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FCCL Division 2: Horwood romp to nine-wicket victory

Great Horwood continued their winning run with a 9 wicket victory over Eggerton Foresters.
Skipper Stuart Parker won the toss and elected to take to the field at Nash Road. Adam Armitage, Billy Harper and Olly Prendergast picked up 2 wickets apiece and pick of the bowlers, Haydon Morrison, grabbed 3 as the visitors were restricted to 124-9 from their 40 overs.

Dale Armitage

In reply Stuart Parker and Dale Armitage shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 123 and finished unbeaten on 49 and 56 respectively, to see Horwood to victory in just 22.1 overs.

FCCL Division 2: Horwood secure maximum points

After losing the toss and being asked to field, Stuart Parker’s  Great Horwood side bowled tightly and with precision, to dismiss Cranfield University for 96 in 37 overs.

Pick of the bowlers were Simon Ridgway with 3 for 13 from his nine overs and Haydon Morrison with 3 for 16 from six.

Haydon Morrison


In reply, Parker and Sam Willett were dismissed for 16 and 10 respectively, and it was left to Dale Armitage (33 not out) and Olly Prendergast (17 not out) to see Horwood home to a 25 point victory.


FCCL Division 2 – Horwood host Cranfield University at Nash Road

Stuart Parker has named his side as Great Horwood take on Cranfield University, in their first game of the season at their Nash Road ground.

Glyn Davies is unavailable and Billy Harper is carrying an injury, so Haydon Morrison comes into the side, along with new signing John O’Grady, who impressed for the 2nds last week.

Great Horwood: Stuart Parker (Capt), Adam Armitage, Dale Armitage, Sam Krajnk, Chris McStraw, Haydon Morrison, John O’Grady, Olly Prendergast, Simon Ridgway, Robbie Taylor, Sam Willett.


FCCL Division 2 – Horwood opener comes to a soggy end!

Great Horwood’s opening fixture against Soulbury Village CC came to an abrupt end when the heavens opened last weekend.

Stuart Parker’s side won the toss and after electing to take to the field, they restricted to Soulbury to just 123 all out in 37.2 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Simon Ridgway with 3 for 16 from his 9 over spell.


Simon Ridgway

Horwood’s innings only lasted for 4.4 overs before the game was abandoned following a torrential downpour, with the score on 5 without loss.


FCCL Div 5: Horwood 2nd XI continue winning ways

Great Horwood 2nd XI continued their good form from the opening day of the season with a seven-run victory over Buckland & Aston Clinton CC.

Tom Amies top scored with 36 and the pick of the bowlers were Andy Gilder four for 20 and John O’Grady three for 16.

Tom Amies



FCCL D2: Parker set to lead Horwood for new campaign

Great Horwood skipper Stuart Parker has spoken to Sports Shots as his side head to Soulbury for their Four Counties League, Division 2 curtain-raiser.

Stuart Parker

Parker told Sports Shots:

This year we will be playing in the FCCL Division 2 and to be honest I have no idea what to expect, as the majority of the sides in the division are unknown to us. After relegation last year we will be hoping to have a more successful campaign this time around and hopefully the years’ experience of playing a slightly shorter format will put us in better shape from the start this year.

Last year we started slowly and struggled to adapt against sides who played a much more aggressive style than we had been used to in the OCA.

Squad wise we have picked up a couple of new players who have moved to the area, but it will be predominantly the same group of players who were with us last year. I will be looking to give some promising youngsters some more opportunities in the 1st X1 this season and hopefully they can put in some performances to back up their potential.

We begin at Soulbury on Saturday (4th May), who won Division 3 last year.

Great Horwood: Stuart Parker (Captain), Adam Armitage, Dale Armitage, Glyn Davies, Ben Harper, Sam Krajnk, Chris Mcstraw,
Olly Prendergast, Simon Ridgway, Robbie Taylor, Sam Willett

FCCL; Great Horwood CC fixtures released

The Four Counties Cricket League fixtures have been announced, and Great Horwood begin their assault on Division Two on Saturday 4th May 2019 at Soulbury Village with a 1.30pm start.

These two sides were two divisions apart last season, Soulbury winning the Division Three championship whilst Horwood were relegated from Division One, their inaugural season in the league itself.

Soulbury have in fact been promoted every season for the past four years, having started in Division Six back in 2015 finishing third they went up to finish runners-up the following year. This was followed by finishing runners-up again the following season in Division Four before last year pipping Cranfield to that title by just two points.

Horwood begin their home campaign the following weekend with the visit of the other promoted side Cranfield University, on Saturday 11th May again with a 1.30pm start.

