U14 Cricket vs Furze Platt – 5.6.18

Windsor won the toss and decided to bat first against the local rivals Furze Platt. Their member of staff’s eyes lit up when he observed the quality of the pitch. He said “blimey this looks like Perth.” From the outset skipper Charlie Dunnett and Josh Jayasingha pounced on any inaccurate deliveries.  That was until Josh was a little early playing a shot through midwicket and was caught for 12.  Zain Ishaq then accompanied Charlie and the two built an impressive partnership. The boys ran superbly between the wickets and put pressure on the opposing fielders.

The boys drove superbly to full length balls and cut and pulled those short of a length. Charlie in particular played some shots that would not look out of place in a textbook or in a County Championship match. The boys lost only one wicket and posted an outstanding total of 189 from their allotted 20 overs.  Zain finished on 53 not out, Charlie on 110 not out - the most complete innings I have seen at this level, he combined talent with patience in what was an unbelievable knock.

The Maidenhead side now faced the daunting target of 190 to win. Jordan Talia opened the bowling and restricted their openers to very few scoring opportunities. The Windsor Boys fielded well and made the batsmen work for every run. Wickets slowly began to fall and the huge chase looked more and more out of grasp.  The Furze Platt number 3 batsmen Mr Dilly played some wonderful shots in his innings of 35.  He was then caught trying to play a huge shot over midwicket.  The visitors stuck at the task and reached a total of 98.

Charlie Dunnett needs particular mention.  Not only did he bat with class way beyond his years but he also captained the side with a modesty and maturity you will rarely see at this level. It was suggested that Charlie not bowl. He said he had not expected to after his knock. He managed to give the remaining 10 players a bowl (even the wicket keeper) and allow his teammates to make their contributions in what was a fantastic win on a superb pitch as ever at Stovell. He has been representing Middlesex U15 recently.  He has a great future ahead of him.

Mr A Paul