Thurleigh – 218-9 off 40 overs (8 points)
Great Horwood – 244-7 off 40 overs (25 points)
Great Horwood bounced back after last week’s disappointing defeat to bottom of the table New City by travelling to second place Thurleigh and claiming the win by 26 runs, with both Sam Willett & Glyn Davies both making half centuries as they made 244-7 off their allotted overs before Robby Taylor, Adam Armitage, Dom Pritchard and Simon Ridgway all took a brace of wickets each with the latter taking three, to reduce their hosts 218-9 at the end of their 40 overs, despite Martin Bennett making 90 for the home side.
With an early start time of 9.00am to allow the game to be played before England’s World Cup quarter-final, Thurleigh won the toss and put Horwood into bat which the visitor’s made the most of; Stuart Parker fell for 22 with the score on 32, but Willett dug in with Dale Armitage to form a partnership worth 91 before Armitage was trapped LBW after making 35.
Davies & Willett then made 77 between them before Willett was caught having made seventy-seven and just sixteen runs later Davies was run out having made 51. Two further quick wickets saw Dan Willett & Dom Pritchard fall before Chris McStraw & Ridgway made 25 between them until Ridgway was caught, Horwood ending on 244 after an excellent batting innings. Brody Willerton for Thurleigh took 3 wickets for 68 runs off his 9 overs, closely followed by Ricky Milne who took 2-64 off his 9 overs.
Thurleigh lost two early wickets leaving them 19-2 but Bennett came to the crease and saw five different partners on his way to his 90 before caught off the bowling of Taylor, his third wicket partnership with Robert Stean made 91 runs until Pritchard bowled Stean with his score on 35. Bennett & Ricky Milne added 28; Gary Armstrong partnered Bennett to a further 25 but Horwood continued to take wickets steadily, Clive Franklin was Bennett’s partner when the latter fell, they had added 35 between them but their overs ran out with them 26 short of their target and just a single wicket remaining.
Ridgway took 3 wickets for 57 runs off his 9 overs, Pritchard took 2-52 off his 9, Adam Armitage took 2-40 off 8 overs and Robby Taylor took 2-34 off his 9, and this victory see’s Great Horwood now boasting three wins from their last four games as they continue to improve and adjust to life in the Four Counties Cricket League Division One.
Match scorecard: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3368513
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