The sun shone for the much-awaited derby against neighbours Eton College. Skipper Kai Ziemkendorf won the toss and decided to see what the Eton batsmen had to offer. The answer was unfortunately quite a lot! Despite an accurate spell from the skipper, some testing deliveries from Mutahir Imran and some Yorkers from Will Smith the hosting side reached an impressed 157 from their 20 overs. The home side were in a positive mood on the eve of their last day of school. They were keen to finish with a convincing win. Posting a total of almost 8 an over would take some chasing. Surely the Windsor team could not even get close, or could they …
The plan was simple, get to 50 from the first 10 overs with wickets in hand and go from there. Kai and Will who had also opened the bowling also did so with the willow. Both young men played some textbook shots to make early double figures individually. Unfortunately Will was deceived by the flight from a hugely impressive off spinner and Kai got caught on the boundary playing a big shot. Enter Freddie (not Flintoff) Fearnley. Freddie constantly asked the umpire for the required run rate. He showed maturity in managing both his and his partner’s approach of the target. Freddie is a real talent. He has a natural eye and an array of shots. He hit 4 sixes and 10 fours in his unbeaten knock of 84. This is one of the best innings I have seen from a young man of this age. It reminded me of a century that Harry Jordan hit 3 years ago.
Despite finishing 14 runs short the boys put up a fantastic fight. For a team to get so close to a very strong Eton side is an outstanding achievement. The boys are a cracking unit. There are several 1st XI cricketers in the making and the team as a whole has matured no end. I look forward to seeing them develop in future.