Horwood bag impressive opening day win

Matt Thatcher
Matt Thatcher

An excellent team performance saw Great Horwood make the ideal start to their 2015 campaign as they recorded an impressive 93-run victory at Charlbury in Division One of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association.

Having lost the toss, Horwood were put into bat first and made an encouraging start with openers Stuart Parker and Matt Thatcher putting on 29 for the first wicket.

A brief wobble followed as captain Parker fell for 13 while Sam Willet managed just three, leaving Horwood teetering on 51-2, but a third-wicket partnership of 85 between Thatcher and Glyn Davies the visitors back on top.

Davies fell for 45, shortly followed by Andy Thatcher, but the in-form Dale Armitage then came to the crease and played his shots alongside Thatcher, who held the innings together as the pair took the score to 180 in the 40th over.

Thatcher fell for a well-crafted 73 before a flurry of boundaries from Armitage, Chris McStraw and Haydon Morrison saw Horwood post a formidable 237-6 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Charlbury got off to a flier as their opener punished some wayward bowling to race to 80 from just 12 overs.

However, Adam Armitage then struck twice in quick succession as Horwood hauled themselves back into the game, and the introduction of Matt Thatcher tipped the balance in Horwood’s favour as he bowled 12 impressive overs, taking 2-33.

The visitors were able to stem the flow of runs as Charlbury’s middle order struggled to keep up with the required rate before Morrison came on and bowled another superb spell as he continues to impress, picking up 4-21 from seven overs.

Horwood wrapped things up after 35 overs as Charlbury fell away and were all out for 144 to give Horwood the full 30 points.

Elsewhere, Great Horwood IIs suffered a 77-run defeat to Westbury IIs.

Westbury batted first and made 186-8 as Pete McHenry recorded fine figures of 5-31.

In reply Horwood could only manage 109 all out. Ian Mcstraw top scoring with 22.