Great Horwood CC travel to Cranfield University this week-end proudly sitting top of the pile in the Four Counties Cricket League Division Two table, although the top five sides are separated by just thirty points meaning none of them can relax just yet. Three successive wins for Horwood since their defeat at then league leaders Printers have seen them leap frog both them & Newport Pagnell to take the lead at the top of the division, this fixture see’s the reverse of the game from early in May where Cranfield were bowled out for just ninety-six & Horwood in reply saw that off with the loss of just two wickets, same again Saturday will be most welcome but Cranfield have won six of their ten league games to date, and a win this week could push them into those top five places.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker to find out how he felt last week’s game went:
Another good win which has seen us go top of the league! We batted first and Sam (Willett) got us off to a good start with twenty-eight, Dale then with fifty-one & I with sixty were able to build a partnership of ninety-one which gave us the platform with wickets in hand to increase the rate in the last ten overs. Ridders was able to do that with a quick fire thirty-two and got us up to a decent one hundred & ninety-two for six.
We struggled for early wickets and Soulbury built a few partnerships early on and looked to be on target. Billy (Harper) then picked up a couple of wickets and this helped us get back in the game. The game changed though when Dale got the ball and bowled a great spell taking five for fifteen and they started to fall behind the rate, eventually being dismissed for one hundred & fifty-seven
And the thoughts on this week’s game?
We play Cranfield University this weekend who we beat comfortably at home earlier in the season. However they have won their last six games and clearly have a number of different players now, so we expect another tough game
This week’s squad news:
One change for us this weekend as Haydon (Morrison) returns for Neil Taylor