Horwood lose ground on leaders after loss

Adam Armitage
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Great Horwood narrowly lost a high-scoring game to Garsington at Nash Road on Saturday to remain second in OCA Division One.

Stuart Parker chose to bat first on a glorious day, but Horwood suffered early setbacks as the in-form Graham Spurr was out in just the second over, quickly followed by Parker (13) as Horwood stuttered to 35-2, before Glyn Davies batted superbly to dominate the bowlingand pass 50, supported by Dale Armitage (18) and Matthew Mcstraw (27) as the runs started to flow.

However, Davies departed for 56 with the score on 134-4 in the 27th over and although Josh Nix hit a quickfire 25, a flurry of wickets left Horwood stuck on 181-9.

Neil Wilkins and Kev Smith used all their experience to ensure Horwood used up the overs, though, as Wilkins played some glorious shots in his 28 in an unbeaten partnership of 49 to take Horwood up to 230-9.

For the second week in a row, Horwood let themselves down with the ball and in the field as the Garsington openers came out aggressively and put away some poor bowling before Horwood finally made the breakthrough in the 18th over.

Horwood tried all their bowling resources but were unable to stem the flow of runs as Garsington raced to 200 in the 35th over. A late burst of wickets and some tight overs did put Horwood back in with a chance, but Garsington reached the target with nine balls to spare.