Great Horwood began their 2017 OCA Division One campaign with a comprehensive 61-run victory over Stonesfield on Saturday thanks mainly to a century from Sam Willett and five wickets from Josh Nix.
After losing the toss, Horwood were asked to bat first and openers Stuart Parker and Willett got on top from the off as they added a partnership of 50 in the first 10 overs before Parker was caught for 29 from 31 balls.
Two wickets quickly followed but a partnership of 73 between Willett and Glyn Davies (24 from 36) took the score up to 135-4 when Davies was caught.
Willett then increased the scoring rate as he reached his 100 and found useful support from Olly Prendergast (15) and Chris Mcstraw (12 not out) as Horwood ended their innings on 238-6 with Willett finishing 125 not out from 143 balls.
In reply Horwood’s opening bowling partnership of Josh Nix and Adam Armitage were far too good for the Stonesfield top order as the pair blitzed through in a high quality spell of bowling as Stonesfield were in disarray at 30-7 after 16 overs. Nix finished taking five wickets and Armitage two with all seven victims being bowled.
Stonesfield did manage to finally get a partnership together after the two openers had been removed from the attack and it took Horwood a further 25 overs to pick up the final three wickets as the Stonesfield lower order to their credit showed some resistance. The game was eventually wrapped up though with Stonesfield all out for 177 in the 41st over to give Horwood an excellent full thirty points. Nix finished with 5-25 and Armitage 2-22.
Next weekend Horwood are without a fixture Saturday but instead play host to Yarnton & Cowley on Sunday at Nash Road. 1:30 start.
Great Horwood begin their OCA Division 1 campaign at Stonesfield this Saturday.
Horwood have been boosted by the return of Josh Nix from Buckingham and Adam Armitage who hardly featured last season.
Last Saturday saw a comfortable victory over Cherwell league opposition Wolverton in a pre season friendly as Haydon Morrison took 5 wickets to help dismiss the hosts for 157. In reply Stuart Parker (40) and Josh Nix (53*) shared a partnership of 95 as Horwood made light work of the chase.
This Saturday’s team:
S. Parker (c)
G. Davies (wk)
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Great Horwood Cricket Club are seeking funds for ground improvements works including drainage, levelling and reseeding of the cricket ground. This will improve the ground’s ability to cope with adverse weather conditions, reducing the risk of cancelling fixtures and increasing the ground’s capacity to host additional men’s, youth and ladies cricket. Following such necessary improvements, the Club will be better placed to deliver a financially sustainable cricket ground with lower maintenance costs, capable of meeting the growing demand, particularly for youth cricket, in the region.
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Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from Monday 31 October and run until Sunday 13 November 2016 on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.
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Great Horwood duo Sam Willett and Stuart Parker will play for the OCA representative side against their Cherwell League counterparts at Horspath Cricket club today (Sunday).
The full side:
Sam Willett (Great Horwood)
Andrew Crawford (Stonesfield)
Dan Farrant (Kidlington)
Tom Gubbins (Stonesfield)
Sam Jones (Eynsham)
Bilal Khan (Yarnton & Cowley)
Bimalka Liyanarachchi (Charlbury)
Ali Malik (Radley)
Stuart Parker (Great Horwood)
Mark Strong (Westcott)
Tim Wyatt (Stonesfield)
Great Horwood recorded another victory last Saturday as they defeated Charlbury at Nash Road by 57 runs.
After losing the toss the visitors asked Horwood to have a bat first.
Openers Stuart Parker and Sam Willett set the platform as they shared an opening partnership of 95 in the first 25 overs before Willett was caught for 40.
Dale Armitage joined Parker, who passed 50, and the pair added 68 runs in the next 12 overs when Armitage was bowled for 23 with the score 163-2.
Parker was joined by Glyn Davies as the pair looked to up the run rate in the final stage of the innings.
Parker was eventually caught for a well made 87 with the score on 189-3.
Davies hit some late blows as he finished with 22 not out and got Horwood past 200 as they closed on 203-3.
In reply Charlbury got off to a promising start adding 35 in the first 8 overs before Robby Taylor got the breakthrough. That was followed by a wicket for Dale Armitage but a 3rd wicket partnership of 41 took Charlbury to 83 in the 18th over and were well positioned.
Matt Mcstraw was introduced and again swung the game in Horwood’s favour as he broke the partnership in his third over.
Olly Prendergast then picked up the key wicket of Atkins who had raced to 66 and from then on Horwood were able to take regular wickets.
