Great Horwood Cricket Club began their winter nets just under two weeks ago with a very impressive 28 players showing up as the club embarks on a new challenge this season with a very positive vibe around the club.
The Club have decided to leave the OCA after 20 years and have this year opted to play in the Four Counties Cricket League. After a tough season last year particularly for the 2nd X1, which saw them cancel 6 games, the OCA refused the 2nd X1 entry into the league structure for the 2018 season. Despite two separate appeals the OCA refused to overturn their decision so this led to the club exploring other options.
After meeting with the FCCL committee Great Horwood explained that they were prepared to bring both teams over if the divisions were adequate for the standard they were looking for. The FCCL have been very compromising to which the club is very grateful and placed the first team straight into the top division based on the strength of recent years performance in the OCA. The 2nd X1 have been placed in Division 5.
The winter has seen a number of new players arrive to the club, most of whom played in Twyford 2nds and 3rd X1 last season and were looking for a new challenge. Most of these are young 16/17 year olds with many of them being involved in the county set up for their ages so really enhances the standard at the club for the forthcoming season. A number of the parents have also come across and will add plenty of experience and ability as well. One other notable new face see’s Jonno Waugh return after being out with knee ligament damage for the past 2 seasons. The South African bowler will be a welcome addition to the squad this season.
The 1st X1 will again be captained by Stuart Parker with Dale Armitage appointed as Vice-captain. The club have also opted to re-enter the Buckingham Midweek League after a year out and will also take part in the National Village Cup for the first time in 15 years. The recent draw from Lords saw them given an away tie at Whitchurch on Sunday 13th May in the first round.
Pre-season practice continues with Nets every Friday evening 6:30 – 8pm at the Sir Thomas Freemantle School up until the 23rd March. Any new players welcome and can make contact through the website http://www.greathorwoodcc.co.uk/
Great Horwood Cricket Club statement:
It has been decided that the time is now appropriate for the club to hold a 2nd Extraordinary General Meeting of the Cricket Club.
This meeting will take place on Monday 4th December at 6.30 p.m. in the club pavilion.
Since the first EGM on 20th October 2017 there has been a lot activity going on about the future plans for GHCC 2nd XI.
We are confident now, that the timing is perfect for us to discuss the current situation regarding the future of our 2nd XI for season 2018.
By the evening of the EGM, we should know the following:
The outcome of the 2nd Appeal against the OCA decision to refuse our 2nd XI entry in 2018.
The chairman, club captain and cricket secretary will have attended the AGM of the Four Counties Cricket League on Wednesday 29th November. From this there could be an indication of where we would be placed in the FCCL.
We already know that we can secure a place in the South Northants Cricket League if we want it.
The number of new players willing to join GHCC.
The outcome of this EGM will hopefully achieve the following (possibly more):
A clear picture of the playing numbers and strength for season 2018
A decision on which Saturday league our 2nd XI will play in for season 2018
How we can widen the playing opportunities at the club? E.g. Sunday cricket and/or midweek cricket
How we can build on the opportunities now available to radically broaden our Youth/Junior programme to ensure an ongoing strategy that provides a regular stream of youth players into Senior cricket
How we can re-introduce participation in the Bucks Cricket Board League fixtures
How we work together with our incoming players to ensure a well managed integration into the club that ensures that appropriate cricket opportunities are available to ALL.
How we can continue to attract new members to the playing side of the club to ensure that we put the club back onto firm foundations.
This meeting provides a REAL opportunity for us all to secure and develop the future of our club.
It is important that as many interested parties as possible attend this EGM.
Please make every effort to attend this meeting. This is your chance to play a part in ensuring that your club makes the right decisions that will protect its future.
