Great Horwood progressed into the semi final of the Airey Cup on Sunday after another game as Nash Road produced a tense finish as they beat Oxenford by 2 wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Horwood lost the toss and were in the field first. Openers Josh Nix and Adam Armitage bowled well without much luck in the early stages as Oxenford reached 50 without loss in the 12th over. Armitage eventually got the breakthrough shortly after with the score 52. This was followed by another quick wicket this time for Dale Armitage. Oxenford passed 100 in the 24th over and looked well set to post a big score with 8 wickets in hand. Robby Taylor got Horwood’s 3rd wicket and the introduction of Haydon Morrison reduced the run rate as he bowled 12 overs taking 2-37 to give Horwood the control they needed as Oxenford were unable to really push on. Nix also returned and his 2nd spell saw him pick up 2 wickets and only concede 16 runs in 6 overs. After 40 overs Oxenford had only progressed to 135-6 adding only 35 in the previous 15 overs as Horwood really got a grip on the game.
Adam Armitage (2-35) returned and picked up another wicket and despite a few late boundaries Oxenford eventually closed on 161-8 from their 45 overs.
In reply Horwood lost Sam Willett early so Dale Armitage joined skipper Stuart Parker at the crease. They took the score past 50 in the 13th over but Armitage fell for 14 shortly after.
Glyn Davies and Parker then began to build another partnership as they added 36 for the 3rd wicket but with the score 91 Davies was caught for 18. Horwood were still in control and Parker reached his 50 as the score went over 100 in the 30th over.
Josh Nix (9) and Chris Mcstraw (9) were both out cheaply though as Oxenford came battling back and with the score 118-5 the game was in the balance.
Just 2 runs later Oxenford then removed Parker for a well made 60 and Oxenford could sense an unlikely victory.
Adam Armitage looked comfortable at the crease but Horwood lost Olly Prendergast and Haydon Morrison cheaply and at 127-8 the game looked to be slipping away. A 9th wicket partnership between Armitage and Gary Lee was to turn into a match winning one though as Armitage hit 18 from 16 balls and Lee 18 from 15 balls to get their side over the line and into the semi final with 11 balls to spare.
The semi final will see Horwood entertain Faringdon on Sunday 6th August.
Today also see’s Horwood entertain Faringdon in the league and on Sunday they travel to Charlbury for The OCA 20/20 finals day.