Aspley Guise CC – 167 all out off 40 overs
Great Horwood CC – 187-9 off 40 overs
Great Horwood took another step to an immediate return to the Four Counties Cricket League Division One with victory on Saturday at Aspley Guise, with just three league games now remaining they stand top of the table some thirty-three points clear of third place, if they can avoid defeat next week in the top versus second clash, where they host Printers CC then promotion could just be a week away. Horwood were put into bat first and made one hundred & eighty-seven with skipper Stuart Parker top scoring with thirty-seven, the hosts fell short by twenty runs as they were bowled out in their forty allotted overs despite a half-century for David Quick.
Haydon Morrison opened alongside his captain & they put on thirty-five until the former was caught by Bradley King off the bowling of James Carr, Dale Armitage failed to score but Glyn Davies came to the crease to enjoy a partnership worth forty-three until he was run out when on twenty-four, Parker then trapped lbw fell just three runs later. Sam Krajnyk & Simon Ridgway added twenty until the latter lost his bails, Sam Willett went the same way, but Krajnyk alongside Chris McStraw added a further twenty-three until he was bowled by Robert Harrison with his score on twenty-six, the second highest of the innings. Billy Harper was caught soon after, McStraw went on to make eighteen before he was caught, leaving Rob Taylor & Adam Armitage to see the innings to a close, the pick of the Aspley bowling saw Bharath Sukumaran finish with three wickets for thirty-one runs off his nine overs.
Adam Armitage removed Ben Savage with the scoreboard on just twelve but from there the hosts batted well and frustrated their guests, John Rowbotham with Quick adding forty-eight until the former fell to Taylor, but Carr then came to the wicket alongside Quick and they added sixty-two until Ridgway finally removed the half centurion, the home side at this stage needing a further sixty-six runs with seven wickets to spare. But as has been the case with Horwood this season, they dug in and turned it round with four wickets for just twenty-five runs, Carr eventually out for twenty-three bowled by Armitage, & as the home side got into the one hundred & sixties they then lost their last three wickets for just six runs. Pick of the bowling saw Adam Armitage take three for twenty-four off his nine overs.
For match scorecard: https://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3851358
Left to play:-
Saturday 17th August – Great Horwood v Printers
Saturday 24th August – Harlington v Great Horwood
Saturday 31st August – Great Horwood v Newport Pagnell
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