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Innings victory for Twenty20 Cricket Academy "A" team in Windsor

The Twenty20 Cricket Academy "A" team completed a convincing innings victory over the Berkshire Youth Cricket League Representative XI at Windsor this week.

Losing the toss and being put into the field, the Academy team bowled some tight lines on a slow pitch with some variable bounce.

The home team quickly found themselves 22-4 with great bowling from Sam Partridge and late call up Ed Marsh. However, a solid 21 from captain Will Moss attempted to the glue the innings back together but the Academy team continued to make inroads as the Berkshire team's run rate barely crept above 1.

Moss was eventually 8th out with the score on 55 and 2 overs later they were all out for just 56.

Sam Partridge was the pick of the bowling attack, taking 5-9 off 8.4 overs but ably supported by the other bowlers and some great fielding.

The Academy openers made batting look a little easier, putting on 43 for the first wicket before Alex Yates was out. Joe Barker than tapped a full toss back to the bowler but Bhuv Chopra came in and smashed the bowling to all parts scoring 20 at more than a run a ball before tamely and uncharacteristically tapping the ball back to the bowler.

Rafe Worsfold played arguably his best innings of the summer so far, scoring a fluent 33 before cutting to gully but at 133-6 the Academy team felt they were comfortably int the ascendancy on a 150 par wicket. 

There followed a length delay for the thunderstorms and some light rain however just over an hour's play was still to be played in the final session.

Captain Nathan Jones came in at 8 and hit 3 sixes and 5 fours in a 28 ball 50, ending up on 51 not out when he declared the innings closed on 199-7. Ben Storey chipped in with a solid 27, rotating the strike well to keep Jones on strike.

Given 40 minutes to hold out the Berkshire innings started badly with opener Chandra catastrophically run out without facing a ball and further wicket falling to Partridge again as they ended the first day 2 down.

Overnight rain left the wicket a little tacky but comfortably playable at the start of day two, however the over cautious groundsman decided to make both teams wait until 1.15pm before re-start despite the sun baking down on the wicket all morning. At least it gave the groundstaff useful (unexpected?!) time to work on the same square all morning in preparation for their crucial 3rd/4th XI match two days later.

The reduced time in the game, coupled with the threat of more storms by mid-afternoon added a strong sense of tension to the final day as the Twenty20 Academy gradually chipped away, taking early wickets but once again being held up by captain Moss who ended 5 not out of 98 balls providing a superb lesson in patience.

However, his team mates, barring under 11 and number 11 Yuvraj Sanga who made a fantastic 11 (something about 11?), failed to stick around for very long as Nathan Jones 3-12 and Ed Marsh 4-13 ran through the Berkshire line up.

A great performance from the Academy team showing patience at the right times and a great team spirit.


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