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FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC beat Eggington Foresters as promotion battle kicks on

Eggington Foresters CC – 74 all out off 22 overs
Great Horwood CC – 75-0 off 18 overs

Rob Taylor took 4 wickets

Great Horwood confirmed their position at the top of the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table with this thumping win over Eggington Foresters by ten wickets, the hosts won the toss & elected to bat but were dismissed for just seventy-four runs, Horwood skipper Stuart Parker along with Haydon Morrison knocked off the required runs to take the victory whilst elsewhere Soulbury Village & Printers both lost meaning the league leaders now have a thirty point gap from second place New City (MK) & a further three points off third, with two teams going up at the end of the season it now really is all in Horwood’s hands.

Eggington made a fairly good start with Kabir Khan & Waseem Yaseen who put on twenty before the latter was bowled by Morrison, Raheel Arif came to the crease however was soon c & b by the same bowler & when Khan fell to Rob Taylor for nineteen with the score on thirty-four the visitors were in control. Asif Shah made ten before hitting his own wicket, from there no further batsmen made double figures, Rob Taylor & Haydon Morrison both finishing with four wickets each off their allocated overs, Olly Prendergast also helped put the boot in with a couple of wickets in his two overs.

Horwood rattled off the required runs without loss, Parker finishing thirty not out & Morrison thirty-six, with their nearest rivals all losing or not playing, New City seized upon the opportunity to move into the promotion places; Horwood travel to third bottom North Crawley next weekend and with the lead they have can put some clear daylight between themselves and the chasing pack as games start to run out for those seeking promotion to Division One.

For match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851376
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FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC skipper Egging his side on in title challenge

Great Horwood CC travel to Eggington Foresters on Saturday still perched at the top of the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table, another win here will make it five on the spin as the promotion battle gathers pace. The top five are separated by just thirty-five points, but Horwood are building momentum and will be confident this week against the side that back in May in the reverse fixture set them a target of one hundred & twenty-five which they rattled off for the loss of just a single wicket. Great Horwood have bowlers taking wickets and top order batsmen that are scoring well of late, if they win this week it will really set them up going to second bottom North Crawley next week, then silverware could really be in sight.

Haydon Morrison took 3 wickets last week

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:

Last week was pleasing as they have been on a good run! We lost the toss and with Army (Adam Armitage) running late we had to spend the first seventeen overs in the field with ten men. This also meant Robby (Taylor) had to open the bowling so we knew wickets would be hard to come by!

We didn’t field well, dropping a few catches, but at one point they looked like getting one hundred & sixty plus so to restrict them to one hundred & twenty-nine was a good effort in the end. H (Haydon Morrison) managed to burgle another 3 wickets!

In reply H and I had a good opening partnership of 35 until H was out for eleven, we then lost Dale & Olly quickly and were in a bit of trouble at forty-eight for three. However Sammy (Krajnyk) came in and played his best innings for the club to date, together we were able to rotate the strike regularly and put on eighty-two unbeaten to get us home comfortably!

And the thoughts on this week’s game?

We beat Eggington comfortably at home earlier in the season but they are still a dangerous side and have had some good results but just seem to lack consistency

Over halfway now in the season, how has it been so far?

We are obviously hoping to win the league from here, we have put ourselves in a good position but there are still seven games to go and a lot can happen! Our bowling has been very good all season with all the lads (minus Robby) amongst the wickets!

Our batting is where we need to strengthen moving forward and ensure we are able to post consistent challenging scores

This week’s squad news:

This week we are really struggling with availability which will make the trip to Eggington even harder, no less than six first teamers unavailable! So those of us that are there will all have to perform and hope the lads stepping up can chip in too!

