Great Horwood – 181-0 off 32.5 overs (25 points)
Elstow – 179-8 off 40 overs (4 points)
A superb partnership between Great Horwood CC skipper Stuart Parker and fellow opener Sam Willett saw them reach their target of 180 runs to win without losing a wicket on Saturday, as they beat Elstow CC by ten wickets. A warm sunny afternoon had seen the visitors reach a healthy innings of 179-8, even though two early wickets from Dale Armitage had threatened to reduce Elstow to a low score, but their middle order batsmen dug in, and some eager resistance from the tail end helped Elstow reach what looked like a tough target. However, Parker & Willett batted brilliantly getting off to a flyer and never looked back as they reached their target to win with 43 balls to spare.
Horwood lost the toss and were asked to field first, and when Dale Armitage took the wickets of Greg Turnbull & Rani Thiarra in his opening two overs it didn’t seem to bad a decision for the home side. But from 11-2 Elstow rallied and Phil Johnson started to score some runs despite Armitage running out Jack Flynn; Hani Thiarra came to the crease and with Johnson the pair added 26 before Horwood introduced Haydon Morrison to the attack. His first ball took the wicket of Thiarra with the scores on 64, Cain Hamilton-Boyle then stepped in to partner Johnson and they added a further 31 before Morrison bowled Johnson on 37.
With the score on 96-5 it seemed a matter of time before the hosts would finish their guest’s innings but again they rallied, Hamilton-Boyle made 21 before falling LBW to Morrison, & Matthew Nicol made a quick fire 15 before becoming the fourth wicket for Morrison. But from 115-7 Stuart Robson & Ricky Chamberlain combined brilliantly to add a further 49 runs proving obstinate to the Horwood bowling attack, before Robson eventually fell to the bowling of Oliver Prendergast. Chamberlain & Shaid Ali added a further 15 runs before the forty overs elapsed, a final score that looked good enough to win with the skies clouding over, Morrison the pick of the bowling taking 4-45 off his 9 overs.
Elstow threw six different bowlers at their opponents, and in just under 33 overs only three were maidens as Parker & Willett smashed twenty-nine boundaries between them, Parker made his half century first and raced on to make 92 not out from 108 deliveries, Willett followed up making 78 not out off 89 balls, the partnership fittingly winning the match with yet another four.
Match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3368458
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