Willett ton sets up comfortable Horwood win

Sam Willett
Sam Willett

Great Horwood beat Stonesfield by 61 runs on Saturday to move up to second place in the OCA Division One table.

With c;ib skipper Stuart Parker unavailable, Sam Willett took the reins and he elected to bat on winning the toss.

Haydon Morrison was promoted to open alongside Willett and the pair added 60 for the first wicket before Morrison was stumped for 28.

Dale Armitage (44) played freely at three and with Willett took the score past 100 which gave Horwood the platform needed and once Willet passed 50, he scored fluently.

After this partnership had been broken, Matt Mcstraw added a quick 12 but it was Willett who continued to do most of the damage as he reached a fine century before finishing unbeaten on 114, taking Horwood to an imposing 222-4.

In reply, Adam Armitage (3-23) again led from the front with the ball as he made early inroads to leave Stonesfield in trouble, and he was supported by brother Dale (1-35) who bowled another economical spell that kept Stonesfield well behind the required run- rate at the halfway point.

Rob Taylor (1-23), Matt Mcstraw (2-36) and Haydon Morrison (3-37) all then chipped in with wickets as Stonesfield were bowled out for 161.

This week Horwood travel for a top of the table clash with current leaders Charlbury.

Great Horwood IIs recorded a narrow victory in a low scoring game at Charlbury IIs.

After only posting 76, Horwood skittled Charlbury out for just 68 with Simon Ridgway (5-22) and James Waddington (3-32) starring.