02:00PM, Friday 16 June 2017
OVERSEAS player Saranga Rajaguru completed his first five-wicket haul for the club as Windsor crushed Chesham by 120 runs on Saturday, much to the satisfaction of captain Adam Allen-Turner.
The captain saw his side steadily build a dominant total of 247-7 declared in the 46th over before Rajaguru – who also scored 45 with the bat – was unleashed with the ball, taking 5-54 to leave Chesham all out for 154 runs in less than 38 overs.
This was another warning shot from the club that’s stormed to the top of Division 2A in recent weeks and it appears they’re going to take some stopping.
One side who might be capable of putting a fork in their title charge are Kidmore End, a couple of points behind Windsor after six matches.
The top two sides clash at Home Park tomorrow (Saturday).
“The game plan was to put 250/270 runs on the board as quickly as possible to give ourselves the best possible chance to bowl them out,” said Allen-Turner.
“We thought we might struggle on that wicket, because it played very well, but Saranga took his first five wicket haul.”
Contributions came from most of Windsor’s top order with the most notable knocks those of Kristan Baumgartner (76) and Adam Weston (81), but Allen-Turner afterwards hailed a team effort.
“Everyone did well for us and our run-rate was really high throughout,” he said. “We then took wickets consistently so it was job done really. The guys stuck to the game plan.
“Saranga has done well for us so far. He’s a very good wicket taker and allows us to set an attacking field.
“After we’ve built up some pressure he can come on and if players try to hit him he’ll take wickets. We’ve just got to try and get a good score on the board to give him plenty of runs to bowl at.”
Allen-Turner has said he’s confident Windsor can mount a title challenge, so long as the team plays to its ability, however, he’s wary of the threat posed by Kidmore End.
“It’s going to be a big game,” he said.
“I suppose it’s down to them what they want to achieve this season.
“North Maidenhead and Kew have said they’re trying to get promoted but I don’t know much about Kidmore End. But we know we have to take them seriously because they’ve been winning most of their games comfortably. They’ll be a big threat but we’ll see what we can do to win the game.”
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