Great Horwood CC – 236-7 off 40 overs
Newport Pagnell CC – 123 all out off 38.2 overs
Great Horwood got the win they needed against Newport Pagnell to win the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two title on Saturday, promotion was confirmed very early in the second innings as the visitor’s lost early wickets, the game then slowed down and Horwood toiled in the late summer sunshine as they found it hard going trying to break down a resolute Newport middle order but the introduction of Simon Ridgway helped them complete the job with ten balls to spare. An excellent innings from the champions elect had set their guests a target of two hundred & thirty-seven to win, despite an intervention for twenty minutes or so of rain the game lost no overs and either side of the break a superb partnership of ninety from Sam Willett & Adam Armitage including a half century from the former that helped push that target out of their opponents reach, Paul Braddy making eighty for the away side being their only batsmen to reach double figures.
Newport won the toss & decided to field removing opener Haydon Morrison second ball followed soon by Dale Armitage being bowled by Dan Broad to leave the home side twenty-four for two, but Sam Krajnyk came in to share a good fifty partnership with his skipper Stuart Parker before being run out when on twenty-two, without any further runs being added Parker soon followed after being given lbw. Simon Ridgway and Willett then made forty-five until the former was bowled by Broad which brought Armitage to the crease and he along with the Horwood wicket keeper found boundaries at a regular pace, but the players were forced off as a little light rain soon turned much heavier and the covers were brought on with the score on one hundred & fifty-seven for five.
Despite the conditions the two batsmen carried on where they’d left off once play resumed, Willett passed his fifty & Armitage hit eight boundaries in his forty-nine runs until he was caught trying to smash another six, Chris McStraw came in to partner Willett and almost immediately hit the ball over the clubhouse as the runs continued, Willett was finally caught with penultimate ball of the innings with his score on seventy-six. The pick of the Newport bowling saw Tom Anderson finish with three wickets for sixty-one runs off his eight overs, Broad took two for twenty-eight off nine.
Adam Armitage made the early breakthrough as Joe Ramscar edged to Ridgway with just two runs on the board, ten more later it was two down as Adam Weafer found McStraw in the slips off Billy Harper, with that wicket promotion was at least secured as the minimum six bonus points were reached. Tom Anderson was then caught by Morrison off Armitage & a change of attack saw Stuart Van Rooyen caught by Armitage off the bowling of Rob Taylor, but from thirty-four for four Newport dug in and Braddy scored regularly in a partnership with Gareth Strangwood who only made eight himself but the pairing was worth fifty-six as they frustrated the home side.
Ridgway was introduced to the ball & removed Strangwood’s bails to finally break the pairing, Sam Chapman alongside Braddy helped the score on by a further nineteen until he was also bowled, from there the home side took control. Josh Riekie failed to score as Ridgway claimed his third wicket, Broad made six before he went the same way & Kevin Ellis was caught by McStraw off Morrison leaving just one more wicket needed to confirm the title for the home side. As the wickets were falling Braddy batted brilliantly for his eighty, which included twelve boundaries along the way but in the penultimate over of the game Morrison removed his bails to conclude the season for Great Horwood as champions. Ridgway was the pick of the bowling with four for twenty-six off his nine overs, Adam Armitage & Morrison both ended with a brace apiece, as the champagne corks popped at the end Stuart Parker’s men were looking forward to Division One cricket again next season.
Match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851388
Final league table: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83514
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