Great Horwood progressed into the semi final of the Airey Cup on Sunday after another game as Nash Road produced a tense finish as they beat Oxenford by 2 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Horwood lost the toss and were in the field first. Openers Josh Nix and Adam Armitage bowled well without much luck in the early stages as Oxenford reached 50 without loss in the 12th over. Armitage eventually got the breakthrough shortly after with the score 52. This was followed by another quick wicket this time for Dale Armitage. Oxenford passed 100 in the 24th over and looked well set to post a big score with 8 wickets in hand. Robby Taylor got Horwood’s 3rd wicket and the introduction of Haydon Morrison reduced the run rate as he bowled 12 overs taking 2-37 to give Horwood the control they needed as Oxenford were unable to really push on. Nix also returned and his 2nd spell saw him pick up 2 wickets and only concede 16 runs in 6 overs. After 40 overs Oxenford had only progressed to 135-6 adding only 35 in the previous 15 overs as Horwood really got a grip on the game.
Adam Armitage (2-35) returned and picked up another wicket and despite a few late boundaries Oxenford eventually closed on 161-8 from their 45 overs.
In reply Horwood lost Sam Willett early so Dale Armitage joined skipper Stuart Parker at the crease. They took the score past 50 in the 13th over but Armitage fell for 14 shortly after.
Glyn Davies and Parker then began to build another partnership as they added 36 for the 3rd wicket but with the score 91 Davies was caught for 18. Horwood were still in control and Parker reached his 50 as the score went over 100 in the 30th over.
Josh Nix (9) and Chris Mcstraw (9) were both out cheaply though as Oxenford came battling back and with the score 118-5 the game was in the balance.
Just 2 runs later Oxenford then removed Parker for a well made 60 and Oxenford could sense an unlikely victory.
Adam Armitage looked comfortable at the crease but Horwood lost Olly Prendergast and Haydon Morrison cheaply and at 127-8 the game looked to be slipping away. A 9th wicket partnership between Armitage and Gary Lee was to turn into a match winning one though as Armitage hit 18 from 16 balls and Lee 18 from 15 balls to get their side over the line and into the semi final with 11 balls to spare.
The semi final will see Horwood entertain Faringdon on Sunday 6th August.
Today also see’s Horwood entertain Faringdon in the league and on Sunday they travel to Charlbury for The OCA 20/20 finals day.
For the third week in a row Great Horwood were involved in an enthralling game that went right to the wire, as they eventually beat Stonesfield by 3 wickets with 4 balls to spare.
After losing the toss Horwood were asked to field and for the first time this season openers Josh Nix and Adam Armitage were unable to find an early breakthrough, as Stonesfield negotiated the first 10 overs adding 40 runs. It was the introduction of Dale Armitage that got Horwood into the game as he was introduced early and picked up the first wicket in his 2nd over and followed this up with a second in his next over to reduce Stonesfield to 42-2.
A 3rd wicket partnership of 67 saw Stonesfield pass 100 in the 28th over until Haydon Morrison grabbed his 1st wicket of the day. Horwood, and Morrison in particular, were able to continue to pick up wickets on a regular basis to stem the Stonesfield flow in the latter overs as he finished with 5-40 from his 12 overs, aided by four catches from Dale Armitage.
There was also a further wicket for Dale Armitage (3-41) and one apiece for Nix and Adam Armitage as Stonesfield were all out in the last over for 173.
In reply Horwood openers Stuart Parker and Sam Willett got the innings off to a comfortable start as they shared an opening stand of 96 in 24 overs and Horwood looked to be cruising to victory. However Parker was caught for 31 and Willet fell four overs later for 55 and with the score just over 100 there was still work to do. Dale Armitage looked comfortable however Morrison fell cheaply and Nix then went for 15 and Horwood were 144-4 with 8 overs remaining. Armitage was then given out in controversial fashion to leave the game in the balance.
Chris Mcstraw was at the crease and after seeing his side home the previous week again looked in control. Despite losing Olly Prendergast and Adam Armitage, McStraw was able too see his side home for the 2nd week in a row as he finished with 15 not out as Simon Gale got the boundary Horwood required in the final over.
This weekend Horwood are without a game Saturday but entertain Oxenford in the Airey Cup quarter final at Nash Road on Sunday.
Great Horwood travelled to Oxenford last Saturday and for the second week running were involved in a nail biting finish but this time managed to come away victorious by 2 wickets.
Oxenford won the toss and elected to bat first but found runs hard to come by against opening bowlers Adam Armitage and Josh Nix, the latter making a breakthrough in his first over. Armitage then claimed his first victim and after 15 overs the score was 45-2.
