Great Horwood CC travel to bottom of the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table Harlington CC on Saturday knowing nothing but victory will do, after defeat last week to Printers the league leaders now share top place with them level on points, with just two games left to play the race for promotion as well as the title is wide open as the top three are separated by just ten points. In Horwood’s favour this week whilst they face a side lacking in confidence, is their title rivals face each other as second play third, victory and results elsewhere this Saturday could see Horwood confirmed as being promoted, but the title will not be decided until the final game of the season next week, an exciting finale is in store for all involved.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to ask how much of a relief last week’s win was in the end:
For the first forty overs in the field we were very good! To restrict them to one hundred & thirty-five was a great effort with everybody bowling well and backed up in the field, which included three run outs.
The batting from the top order was woeful though! To their credit they bowled well with the new ball but at twenty-six for seven it looked like we could be on the end of an embarrassing score!
However Army played probably the best innings of his life as he looked to smash our way out of trouble! He hit sixty-nine including six sixes and with good support from Robby, Simon Gale and Pidge (Jack Trundell) got ourselves back in with a chance! Unfortunately he was last man out as we fell nine runs short in the thirty-ninth over!
And the thoughts on this week’s game?
This week we play Harlington who are currently bottom, however at home they gave us a very good game and were certainly not the worst team we have played this season!
It is a crucial weekend which sees the possibility of securing promotion but with second playing third in Printers v Soulbury the top three could be in any order come Saturday night!
This week’s squad news:
We are missing Billy Harper again along with Robby Taylor this week, however Glyn Davies returns!
Games left to play:-
Saturday 24th August:
Harlington v Great Horwood
Printers v Soulbury Village
New City (MK) v Eggington Foresters
Saturday 31st August:
Great Horwood v Newport Pagnell
Cranfield University v Printers
Soulbury Village v Harlington
North Crawley v New City (MK)
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