Team:

Stuart Parker

Simon Gale

Sam Krajnyk

Haydon Morrison

Olly Prendergast

Simon Ridgway

Greg Saunders

Deran Taylor

Rob Taylor

Sam Willett

TBC

Start: 1.30pm

FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC win at Cranfield to maintain top spot

Cranfield University CC – 129 all out off 37.1 overs
Great Horwood CC – 130-3 off 34.1 overs

Sam Krajnyk finished 42 not out

Great Horwood won at Cranfield University CC on Saturday to maintain their lead at the top of Division Two in the Four Counties Cricket League. Bowling first they skittled their hosts out for one hundred & twenty-nine with the wickets shared around four separate bowlers, in return Horwood skipper Stuart Parker top scored once again ending fifty-four not out as the visitor’s reached their target for the loss of just three wickets.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat first, an early Billy Harper leg before wicket didn’t disrupt Cranfield initially as Dhritiman Sharma went on to make twenty-four before he was run out, Ashish Chathoth Meethal with fourteen & Rishabh Jain who top scored with thirty-four all looked to be setting a decent target for the away side to chase, however from there only two others made double figures as wickets along with run outs brought a quick close to proceedings. Haydon Morrison finished top wicket taker with three for twenty-five runs off his six overs, closely followed by a couple for Simon Ridgway.

Stuart Parker top scored 54 not out

Parker opened with Morrison and made thirty-five before the latter was bowled by Dileep Goli, Dale Armitage fell lbw just three runs later and ten more then saw Olly Prendergast removed by Vinod Gooneratne, but Sam Krajnyk came in to partner up with his skipper and finished forty-two not out as they put on the eight-two runs required to take victory. Goli ended top wicket taker with two for nineteen off his five point one overs.

For match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851367
League table: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83514

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FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC feel top of Universe’ out in the ‘Field

Great Horwood CC travel to Cranfield University this week-end proudly sitting top of the pile in the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table, although the top five sides are separated by just thirty points meaning none of them can relax just yet. Three successive wins for Horwood since their defeat at then league leaders Printers have seen them leap frog both them & Newport Pagnell to take the lead at the top of the division, this fixture see’s the reverse of the game from early in May where Cranfield were bowled out for just ninety-six & Horwood in reply saw that off with the loss of just two wickets, same again Saturday will be most welcome but Cranfield have won six of their ten league games to date, and a win this week could push them into those top five places.

Sam Willett got Horwood off to good start last week

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:

Another good win which has seen us go top of the league! We batted first and Sam (Willett) got us off to a good start with twenty-eight, Dale then with fifty-one & I with sixty were able to build a partnership of ninety-one which gave us the platform with wickets in hand to increase the rate in the last ten overs. Ridders was able to do that with a quick fire thirty-two and got us up to a decent one hundred & ninety-two for six.

We struggled for early wickets and Soulbury built a few partnerships early on and looked to be on target. Billy (Harper) then picked up a couple of wickets and this helped us get back in the game. The game changed though when Dale got the ball and bowled a great spell taking five for fifteen and they started to fall behind the rate, eventually being dismissed for one hundred & fifty-seven

And the thoughts on this week’s game?

We play Cranfield University this weekend who we beat comfortably at home earlier in the season. However they have won their last six games and clearly have a number of different players now, so we expect another tough game

This week’s squad news:

One change for us this weekend as Haydon (Morrison) returns for Neil Taylor

Team:

Stuart Parker

Adam Armitage

Dale Armitage

Billy Harper

Sam Krajnyk

Haydon Morrison

Chris McStraw

Olly Prendergast

Simon Ridgway

Rob Taylor

Sam Willett

Start: 1.30pm

FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC beat Soulbury Village to go top of the table

Great Horwood CC – 192-6 off forty overs
Soulbury Village CC – 157 all out off 36.1 overs

