggest win of the season so far.

Kidmore won the toss and elected to bat first, but they failed to capitalise and were all out for 148 after 40.2 overs. Opener Jack Leach (38) and number three Jeff Sheldon (33) built good foundations for themselves but could not go on to get a big score.

Michael Chambers (4-32) and Matthew Lazarczuk (3-19) were the pick of the Windsor bowlers, while other wickets fell to Thomas Hartridge and Jamie Hall (both 1-25) plus Adam Allan-Turner (1-44).

In response, the home side easily picked off the runs, closing on 151-0 after 23 overs with Kristan Baumgartner (60*) and James Hawkes (86*) both unbeaten at the crease.

Calem Taylor (0-17) and Umer Faroqi (0-28) were the best of the Kidmore bowlers, but it was an easy win for Allen-Turner and his side.

The Windsor captain told the Observer: “It was a hot day and we thought 250-270 would be a good score to keep them to, and they got off to a reasonable start. We bowled reasonably well but they had set themselves up for a big score.

“Then Michael and Matthew came on as a partnership and took seven wickets for 30-odd runs, and changed the game for us. 150 runs was never going to be enough on that pitch.

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PHOTO: Kristan Baumgartner hit 60* as Windsor won at Home Park.

“Matthew had been away for a couple of weeks but he’s our only spin bowler, so I threw the ball to him and he got a double-wicket maiden in his first over.”

Allen-Turner continued: “We were always confident of chasing and even their players said 270 was a par score on a flat wicket.

“James and Kristan batted really well to knock the runs off and it was a pleasure to watch.

“Kristan has been brilliant. He has hit three half-centuries in a row for us. He sets the tone early on and it’s really good to watch.

“He scores at a good run rate so it puts pressure on opposition bowlers and less on our lower order batsmen, so it’s easier to win games.

“Kidmore had to keep the field up so there were opportunities to score. They were not taking wickets and couldn’t put any pressure on, so it was pretty comfortable.

“We didn’t expect it to be as easy as that and had Kidmore got more runs we thought we would be in for a good run chase.”

Windsor are away to seventh-placed Eversley this Saturday and Allen-Turner expects more of the same.

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PHOTO: James Hawkes shows off his variety of shots on Saturday.

He said: “We’ve not played them too many times but I know they have a South African who is playing pretty well, so he’s one to keep an eye on.

“But, we’re playing with a lot more consistency so I expect us to go and play our game and for nothing to change.”

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