Wilkins leads superb Horwood fightback

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Neil Wilkins took a hat-trick as Great Horwood produced an outstanding fightback to record victory over Charlbury.

Skipper Parker won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious day at Nash Road, but the home side struggled to build partnerships against some tight bowling and found themselves on 66-4 after 28 overs when vice captain Nix joined Neil Taylor at the crease.

The pair added 63 in eight overs before Nix was caught on the boundary for a brisk 34. Taylor (41no) held the innings together to ensure Horwood posted a competitive 155-9.

Early wickets were essential if Horwood were to have a chance of victory and Nix and A Armitage both bowled a hostile opening spell, with the latter taking two key wickets, one aided by a sharp slip catch from Smith, to leave Charbury reeling at 7-2, but a good third wicket partnership put the visitors back in control as they reached 106-3.

The game dramatically swung Horwood’s way in one superb over, however, as Wilkins (3-31) picked up a hat-trick to rip out the middle order and put the momentum back with Horwood.

Taylor (3-40) also bowled well, picking up two more wickets courtesy of a great catch and stumping from Davies, before Nix and Armitage (3-24) returned to finish off the tail and cap a fantastic win as Charlbury crumbled to 135.