Dale Armitage made 51 runs and took 5 wickets

Great Horwood went top of the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table on Saturday after beating Soulbury Village, and with Newport Pagnell losing for the second successive week Stuart Parker’s men swapped places although the top five places in the league are now separated by just thirty points. Horwood saw half centuries from both Parker and Dale Armitage help set a target of one hundred & ninety-three for the visitor’s to win, but they were bowled out thanks in the main to Dale Armitage again who claimed a 5’fer, as the away side fell short by thirty-five runs.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first, Parker paired alongside Sam Willett put forty-six on the board before the latter was bowled with his score on twenty-eight, Armitage joined his skipper at the crease in a partnership worth a huge ninety-one runs until Nick Mead removed his bales just as he passed the half century mark, Simon Ridgway & Parker added a further thirty-five until Parker was bowled with his total on sixty. Three further wickets fell in quick succession from there although Ridgway went on to make thirty-two before he was caught, Aamir Butt the best of the bowlers finishing with four wickets for thirty-six runs off his eight overs.

Stuart Parker scored 60 for the hosts

In reply three of the first four Soulbury batsmen reached double figures as they chased down the target, Nadeem Akhtar top scored making thirty-six until he was caught by Parker off the bowling of Billy Harper, but Dale Armitage’s 5’fer ripped through the middle order although Ben Cook hung around to make eighteen, Nick Mead twelve and Andrew McKinnon eleven not out but Armitage’s fifth wicket of the afternoon ended the game in Horwood’s favour, his final figures reading five wickets for just fifteen runs off thirty-one balls.

For match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851391
League table: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83514

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FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC need heart & Soul going into second half of season

The top of the Four Counties Cricket League is now wide open after last week’s results, including Great Horwood CC’s thrilling late win at Newport which saw them move into the top two promotion places. They host Soulbury Village this Saturday and the reverse fixture back in May was rained off but only after the home side had post one hundred & twenty-three runs for Stuart Parker’s men to chase down, but the visitor’s haven’t lost in their last five outings & now sit third and just five points off their hosts, the top four sides separated by just nine points means every ball, every wicket and every run will be crucial heading into the second half of the season.

Olly Prendergast

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:

Somehow we managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Newport were probably on top for most of the day but we managed to come good in the end. We won the toss and opted to bat on what appeared a good batting track, however within five overs we had lost Sam Willett and Dale Armitage to short pitched deliveries that didn’t bounce. Glyn (Davies) and I had to try and steady things, which we managed as we added sixty for the third wicket. Glyn made a good fifty-two but after he was out we were in trouble at ninety-four for six, however Ridders (twenty-four) finally remembered how to hold a bat and along with Chris McStraw and Deran Taylor got us up to a respectable one hundred & sixty-one.

Bowling wise Billy (Harper) suffered an injury early on so was unable to be anywhere near his best, they got off to a steady start but the introduction of Golden Arm Olly (Prendergast) got us two quick wickets. Robby was keeping runs to a minimum only conceding fourteen from his nine overs however Newport then built a partnership and looked sure to reach the target with just twenty needed off six overs and five wickets left! Somehow though Dale produced a super spell at the end, picking up three wickets, and they fell eight runs short!

And the thoughts on this week’s game?

Halfway stage of the season now and we are in a good position being second, two points behind the leaders with a game in hand.

We have played the other top four sides all away, one of whom being this week’s visitors Soulbury who are on a great run of results. The reverse fixture was abandoned halfway through due to rain but they looked a useful side

This week’s squad news:

Glyn is unavailable unfortunately but Army (Adam Armitage) returns. We swap a couple of Taylors too with Deran making way for a slightly more experienced Neil!