At this point Haydon Morrison (2-40) and Rob Taylor were introduced to the attack and both picked up a wicket early in their spells and continued to stem the flow of runs as Oxenford struggled to gain any momentum. The 100 eventually came up in the 33rd over with 5 wickets down. As they tried to increase the rate Horwood were able to continue to pick up wickets as Nix returned to finish with 3-43 and Taylor also claimed the last 2 victims and finished with 3-33 as Oxenford were all out for 155.
Horwood knew a good start would ease any nerves chasing a relatively small total, however the usually reliable opening partnership of Stuart Parker and Sam Willet were both dismissed early, followed by Dale Armitage to leave Horwood reeling at 17-3. Olly Prendergast was promoted to number 4 to try and steady things and produced his best innings for the club as with Morrison he shared a 4th wicket partnership of 43 until Morrison was dismissed for 15 to leave the score 60-4. Josh Nix then joined Prendergast and blasted a quick 21 but when he was bowled, followed by Krajnk in quick succession Horwood were in trouble at 93-6. Prendergast looked in control and to be taking his side to victory until he was caught to a terrific catch on the boundary for a very good 45.
A mix up saw Adam Armitage run out to leave Horwood 8 down with 43 runs still required.
This brought Chris Mcstraw and Rob Taylor together in what would prove the match winning partnership. The pair batted superbly together, with Horwood well ahead of the run rate they played sensibly, rotating the strike and dismissing the bad ball as they saw their side home to a tense victory with 8 overs to spare. Mcstraw finished unbeaten on 26 and Taylor 19 not out.
This Saturday Horwood entertain Stonesfield at Nash Road.
Great Horwood suffered a 6 wicket defeat at Wolvercote on Saturday.
After winning the toss Horwood opted to bat first and openers Stuart Parker and Sam Willett set about building a platform for the innings as they shared a partnership of 87 in the first 25 overs so with 20 overs remaining Horwood were well set to post a decent score. Willet fell first for 39 and Parker then fell shortly after for 47 and Horwood were unable to get the momentum required in the final overs despite 17 from Glyn Davies and 15 from Chris Mcstraw. The innings fell a little flat and Horwood closed on 161-8.
Wolvercote followed suit as there openers also got their innings off to a steady start with a partnership of 49 when Adam Armitage got the breakthrough in the 16th over. Horwood were able to stem the flow of runs as Wolvercote only managed to add 36 in the next 15 overs and when Dale Armitage picked up 2 wickets in 2 balls they were well in the game, so after 30 overs the score was 85-3.
Wickets in hand proved to be vital though as Wolvercote were able to chance their arm in the final 15 overs and even another wicket from Dale Armitage couldn’t prevent them reaching their total with 2 overs to spare.
Great Horwood enjoyed victories for both their sides without entering the field of play on Saturday.
The first team progressed into the quarter-finals of the Airey Cup with a walkover against Clifton Hampden. Stuart Parker’s side will now host Oxenford in the last eight.
Airey Cup – Quarter Final draw
Great Horwood v Oxenford
Faringdon v Stonesfield
Eynsham v Chipping Norton
Wolvercote v E&W Hendred
Horwood’s second string also gained maximum points after Kennington were unable to raise a side in their OCA, Division 5 encounter.
Great Horwood skipper Stuart Parker will make just the one change to his starting eleven as Yarnton & Cowley visit Nash Road tomorrow.
Glyn Davies returns in place of Kevin Smith, who broke a finger keeping wicket.
S. Parker (c)
G. Davies (wk)
Great Horwood had a day to forget as they suffered a 50-run defeat at Charlbury in the OCA, Division 1 on Saturday.
Haydon Morrison (four for 16) was the pick of the bowlers as Horwood restricted Charlbury to 115 all out.
The visitors batting never fired as they were dismissed for 65 all out. Adam Armitage (16) top scoring at the number 9 berth.
Great Horwood head to face a Charlbury side who have won their first two games this season.
With Glyn Davies unavailable to travel, Kevin Smith comes into the side.
This Saturday’s team:
S. Parker (c)