Sunday, 19 May 2019

Horspath thwarted as Banbury bogie strikes

Will Robertson took 2-30
HORSPATH were unable to lay their Banbury bogie in Home Counties Premier League Division 1 as they fell to a five-wicket defeat at home to their Oxfordshire rivals.

The sides have now met seven times in the top flight with Horspath on the wrong end of the result six times, while the other encounter was drawn.

Having been put in to bat, Horspath were restricted to 188-7 off their 50 overs. With coloured kit being sported for the first time at the Recreation Ground in a league game, the hosts had 21 on the board when Dominic O'Connor slashed at a wide delivery from former Horspath seamer Graham Beer and was caught at first slip by Richard West.

Tom Coleman and Jimmy Phillips moved the score on to 42 when the latter edged a good delivery from off-spinner West to Shahid Yousaf at first slip. Coleman and Brown then put on 52 for the third wicket before the Horspath opener was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Joe Thomas for a fluent 49.

Horspath were finding it hard to get on top of the Banbury bowling, and Brown became Thomas's second victim when he was caught at cover by Sabin for 27 to make it 117-4. Two runs later, Robbie Eason was yorked by Oli Clarke's arm ball.

Skipper Will Eason chipped in with 24 before he was caught at deep square leg by George Tait off West, and just one more run had been added when Jay Parmar was bowled by Ollie Wright's slower ball. Mark Skelton, at least, ensured the innings finished with a flourish with two sixes in his breezy unbeaten 18 as 19 came off the last over bowled by Clarke. West finished with 2-29 and Thomas 2-32.

It looked a below-par score although there was early success for Horspath in Banbury's innings when a delivery from Robertson found skipper Lloyd Sabin's glove and Robbie Eason took the catch behind. The visitors then lost fellow opener Joe White, who retired hurt in the tenth over after dislocating his right knee as he attempted to play a straight drive.

However, Shahid Yousaf and Oli Clarke got Banbury back on track, taking the score on to 83 before off-spinner Parmar induced the latter to chop on a delivery in his first over. Parmar struck again when he won an lbw appeal against Charlie Hill to make it 103-3, and Lloyd Belcher then earned a similar decision with his left-arm spin against West to leave the visitors 121-4.

Horspath's hopes were lifted further when Yousaf, who had made 55 from 79 balls with six fours and a six, presented Will Eason with a catch at mid-wicket off Robertson to make it 141-5. However, Shazad Rana (34no) and George Tait (21no) then put on an unbroken stand of 51 for the sixth wicket to see Banbury home at 192-5 with 2.5 overs to spare. Robertson finished with 2-30 and Parmar 2-49.

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Horspath 3rd are denied in last-ball drama

HORSPATH 3rd slipped to a one-wicket defeat at home to Kimble in Cherwell League Division 4 in a last-ball thriller.

Having posted 196-9 off their 50 overs after being put in to bat, Horspath looked to be heading for victory after reducing the visitors to 168-9. But then the last pair of Rhys Merriman (73no) and Mark Travers (4no) put on 32 to snatch victory at 200-9.

Needing seven off the final over, they picked up two singles before Merriman hit the fourth delivery to the extra-cover boundary to tie the scores and then smashed the last ball for four through mid-wicket.

Earlier, opener Jack Foster had made 41 for Kimble before becoming one of four victims for Swapnil Kulkarni, who finished with impressive figures of 4-16. There were also tidy spells from Andy Cummings (1-27) and Josh Richardson (1-34) as the home side's cause wasn't helped by conceding 30 wides.

Adrian Manger (40) had top-scored in Horspath's innings, while Kulkarni made 34 before Adrian Rose (4-29) pegged the hosts back.

Horspath 2nd crashed to their second consecutive ten-wicket defeat in Division 2 in a rain-affected game at Banbury 2nd.

Following the opening-day drubbing by Bicester & North Oxford, Horspath made 118-8 after electing to bat in a game reduced to 41 overs. Only Shahbaz Ali, back at his old club, provided any resistance with an unbeaten 42 as wickets fell around him with Brad Taylor (3-12) the chief destroyer.

Banbury's target was adjusted under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, and they raced to victory at 125-0 off 22 overs. Tom Bartlett hammered an unbeaten 89 from 76 balls, with ten fours and two sixes, while Ed Phillips was undefeated on 34.

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Abbas and Thomas star in Horspath 4th victory

Faizaan Abbas made 78
FAIZAAN Abbas and Alex Thomas hit half-centuries to set Horspath 4th on the way to a resounding 114-run win over Oxford Downs 3rd in Cherwell League Division 7 at Cokethorpe School.