Team:

Stuart Parker

Adam Armitage

Dale Armitage

Billy Harper

Sam Krajnyk

Chris McStraw

Ollie Prendergast

Simon Ridgway

Neil Taylor

Rob Taylor

Sam Willett

Start: 1.30pm

FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC snatch thrilling victory at Newport Pagnell CC

Newport Pagnell CC – 153-8 off 40 overs
Great Horwood CC – 161 all out off 39.5 overs

 

Temperatures soared on & off the pitch at Newport on Saturday

29.06.2019

Great Horwood pulled off a remarkable win at Newport Pagnell on Saturday in blistering heat, the home side were left kicking themselves as they really should have seen this game out quite comfortably especially when they only needed fifteen runs off the final five overs of the match, but some great bowling from the visitor’s saw them clinch victory when all had seemed lost. Clear blue skies with temperatures in the thirties saw both sides swelter at the crease, Horwood had looked in danger at ninety-three for six despite a half century from Glyn Davies, however Simon Ridgway & Chris McStraw dug in to partner up for forty-four runs to see their side end with a respectable score.

In reply Newport scored steadily and looked odds on to seal victory after Dan Willett & Lewis Hefferon made twenty-five & twenty-eight respectively, the game changed once Dale Armitage bowled the latter and despite needing just thirteen further runs to win the home side could only add four more runs and lost two wickets as Stuart Parker’s men completed the most unexpected turn around. The Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table was ripped wide open this weekend, with Printers losing for only the second time this season, this victory at Newport twinned with Soulbury Village winning again now see’s the top four sides separated by just nine points, and all sides now go into their second half of the campaign with everything to play for.

Dale Armitage took three late wickets

Horwood won the toss and elected to bat & wickets soon fell as Sam Willett was trapped lbw with the score on just thirteen, Dale Armitage took his place but lasted just two deliveries before he went the same way. Skipper Parker and Davies then rallied in a partnership worth fifty-nine until the former was caught, three further quick wickets including Davies who was bowled when on fifty-two left the away side looking vulnerable however McStraw & Ridgway got them back on track, once they were gone the tail was soon finished off, the pick of the bowlers saw Sam Chapman & Tom Anderson finish with three wickets each.

Joe Ramscar & Paul Braddy opened for the hosts and looked set putting on thirty-nine before the latter drove straight to McStraw off the bowling of Ridgway, two quick wickets then saw the hosts suddenly fifty-six for three. Willett alongside James Fletcher then added forty-six to get their side over the one hundred mark but then both fell in quick succession, Hefferon then paired up with Steve Arnold and got the score along to one hundred & forty-nine until the former lost his stump to Armitage, from there the home side just could not score & some tight bowling from the away side along with a couple more wickets for Armitage saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Match scorecard: https://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851413
League table: https://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=83514

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FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC head to league leaders for battle of Wills

After facing bottom of the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table last week, Great Horwood CC this week travel to the opposite end of the scale as they head over to Newport Pagnell CC who took over at the summit last week-end with victory at North Crawley II’s, with Printers losing for the first time this season it brought Stuart Parker’s men closer to the top two whilst giving this week’s hosts the opportunity to go top. The game see’s a family battle as Horwood wicket keeper Sam Willett faces nephew Dan Willett for the first time this campaign, the winners of this game could sit top come Saturday evening with family bragging rights also nicely tucked away.

Willett wicket watch week-end

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:

Credit to Harlington, they certainly didn’t look like a bottom of the table team and it was a good close game. After winning the toss, on what looked a good pitch, conditions were a lot trickier than we expected and they bowled well early on. Sam & I managed to get a steady start putting on sixty although scoring was slow. Dale (Armitage) came in at three and we upped the rate mainly by rotation rather than boundaries, Dale went on to get a good seventy-one (not out) although he did run Ridders out along the way, and together with Haydon (Morrison) some late boundary hitting got us up to one hundred & ninety one, which was more than we looked like getting.

Our bowling was probably the worst it’s been all season and at the halfway point they were well on top. Golden Arm Olly got us the breakthrough and then we managed to stem the flow of runs which led to the couple of key wickets, and in the end the fell quite a way short. Army (Adam Armitage) & Dale both picking up two wickets!

And the thoughts on this week’s game?

This week we go to Newport who have gone top after last week so another tough away trip! We have a game in hand on them and victory could see us overtake them depending on bonus points, so that’s our target!