The full list of teams that Great Horwood will face this season is:

Aspley Guise CC (West Hill, Aspley Guise, MK17 8DX)

Cranfield University CC (College Road, Wharley End, MK43 0AL)

Eggington Foresters CC (Mill Road, Eggington, LU7 9HX)

Harlington CC (Sundon Road, Harlington, LU5 6LS)

New City (MK) CC (Marsh Drive, Great Linford, MK14 5AP)

Newport Pagnell CC (Willen Road, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0DF)

North Crawley CC (High Street, North Crawley, MK16 9LH)

Printers CC (High Street, Great Linford, MK14 5AX)

Soulbury Village CC (Stewkley Road, Soulbury, LU7 0DF)

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FCCL; Great Horwood CC see out season with a win at New City (MK)

New City (MK) – 117 all out off 30.1 overs (5 points)

Great Horwood – 118 for 8 off 31.2 overs (25 points)

Great Horwood won their final game of the Four Counties Cricket League Division One season on Saturday and in the process relegated their hosts New City along with themselves, and the final league table shows both sides only needed to win one more game through the season to have stayed up. In a ten team division, the bottom half of the table were separated by just thirty-three points and with twenty-five points for a win the final positions reveal just how tight this league was but ultimately Horwood will start next season in Division Two.

Dale Armitage took 4-28

The home side chose to bat first after winning the toss, and lost two early wickets when Josh Nix bowled Dharmesh Mistry for four, and Billy Harper skittled out Viral Shah without scoring to leave the hosts 6-2. Jay Singadia & Yash Tailor settled to add twenty-one to the score before Haydon Morrison caught Tailor off the bowling of stand-in skipper Dale Armitage, which triggered three wickets falling with no further runs being added.

Jacobus Barnard went for a golden duck, and Vishal Naik lasted just two balls ahead of being caught by Nix off the captain again; Singadia was then joined by Mihir Choksi and they added fourteen until the former was caught & bowled by the same bowler. Manjit Singh made 10 off eight balls before he was caught by Alex Gilder off Robby Taylor, but the home side then dug in and frustrated the Horwood bowlers.

Choksi and Jai Dave added 21 before Taylor trapped Choksi LBW on 22, Shalin Parikh came to the crease and a further 16 runs were added to the New City score until Dave was given LBW to Neil Taylor. The final wicket was the most difficult to remove, Parikh was joined by Jaco Theron and they made 28 till Theron was caught to end the innings. Armitage the best of the bowlers taking 4-28 off his nine overs.

Sam Willett & Haydon Morrison opened for Horwood and made 20 until they were both removed in successive overs by Jaco Theron & Jay Singadia respectively, bringing together Ken Cronshaw & Alex Gilder and their partnership was worth a superb 40 before the latter was bowled by Shalin Parikh, who proved to be the away sides top scorer with 26 which included five boundaries.

Alex Gilder top scored

Just 4 runs later Cronshaw was caught by Vishal Naik but Dale Armitage was now in bat and keeping calm, Josh Nix was bowled on his second ball by Manjit Singh and Horwood were now 72-5, still forty-six runs short of their target. But the captain teamed up with Simon Ridgway and they were worth 24 between them till Ridgway was caught by Theron off Viral Shah with his score on twelve.

Billy Harper came to the crease and was to remain unbeaten, Armitage finally out when he was caught & bowled by Shah for 16, but his innings lasted fifty minutes which was more valuable to the result. Chris McStraw faced just two balls until he was trapped LBW by Shah, but Robby Taylor came out to pair up with Harper and the pair saw their side home with a partnership worth 11, Viral Shah the best of the City bowlers with 3-21 off his five overs.

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FCCL D1; Great Horwood CC skipper Stuart Parker reflects back over season and final game

Great Horwood end their season on Saturday with a trip to New City (Milton Keynes) and despite already being relegated themselves go into the game knowing they can still contribute towards to the other relegation place which is currently occupied by their hosts, who need to win and hope either New Bradwell or Eaton Bray lose and pick up minimal bonus points in their quest to stay in Four Counties Cricket League Division One.

Stuart Parker in action for Horwood

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to reflect upon what has been a very difficult season in a new league, and first we asked just how disappointing an end to the season it has been?

Yes the last few weeks have been disappointing, we have struggled to get a consistent team out with numerous changes each week and that has proven costly for us

So what had the club expected from joining the FCCL?

If I’m totally honest I think the whole club has been surprised at the strength of the division, in particular the batting of sides. The reduction in overs to 40 from 45 that we had in the OCA has resulted in a more aggressive approach from sides that wasn’t often the case last year

In a very tight league where does Stuart feel Horwood haven’t competed?

I think we have showed we can compete, we have beaten some of the better sides, sometimes comfortably as well!!

