Horwood pull off the Great escape

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Great Horwood produced a tremendous display with the ball and in the field to defeat Shrivenham by 34 runs at Nash Road on Saturday, a result which looked unlikely at tea and one that puts them third in OCA Division One.

For a second successive week, Horwood were asked to bat first on a sticky pitch and openers Stuart Parker (23) and Sam Willet (12) battled through a difficult start to put on 47 inside 10 overs.

But once they were dismissed, it brought an all too familiar collapse with Dale Armitage (16) and Ian Mcstraw (12no) the only others to reach double figures in Horwood’s 114 all out.

Desperately seeking early wickets, Armitage led the way when Horwood took to the field as he struck twice in his first three overs, followed by a wicket for brother Adam Armitage to leave Shrivenham reeling at 16-3.

A fourth wicket stand took the score to 41 but Dale Armitage struck again with a caught and bowled as he finished with 3-25 and at 41-4 Horwood were in control.

Haydon Morrison then bowled with great control and picked up regular wickets in another fantastic spell from the spinner as he bowled nine overs, 4-11.

Matt Mcstraw also picked up 2-18, including the key wicket of Tucker, and Jack Trundell pulled off two superb catches as Shrivenham were blown away for 80.

Horwood IIs suffered defeat though. After dismissing Kennington for 108 with Pete McHenry taking 4-9 and Andrew Ellison 3-29, Horwood could only manage 41 all out.