Billy Harper returns

This week’s squad news:

We are without Army and Haydon this week as they party away to McBusted! That weakens our bowling slightly although we do have leading wicket taker Billy Harper back and actually Haydon’s performance of late with the ball won’t be missed! It gives Olly a chance to prove he is the clubs leading spinner!

We also welcome back Chris McStraw after a week in the seconds last week to get some time in the middle, which saw him get a massive seven runs!

Team:

Stuart Parker

Dale Armitage

Glyn Davies

Billy Harper

Sam Krajnk

Chris McStraw

Olly Prendergast

Simon Ridgway

Deran Taylor

Rob Taylor

Sam Willett

Start: 1.30pm

FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC close in on top two with win over Harlington CC

Great Horwood CC – 191-4 off 40 overs
Harlington – 157-5 off 40 overs

 

Dale Armitage made 71 n.o. & took 2 wickets

22.06.2019

Great Horwood CC beat bottom side Harlington CC on Saturday by thirty-four runs and with top of the league Printers losing for the first time this season the top three places have closed up with Horwood’s next opponents Newport Pagnell taking over at the summit of the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table. Both sides scored well in the sunshine with everyone that batted adding runs for both teams, but the hosts set a score that the Bedfordshire side couldn’t quite reach in their allotted overs, the victory means that if Stuart Parkers’ men can seal full points at Newport this coming Saturday they could overhaul the new league leaders.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat, skipper Parker made forty-eight before bring bowled with fellow opener Sam Willett making twenty-four, but top scorer Dale Armitage came in at three to score seventy-one not out seeing out the innings alongside Haydon Morrison who finished unbeaten on twenty-four. Harlington took four wickets of which one was a run out, Dan Read, Terry Payne & Mark Price taking one apiece.

Adam Armitage also took 2 wickets

In reply the visitors saw opening batsman Mark Caldwell reach forty-three before he was stumped, Neil Smith was second highest scorer making thirty-three before he was caught, Will Orriss reached nineteen and final pairing Andy Orriss along with Payne made seventeen & twenty-two respectively, but it was just not enough as they ran out of overs, Horwood bowlers Dale & Adam Armitage both finished with a brace of wickets each.

For match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851386
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FCCL D2; Great Horwood CC hoping points this week will not be so Har-d to come by

Third place Great Horwood CC host bottom of the league Harlington on Saturday looking to bounce straight back from last week-ends defeat at league toppers Printers CC, the visitors have won one but lost the other five games they have completed so far this term but as Horwood have learnt so many times since joining this league, there are no easy games in the Four Counties Cricket League. A win is vital as their loss last week means the league leaders are now thirty-nine points clear of Stuart Parker’s men, and second place Newport have a gap of twenty-four points although have played a game more, victory this week will see a boost in confidence before travelling to Newport next Saturday.

Stuart Parker top scored again last week

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:

Last week considering we were missing six first team players I thought we did well to compete with them so that is the positive. That said it’s a game where we got ourselves into a winning position and threw it away!

Once again we bowled well and to restrict them to one hundred & thirty-eight was a good effort. Haydon (Morrison) & Ridders (Simon Ridgway) both bowled really well in the middle overs but some late order hitting saw them get twenty more than they looked like getting!

Batting wise to get to eighty-eight for three off twenty-two overs we should have comfortably chased it down, however unfortunately an all too familiar collapse occurred and we fell just short!

And the thoughts on this week’s game?

This week we play Harlington at home who are currently bottom of the league so it’s a great chance to bounce straight back!

This week’s squad news:

We have all the lads who missed last week back and are only missing Billy, which is a shame as he is taking wickets galore at the minute, but we should be able to get a result with this team!

Team:

Stuart Parker

Adam Armitage

Dale Armitage

Glyn Davies

Sam Krajnyk

Chris McStraw

Haydon Morrison

Olly Prendergast

Simon Ridgway

Rob Taylor

Sam Willett

Start: 1.30pm