09:00AM, Sunday 26 May 2019
The Maidenhead Royals laid down an early season marker with an 16-4 victory over the defending champions, Windsor Knights last week. The Knights won both fixtures last year on the way to the title, so this early season clash was another key test if the Royals want to go one better than last year.
The Royals got off to a quick start, getting the Knights out in the first innings with no score before jumping into a 4-0 lead. That lead was short lived as the Knights responded, levelling the game up and then shutting the Royals out. The 2nd inning turned into the high point for the Champions as the Royals defence got on top and while their usually potent offense did not fully fire. 4-4 quickly became 11-4 with the Royals adding seven runs over the third and fourth inning. The fifth was scoreless between both teams, before the Royals finally put the game to bed in the sixth with five more unanswered runs. It means the Royals stay top of the league going into their bye week.
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