Title-chasing Horwood close the gap on leaders

Dale Armitage
Dale Armitage

Great Horwood kept their title hopes alive with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Oxenford in OCA DIvision One.

After a delayed start due to rain, Horwood won the toss and put Oxenford into bat in a game reduced to 30 overs a side.

The Armitage brothers began proceedings with Dale taking a wicket with the first ball of the second over as Oxenford started at a steady rate to reach40-1 after nine overs.

Dale then picked up his second of the game before another rain delay saw the game again reduced down to 25 overs a side.

Oxenford, now with 15 overs left, began aggressively on the resumption and started to increase the run-rate, however after Habeel Khalidwas caught by Kevin Smith off the bowling of Dale for 48, Oxenford struggled to maintain momentum.

With regular wickets from Matt McStraw (2-21) and Adam Armitage (2-38), Horwood contained Oxenford to a below-par 116 from 25 overs.

Haydon Morrison stepped up to from the second team to open the batting for Horwood alongside Tom Spurr, and the pair, both known for their aggressive nature, put on 71 for the first-wicket before Spurr fell for 38, shortly followed by Morrison (32).

Horwood, though, were able to rely on Glyn Davies and Dale Armitage to guide them home with three overs to spare and without losing another wicket. Davies finished on 34 and Armitage 11.

With other results going their way, second-placed Horwood have closed the gap to 15 points on leaders Westbury with the two sides still to face each other this season.

Great Horwood entertain Hook Norton this weekend.