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Cookham Dean and Windsor struggling to field strongest teams in Julian Cup semi-final

Cookham Dean and Windsor will both be scratching around, trying to scrape together a team for tonight’s (Thursday) twice-postponed Julian Cup semi-final at Burnham CC.

Both captains admitted this week they were struggling to put out their strongest sides for a semi-final that’s been pushed back twice by poor weather in a summer of almost constant sunshine.

Both Ben Millar of The Dean and Windsor’s Adam Allen-Turner know there’s nothing they can do to control the weather but they will hope their sides can exert a measure of control in tonight’s semi-final, with Burnham waiting in Tuesday’s final at Boyne Hill.

However, Millar, speaking yesterday (Wednesday), admitted he was perplexed by the Julian Cup committee’s decision not to schedule the match last week during a fine and sustained period of good weather.

“I don’t quite know why it wasn’t played the previous week,” said Millar.

“You could see that the weather was set fair last week so I can’t understand why we didn’t play it then.

“By not doing that you leave it open to this scenario. It’s frustrating because every time it gets called off it’s harder to get a side out. Some of the guys have to leave London early and they come back to find it’s all off and they’ve got to do it all again.

“We’ll have to scrape a team together for tomorrow night but I’m sure we’ll get something on the pitch.”

He added: “There was no point in delaying it but it will be interesting to see what kind of side Windsor get out for it because we’ll be missing a few for sure.”

Allen-Turner will be seeking solace in this year’s Julian Cup after Windsor were docked 65 points for fielding an ineligible player during their TVL Division 2A matches, effectively ruining their promotion chances.

However, he’s also struggling to pull together a side for tonight’s match.

“We’ve got 10 at the moment but are struggling a little bit,” he said.

“That said we should be alright. I wouldn’t say that we’ll have a strong side out but that’s just the way it is with the weather.

“People have things planned that they can’t get out of.

“When matches are called off people have other things to do on the other nights.

“We just have to accept that’s the way it is. We’ll go there with whatever team we have and we’ll try to win the match.

“I don’t know if you can read too much into league form.

“If, like us, Cookham Dean have a mixed bag of players then you can’t go off league form. It’s a different format and will come down to who plays best with the bat and takes their catches.”

Burnham, who comfortably saw off Windsor by 43 runs in the other semi-final at Stoke Green last week, lie in wait for one of the two teams in the final at Boyne Hill on Tuesday.

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