New Bradwell – 164-0 off 24.3 overs (25 points)
Great Horwood – 161-8 off 40 overs (3 points)
Great Horwood were soundly beaten on Saturday at New Bradwell on a day of sunshine, rain & strong winds that numerous times helped the bales off the stumps and even blew the sun screens along the boundaries at either end of the pitch. Despite Bradwell sitting at the foot of the Four Counties Cricket League Division One table, they tore into Horwood from the off and reduced their guests to 38-6 at one point, Horwood dug in thanks to 61 from Simon Ridgway & 25 from Josh Nix and a total of 161 looked healthy enough, but Chris Timms helped himself to an unbeaten 120 either side of a rain break as Horwood failed to take a single wicket as the home side reached their target with ease.
Horwood won the toss and elected to bat, a bone dry wicket that had seen some early morning rain turned into a nightmare for the opening batsmen, Sam Willett was given out in just the 2nd over however upon appeal the two umpires consulted and reversed the decision. Then in the very next over captain Stuart Parker was bowled by James McMillan, Ken Cronshaw followed in the next over after being bowled by Mohammed Shahid, Willett was given out LBW in the following over off McMillan & in Shahid’s next over Dale Armitage was given out LBW and from six overs Horwood stood 18-4.
Dom Pritchard & Sam Krajnyk then stopped the rot for a spell and managed to double the runs on the board between them before McMillan bowled Pritchard for 11, just two runs later in the same over Krajnyk was caught and bowled by David Little. Josh Nix and Kevin Smith brought some stability for Horwood with a partnership of 33 until Nix going for a big boundary only found the hands of Charlie Maw when on 25, Ridgway & Smith then added a further 33 runs before Smith was bowled by Shahid. Ridgway then went on with Haydon Morrison to reach his half century as their partnership racked up another 57 runs as they ended on 161; McMillan & Shahid both ending the innings with 3 wickets each off their nine overs each.
Bradwell started their innings rather tentatively and runs were at a premium for the opening half a dozen overs, but once Timms found his range he started knocking the ball out of the park on a regular basis, his innings consisting of eighteen boundaries. As much as Parker switched his bowling attack the results were the same; Timms reached his half century in the 10th over and continued to chisel away at the target until the 27th over when the skies darkened and the rain so heavy play was halted as the home side battled to get the covers on.
A break of thirty minutes or so did little to help Horwood as Timms and his counterpart Maw emerged from the clubhouse to rattle off the remaining runs needed without much fuss, their unbeaten partnership of 164 saw Maw finish 30 not out with Timms taking the applause for his 120 not out.
Match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3368477
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