Olney Town – 202-7 off 40 overs (25 points)
Great Horwood – 137 all out off 35 overs (5 points)
Great Horwood were comprehensively beaten at Olney Town on Saturday, set 203 to win they were skittled out for 137 with five overs to spare. Going into the game Olney had won their last three matches whilst Horwood had won three of their last four, but the hosts made the most of batting first and some good middle order partnerships helped the score along, with all nine of their batsmen that made it to the crease scoring. In return the visitors saw skipper Stuart Parker make 42 but then five of his team mates did not score as they came up sixty-five runs short of their target.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat, and Horwood made an early breakthrough when Jeremiah Shields was caught behind off the bowling of Adam Armitage with the score on just 5, but the next three sets of partnerships made 32, 49 & 44 respectively moving Olney onto 130-4.
In that sequence Peter Young hit 39 before Josh Nix struck, Iain Keeping made 32 before the same bowler struck again and Patrick Bull made 35 before falling to Robby Taylor. Two wickets fell for five runs but Paul Gallyot & Stuart Keeping added 35 between them as the latter ended the innings 27 not out. Armitage claimed 3-32 off his 9 overs, with Taylor ending with 2-51 off 9 & Nix 2-34 off 9.
After losing Sam Willett with the Horwood reply on just 8, Parker put on a 51 partnership with Ken Cronshaw to give the visitors a steady start, but once Cronshaw fell with his score on 20 to Iain Keeping the wickets started to fall.
From 59-2 the next five wickets fell for just forty runs, and when Parker eventually fell to David Livermore the runs dried up, and from 75-5 Horwood were reduced to 108-9; Adam Armitage showed show resistance making 28 before being caught. Stuart Keeping was the leading wicket taker for the home side, taking 4-25 off just 6 overs, David Livermore taking 3-22 off his 9.
Match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3368504
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