Nix blasts Horwood to victory

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Great Horwood moved up to fourth in OCA Division One with a 29-run victory over previously unbeaten Minster Lovell at Nash Road on Saturday.

With heavy rain falling as the sides arrived at the ground, the start was delayed and the game was reduced to 25 overs per side. Parker lost the toss and Horwood were put into bat first.

Davies was promoted to open the innings alongside his skipper and the pair made a solid start before Davies was bowled for 13.

This brought Josh Nix to the crease at number three and he made his intentions clear from the start with 10 runs coming from his first two balls.

He then took 21 off the next over as he began to dominate the Minster attack. Parker was giving him as much of the strike as possible before the captain was out stumped for 12.

Next in at four, Dale Armitage immediately looked at ease, although the innings continued to be dominated by Nix, who reached his 50 from just 25 balls before he was finally dismissed for a fine 54 as Horwood progressed to 102 from 16 overs.

Armitage scored freely and shared a partnership of 42 with Matt Mcstraw (21) as the former saw the innings through to finish with a brilliant 56 not out to push Horwood up to an imposing 173-4 from their 25 overs.

James Waddington, promoted from the second team, opened the bowling and struck in his first over as Minster looked to make a quick start and keep up with the run-rate.

Adam Armitage then also picked up a wicket to reduce Minster to 20-3 before a good third-wicket partnership put the visitors back in the game as the batsmen got on top and took the score to 88 from 13 overs.

An excellent catch from Parker then broke the partnership, however, and M. Mcstraw and Nix provided Horwood with more control to push the required run-rate to an improbable 10-an-over from the last five.

A. Armitage returned and the batsmen struggled to get him away and they eventually fell well short, closing on 144-7 to give Horwood victory by 29 runs. Nix and Mcstraw both finished with 2-29 while Armitage collected one wicket for 25.

Great Horwood are at home to Chadlington this weekend.