Prendergast bowled 12 overs taking 2-46 and Mcstraw finished his spell with impressive figures of 4-36 as Horwood again clawed there way back after a disappointing start in the field.
Chris McStraw contributed a direct hit run out and Dale Armitage returned to take the final wicket as Charlbury collapsed to 146 all out.
Horwood now sit third in the OCA Division 1 table.
Great Horwood had to dig deep for the second consecutive week to defeat Stonesfield on Saturday by 56 runs.
After winning the toss and electing to bat Horwood found themselves in trouble as wickets tumbled early on and they were reduced to 66-5. Skipper Stuart Parker was still at the crease though and held the innings together as Horwood looked to rebuild. Chris Mcstraw (21) came in at number 7 and together with Parker got Horwood up too 100 after 30 overs but when Mcstraw departed another quick wicket followed and Horwood were in real trouble at 116-7.
Parker passed 50 and was joined by Robby Taylor (33) and the pair shared a partnership of 70 in 10 overs give Horwood some momentum in the final stages. Parker took 20 from the following 2 overs to take the score over 200 which seemed unlikely at one stage. The final wicket fell in the last over with Parker left unbeaten on 90 and Horwood closed on 207 all out.
In reply Stonesfield got off to a positive start adding 41 in the first 9 overs before Dale Armitage got the breakthrough. The 2nd wicket partnership also added 42 as the score was 83-2 at the halfway point and the game well balanced. Haydon Morrison (3-32) managed to get a grip on the run rate as he bowled his 12 overs economically and got Horwood back on top as the run rate increased. The return of Robby Taylor for his second spell brought the key wicket of Crawford for 73 with his first ball and this proved to be vital.
Following this Taylor (3-32) and Matt Mcstraw (2-39) were able to rip through the lower order as Stonesfield collapsed to 151 all out.
Great Horwood defeated the OCA League, Division 1 leaders Faringdon in an exciting game at Nash Road this afternoon.
Dale Armitage hit 82 for Horwood and held the innings together before some aggressive late hitting and running by Haydon Morrison, who finished unbeaten on 30, helped their side close on 214 for 7.
Faringdon opener Nigel Hume appeared to be winning the game for the visitors on his own as they went to 148 for the loss of just one wicket.
Hume eventually departed for an outstanding 86 as Matt McStraw removed the top five of the visitor’s order as he finished with 5 for 45 from his twelve over stint.
Armitage completed a good day with two for 34 from nine overs but it was Rob Taylor who returned for his second spell and took three wickets in a 12-ball burst for just six runs as the leaders collapsed to 203 all out.
Great Horwood suffered a disappointing 31 run defeat against Yarton & Cowley on Saturday. A team they had already beaten twice this season.
With captain Stuart Parker unavailable, Glyn Davies took charge and after losing the toss Horwood found themselves in the field on a glorious afternoon.
Robby Taylor bowled a terrific spell opening the bowling for Horwood as he ripped through the top order to finish with 5-35 from 11 overs.
Haydon Morrison then took over as he also picked up 5 wickets (5-31) and Cowley were 140 all out in just 33 overs.
With tea not ready Horwood faced a tricky spell of 45 minutes. Dale Armitage was promoted to open the innings but was trapped lbw for 4 and skipper Davies followed shortly after for 1. Kevin Smith together with Sam Willett though steered Horwood to 50-2 at the tea interval.
However both fell shortly afterwards, Willett for 30 and Smith for 23 and this brought about a collapse as only Olly Prendergast (13) made double figures and Horwood were all out for a disappointing 109.
Great Horwood’s Sam Willett stroked his third century of the season in Saturday’s victory at Radley and heads the leading run-scorer list for the OCA League this season.
Willett has now accumulated 568 runs at an average of 71.
Great Horwood travelled to Radley on Saturday and came away with a narrow 8-run victory to put them back in the title race.
Batting first Horwood posted a score of 240-6 thanks mainly to another hundred from Sam Willett who made 109, his 3rd century of the season. There were also contributions from Chris Mcstraw (35) and Glyn Davies (29) as Horwood were watchful to begin with and then accelerated in the final stage of their innings.
On a good pitch Radley were still in the game. Two early wickets from Dake Armitage put Horwood in control however a 3rd wicket partnership took the score past 100. Haydon Morrison (3-64) and Olly Prendergast (4-45) though we’re able to bowl in tandem and pick up wickets at regular intervals, despite this Radley kept up with the run rate and were only eventually dismissed in the 44th over for 232 to give Horwood maximum points from an exciting game of cricket.