Unfortunately we lost a couple of close games to sides around us at the bottom, and we’ve also struggled to get some of our better players out on the field as much as we needed to due to a number of players having young families now. But as they say, the table never lies come the end of the season and we know we haven’t been good enough

Robby Taylor

We asked the skipper if there was anything he could have done differently to change results?

Scored more runs and taken more wickets ha ha!

Going back to mid-season we were on a good run, myself & Sam Willett were both scoring runs heavily & Robby Taylor in particular was bowling as well as he ever has for the club, with Olly Prendergast taking regular wickets, but unfortunately a dip in form recently saw us on the wrong end of results

So what are the plans over the winter ahead of next season?

We will start winter nets in February next year and aim to keep the current squad together, maybe adding one or two new faces along the way

And what’s been the hardest part as captain?

Struggling to get out our best eleven regularly enough, if in fact at all!!

Although the club is in a much stronger position than it was twelve months ago which is a massive positive, with the second team not having to cancel a single game this season

Sam Willett

Tough game on Saturday in Milton Keynes, same approach as any other game?

I am missing the game due to being away, but the lads can go and play now with no pressure, and hopefully that will help

And finally, how confident are the club of bouncing straight back next season?

We had a number of young lads join us this season and probably Division One came a little too early for them, but hopefully next season with them all being a year older and having that first season under their belts, we will be able to involve them in the first team more often and see them fulfil their potential in the second division. So maybe relegation isn’t a bad thing after all!!!

Team for Saturday:

D Armitage (c)

K Cronshaw

Al Gilder

B Harper

C McStraw

H Morrison

J Nix

S Ridgway

N Taylor

R Taylor

S Willett

Sports Shots would like to thank Stuart for his time not only this week, but for every week of this season for his previews and team lists.

FCCL; Great Horwood beaten by Thurleigh to confirm relegation

Great Horwood – 160 all out off 28.4 overs (7 points)

Thurleigh – 189 for 9 off 31 overs (25 points)

Great Horwood were beaten at home on Saturday by Thurleigh in a result that see’s the club relegated from the Four Counties Cricket League Division One with one game left to play. A difficult season for Stuart Parkers men sees them now confirmed as relegated despite a mid-season revival that saw them pick up in form, however Saturday’s defeat makes it five successive losses and now the club prepare for life in Division Two next season. The home side reduced Thurleigh to 189 in their allotted overs which included a superb 5’fer for Robby Taylor, however a steady start for Horwood soon turned into wickets tumbling and they fell short by twenty-nine runs.

A rain affected match saw the overs per side reduced from forty down to thirty-one with Horwood winning the toss & putting their visitors into bat, and Taylor made the early breakthrough with the wicket of Chris Wood with just 6 on the scoreboard. But from there Robert Stean & Martin Bennett took control and a magnificent partnership of 104 saw them take control of the game, Stean falling just shy of his half century to Haydon Morrison, Andy Milne coming in didn’t score as Simon Ridgway had him caught by Alex Gilder, before the pairing of Bennett & Brody Willerton added a further 44 to the Thurleigh score.

Robby Taylor took 5 wickets

Willerton fell to Ridgway with his score on 22, and just ten runs later Bennett was bowled by Taylor with his score on a superb 84, and from there quick succession wickets fell as Clive Franklin failed to score, Gary Armstrong made 7 before he was caught and bowled by Taylor, Danny Barford failed to score and the final wicket fell to Dale Armitage when Ian Simmons was caught by Taylor. The final pair of batsmen added ten runs before the end of the innings to set the hosts 190 to win. Taylor ended with figures of 5 wickets for 28 runs off his 7 overs, Ridgway with 2 and Armitage & Morrison with a single wicket apiece.

The home side opened with Haydon Morrison & Sam Willett who made a positive start reaching 39 before the former was caught by Andy Milne off the bowling of Brody Willerton with his score on 26. Captain Stuart Parker came in but failed to score soon after, and when Willett was run out with his score on 28 the scoreboard read 50-3, but a thirty-seven partnership between Glyn Davies & Dale Armitage steadied the ship until Davies was bowled by Milne for 15. Simon Ridgway made 3 before he was seen off by Milne, but Dale Armitage battled on to reach 32 before he was caught by Gary Armstrong off the bowling of Robert Stean.

Dale Armitage top scored with 32

Two further very quick wickets fell when Ken Cronshaw & Alex Gilder were both caught off Stean to leave Horwood 130-8, but Olly Prendergast & Sam Krajnyk did well to add a further 26 to the score before the former fell to Willerton with his score on 19, and just four runs later it was all over when Krajnyk was caught by Wood off Stean for 14. Stean ending with figures of 4 wickets for 27 runs off 5.4 overs, team mate Willerton took 3 for 13 off his 6 overs & Milne ending with a brace off seven overs.

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