Horwood through to Airey Cup final

Neil Wilkins
Neil Wilkins

Great Horwood booked their place in the Airey Cup final for the first time in 10 years after defeating Radley at Nash Road on Sunday.

Captain Stuart Parker won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a hot sunny day.

Davies was promoted to open with Parker and the pair made a fast start as they added 40 for the first wicket before Davies was caught for 19.

Two quick wickets then tipped the game in Radley’s favour at 50-3, but Spurr (29) joined Parker and the pair rebuilt the innings to take the score beyond 100.

Spurr departed for 29, but Parker held the innings together and passed 50 as wickets continued to tumble around him.

Although Parker fell for 56 and Horwood looked short of posting a competitive total at 145-8, a ninth-wicket partnership of 48 between C. Mcstraw (19no) and Adam Armitage (29) gave the innings a strong finish and saw Horwood close on 195-9.

Josh Nix took two early wickets in a hostile spell as Horwood got off to a great start in the field, before Radley dangerman Launchbury came in at four and struggled initially but then began to attack, hitting some big shots as he raced to 65.

His wicket proved to be the turning point, though, as Matt Mcstraw had him brilliantly caught by Spurr before Neil Wilkins (4-20) ripped through the middle-order. Nix and A. Armitage both returned to pick up wickets and Radley crumbled to 145 all out. Nix finished with 3-61.

The final will be against Cowley on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, at Stonesfield CC.

On Saturday, an under strength Horwood lost ground in the title race as they went down away at Charlbury.

Charlbury posted 232-4 after Rob Knight made a century.

In reply, Haydon Morrison was the only batsmen to get going as he played his best innings for the club, hitting 48. He had little support though as Horwood could only manage 168-9 in reply.