Horwood up to second after Radley win

Dale Armitage
Dale Armitage

Great Horwood recorded another impressive victory this week as they defeated second-placed Radley by 28 runs at Nash Road on Saturday to leapfrog their opponents in the OCA Division One table.

Captain Stuart Parker won the toss and elected to bat first with the sun shining.

It was Parker who dominated early on as he hit 29 off 30 balls to get Horwood off to a quick start and, after the loss of Matt Thatcher for just two, Sam Willett also scored at a brisk rate.

Parker then fell with the score on 58 before Glyn Davies was out cheaply, but Willett was joined by Andy Thatcher and the pair took the score to 90-4 when Willett was out for 41 from 63 balls.

Thatcher made 24 from 47 balls, however once he was dismissed, Horwood suffered another lower order collapse and crumbled to 130-9.

For the second week running, though, a last wicket partnership proved vital and saw the home side post a competitive score. Chris Mcstraw was again involved, this time with Ian Mcstraw, as the two added 64 for the final wicket from the last eight overs.

The duo played superbly, finding regular boundaries to guide Horwood up to 202-9 with Chris Mcstraw finishing unbeaten on 33 from just 26 balls and Ian Mcstraw unbeaten on 34 from 34 balls.

Horwood continued the momentum when they took to the field as Dale Armitage struck two early blows to reduce Radley to 25-2.

Matt Mcstraw (1-31) bowled economically at the other end and after 29 overs the game was in the balance with the score on 100-3.

Then came the decisive moment when Haydon Morrison (2-48) was introduced and picked up the crucial wicket of Launchbury and he proceeded to bowl another tidy spell.

Matt Thatcher (2-44) also picked up wickets to put Horwood firmly on the front foot.

With five overs remaining, Radley were 150-6 and soon lost further wickets when Armitage returned to the attack and picked up two more to finish with his best figures of the season, 4-37.

Radley were unable to keep up with the required run-rate and eventually close on 176-9 to give Horwood victory and 29 points from the game that takes them up to second in the table.

This Saturday, Horwood entertain Chadlington at Nash Road, 1:30pm start.

In Division Six, Great Horwood IIs suffered a sixth-wicket defeat away at Westbury IIs.

Batting first, Horwood posted 100 all out, Simon Gale top scoring with 25.

Westbury reached the target for the loss of four wickets despite Andrew Ellison bowling well and picking up two wickets.