Armitage takes five as Horwood win local clash

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Adam Armitage took 5-51 as Great Horwod continued to push for promotion with a 56-run victory over local rivals Winslow Town.

Batting first, Horwood made a steady start as skipper Stuart Parker and Gaz Lee built a sound foundation at the top of the order.

When Parker departed for 18, Horwood faltered and lost three quick wickets, but Lee went onto make a useful 38 while Chris McStraw top scored with a well-made 50.

With more wickets tumbling, Neil Taylor (26 not out) found good support from Neil Wilkins as the two added important runs to take the Horwood total up to a competitive 190-9 from their 45 overs.

Iain Herbertson was the main wicket-taker with 4-37, backed up by Alex Teale (2-44) and Fenton Price (2-28).

In reply, Winslow made a dreadful start, with the normally reliable Price falling LBW without scoring. Jamie Litherland (20) and Glyn Davies (48) toiled hard to get their side back into the match but once David was removed, Winslow collapsed to 134 all out despite Herbertson’s 31.

Neil Wilkins picked up 4-43 but it was Armitage who picked up a fifer, finishing with 5-51 to see his side to a comfortable victory that keeps them third while Winslow stay third from bottom.

Horwood travel to Watlington for a league match on Saturday before they entertain high-flying Division One side Shrivenham in the semi-final of the Airey Cup on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Horwood IIs finally secured their first win of the season at the weekend.

After what has been a difficult season, Horwood chose to win the toss and bat against Cassington Rescue, and they racked up a challenging 223-7 thanks to Peter McHenry’s excellent 76.

With Simon Ridgway and James Waddington leading the bowling attack, the home side were confident of sealing a long awaited victory, but it was McHenry again who played the starring role as he picked up 5-37 to secure the Man of the Match award and a priceless maximum points victory. The IIs, who still remain bottom, host Uffington this weekend.