OCA,D1: Horwood edge to enthralling victory

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.

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