Bowlers steer Horwood to victory

Dale Armitage
Dale Armitage
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Great Horwood returned to winning ways at Chadlington this week as a fine bowling display saw them go fourth in OCA Division One.

Captain Stuart Parker won the toss and elected to bat on a glorious day and what appeared a good batting surface. The top order all got starts but all failed to go on, with opener Haydon Morrison making 29.

The runs were coming at a good rate but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Neil Taylor made a patient 15 in the middle order to give his side a chance of batting the full amount of overs. But it was Chris Mcstraw’s powerful 34 aided by 15 not out from Andy Brunning that helped Horwood post a competitive final score of 157 all out.

Horwood knew early wickets were the key and both Adam and Dale Armitage picked up one apiece in their first spells before the introduction of Neil Wilkins and Matt Mcstraw put Horwood in charge.

Wilkins bowled a superb spell of 12 overs, nine maidens and one wicket, conceding just six runs as Horwood piled the pressure on the Chadlington batsmen.

McStraw also bowled well as he took 2-37 from his 12. By the time both had finished their overs, Chadlington had crawled to 79-5 from 34 overs.

The Armitage brothers then both returned as Chadlington looked to finally hit out, however the pressure was too much as both picked up further wickets to bowl them out for 108 in the 41st over. Adam finished with 4-22 and Dale 3-32 as Horwood recorded a victory by 49 runs and remain in the mix at the top of the table.