Great Horwood 1st X1 travel to play Westcott away at Willen Cricket Ground Saturday 1:30 start.
Horwood will be looking to get their first win in this new league after last week’s abandonment against Olney Town. They are buoyed by the return of captain Stuart Parker and opening bowler Adam Armitage who plays his first game of the season.
Young 15 year old wicketkeeper Robbie Smith retains his place after impressing last week.
Great Horwood progressed comfortably into the 3rd round of the National Village Cup on Sunday afternoon (13th May) as they beat Whitchurch by 175 runs.
After losing the toss Horwood were asked to bat first on a green wicket. Openers Stuart Parker and Alex Gilder began in watchful mode as the pitch displayed inconsistent bounce and progressed to 36 without loss after 10 overs. Parker began to dominate the partnership as the run rate increased and they moved the score onto 81 after 23 overs when Gilder was dismissed for a patient but important 27. Dale Armitage joined Parker and they added a further 69 runs together in the next 10 overs as the run rate increased before Armitage was caught for 39. Parker had passed 50 and was joined by Gregg Saunders who hit a brisk 7 but it was Simon Ridgway who hit a quick fire 36 and together with Parker who brought up his 100 they pushed the total up to 231 from their allotted 40 overs. Parker finished unbeaten on 104.
In reply Whitchurch tried to get off to a quick start but 3 early wickets from Robby Taylor put Horwood well on top as he took 3-16. Gregg Saunders picket up a wicket and then youngster Owen Davies bowled superbly as he took 3-8 as wickets tumbled regularly.
Olly Prendergast and Andrew Ellison picked up a wicket each as Whitchurch were bowled out in just 15 overs for 56 to give Horwood a comfortable victory.
Horwood now travel too play Stoke Green on Sunday May 27th in the next round.
Great Horwood suffered a disappointing start to their Four Counties Cricket Division One campaign as they suffered a narrow 25 run defeat at Elstow CC.
After losing the toss Elstow made a solid start as their openers shared an impressive opening stand of 120 before Simon Ridgway eventually made the breakthrough. With 13 overs still to bat Elstow looked like posting an impressive score, however Horwood fought back and started picking up regular wickets to stop the flow of runs. Robby Taylor and Dale Armitage picked up 2 wickets apiece and spinner Olly Prendergast grabbed 3 as Elstow collapsed to 178 all out and give Horwood a par score to chase.
The Horwood reply got off to a terrible start though with Sam Willet (5) out in the 2nd over, closely followed by Dale Armitage (7) Alex Gilder (1) and captain Parker (7) to leave the visitors reeling at 29-4.
Glyn Davies was looking in good touch though and finding the boundary at regular ease. Two further wickets left Horwood 49-6 and it wasn’t until Prendergast joined Davies that the innings gathered any momentum. The pair added 66 for the 7th wicket before Prendergast was caught for 21. Davies passed 50 and continued to play aggressively but struggled for any further support. He was eventually last man out for a very good 77 but despite his efforts the innings ended on 153 all out with 6 overs still remaining.
Horwood 2nds also suffered defeat by 19 runs at home to Wilden.
Bowling first Owen Davies (3-20) was the pick of the bowlers as they restricted the visitors to 131-7.
In reply Robert Smith (40) and William Bridgman (31*) were the main contributors but saw their side dismissed for 112.
Great Horwood are delighted to announce a new principal kit sponsor of The Crown Bar and Restaurant in the village.
Sean Walsh, Landlord at The Crown Bar & Restaurant, flanked by Alan Sirett (left) and Stuart Parker of Great Horwood Cricket Club.
A traditional, family run, Buckinghamshire village pub, situated behind the church and overlooking the village green in the picturesque village of Great Horwood, The Crown provides a good range of quality cask ales, fine wines and freshly prepared food using locally sourced ingredients and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We would very much like to invite you to our cosy village pub, and children and dogs are most welcome, so bring the whole family.
The club would like to thank Sean and Sara Walsh, the Landlord and Landlady, for their generous gesture.
Horwood begin their new era in the Four Counties Cricket League this weekend as both teams get their season underway. After an influx of new players the club will be looking for a successful campaign.
The first team are missing a few key players for the first game in Josh Nix, Adam Armitage, Jonno Waugh and Haydon Morrison which will test their bowling department in particular, against the side who finished 3rd last season.
This weekends teams:
First team to play away at Elstow 13:30
S Parker (c)
G Davies (wk)
2nd team to Play at home v Wilden 13:30:
Andy Gilder (c)
K Smith (wk)
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.