The top of the Four Counties Cricket League is now wide open after last week’s results, including Great Horwood CC’s thrilling late win at Newport which saw them move into the top two promotion places. They host Soulbury Village this Saturday and the reverse fixture back in May was rained off but only after the home side had post one hundred & twenty-three runs for Stuart Parker’s men to chase down, but the visitor’s haven’t lost in their last five outings & now sit third and just five points off their hosts, the top four sides separated by just nine points means every ball, every wicket and every run will be crucial heading into the second half of the season.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:
Somehow we managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Newport were probably on top for most of the day but we managed to come good in the end. We won the toss and opted to bat on what appeared a good batting track, however within five overs we had lost Sam Willett and Dale Armitage to short pitched deliveries that didn’t bounce. Glyn (Davies) and I had to try and steady things, which we managed as we added sixty for the third wicket. Glyn made a good fifty-two but after he was out we were in trouble at ninety-four for six, however Ridders (twenty-four) finally remembered how to hold a bat and along with Chris McStraw and Deran Taylor got us up to a respectable one hundred & sixty-one.
Bowling wise Billy (Harper) suffered an injury early on so was unable to be anywhere near his best, they got off to a steady start but the introduction of Golden Arm Olly (Prendergast) got us two quick wickets. Robby was keeping runs to a minimum only conceding fourteen from his nine overs however Newport then built a partnership and looked sure to reach the target with just twenty needed off six overs and five wickets left! Somehow though Dale produced a super spell at the end, picking up three wickets, and they fell eight runs short!
And the thoughts on this week’s game?
Halfway stage of the season now and we are in a good position being second, two points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
We have played the other top four sides all away, one of whom being this week’s visitors Soulbury who are on a great run of results. The reverse fixture was abandoned halfway through due to rain but they looked a useful side
This week’s squad news:
Glyn is unavailable unfortunately but Army (Adam Armitage) returns. We swap a couple of Taylors too with Deran making way for a slightly more experienced Neil!