Abbas made 78 from 100 balls with eight fours, while Thomas cracked 57 from 60 deliveries with eight boundaries as Horspath rattled up 239-5 from 45 overs after being put in to bat. The pair shared a fourth-wicket stand of 146, before both fell to Peter Bello (3-41). Earlier, opener Luke Finch made 31.

Downs were then bowled out for 125 despite a rapid 37 from opener Alex Bellinie. Ben Foster (4-41) did the early damage, while Robin Pykett (2-18) applied the brakes and Jonathan Hedges (3-8) wrapped up the innings.

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Monday, 13 May 2019

Horspath are foiled in a Village Cup thriller

HORSPATH slipped to an agonising one-wicket defeat in the Cricketer Village Cup second round as Cumnor's last pair put on 42 to snatch a dramatic victory.

Having posted 217 all out off their 40 overs, Horspath looked to be in control as the hosts were reduced to 177-9. But then Joe Clapton (38no) and Sam Herbert (14no) combined to stun the visitors. Needing eight to win off the last over, they picked up three singles before Herbert hit a six off the fourth delivery to see Cumnor home at 219-9.

Horspath looked to have the upper hand earlier in Cumnor's innings with Hayden Moon (2-21) among the wickets, but Sam Cross (63) kept the hosts' hopes alive before he fell to Shahbaz Ali.

Jehan Mohammed (3-23) and Adrian Manger (2-46) kept Horspath on top as Tom Powell (27) chipped in with valuable runs, before Clapton and Herbert's last-wicket heroics. Earlier, Stephen Green (52no) top-scored for Horspath, with Mohammed making 45 as Cross took 3-25.

Horspath also bowed out of the Royal London Club Championship with a 113-run defeat at last year's runners-up Stanmore in the second round.

The hosts rattled up 242-4 off their 40 overs after electing to bat as the Horspath attack struggled to make inroads. Talha Azam (57) and Steven Reingold (37) put on 83 for the first wicket, before the rest of the innings was built round Riley Holly (66no). Ahmad Elech (34) and Guy Harper (33) kept up the run rate, while there was a wicket apiece for Jay Parmar, Lloyd Belcher, Liam Manley and Asad Rafiq.

Horspath's run chase never really got going as they collapsed to 129 all out, despite 43 from Will Hawtin. Tushaar Karia (3-24) led the way for Stanmore as the wickets were shared around.

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Cosford excels as Horspath make flying start

Match-winner Tom Cosford. Picture:
TOM Cosford hit a dominant half-century to set Horspath on the way to a 33-run win on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method at Tring Park in their Home Counties Premier League Division 1 opener.

Having won the toss, Horspath skipper Will Eason elected to bat first on a pitch which looked as if it would favour spin in the second innings. The visitors, sporting their new blue coloured kit in a league game for the first time, had reached 24-0 in the tenth over when a hailstorm sent the players rushing for cover and the game was reduced to 47 overs-a-side.

One run had been added after the resumption when Tom Coleman was caught at first slip by Charlie Macdonell off veteran seamer Simon Stanway for 20. Robbie Eason was joined by Jimmy Phillips and they took the score to 41 when the latter was caught behind by Stephen Dutch as he attempted to guide a delivery from Tom Weymes down to third man.

Darryl Brown then sent a leading edge to AJ Woodland at point off Stanway to make it 50-3. Robbie Eason was trapped lbw by Andy Harris for 13 as Horspath slid to 60-4, and one run later Jay Parmar suffered the same fate. Cosford, fresh from impressing for Oxfordshire in their Twenty20 games, and Kyle Hopper moved the score on to 89 when the latter fell to a smart catch at short cover by Shelvin Gumbs off Steven Clark.

But Cosford then took the attack to the hosts with some powerful straight hitting, and with Will Eason put on a crucial 67 runs for the seventh wicket, before the Horspath skipper was caught behind for 19 off Gumbs. The match was then held up for around 20 minutes while Tring wicket-keeper Stephen Dutch was attended to before being taken to hospital with a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon.

Cosford had made 62 from 56 balls with four fours and three sixes when he was caught at long on by Clark off Harris to make it 180-8. Two runs later, Asad Rafiq was caught behind by Gumbs without scoring off Clark, and Horspath were 191 all out in the final over when Lloyd Belcher was stumped by the replacement wicket-keeper as Harris finished with 4-41. Mark Skelton was unbeaten with a useful 17, while Stanway returned figures of 2-19 and Clark 2-24.

Under the DLS method, Tring faced a revised target of 194 to win. Macdonell and Clark had put on 32 for the first wicket when Cosford make the breakthrough by trapping the latter lbw as he attempted a reverse sweep. AJ Woodland and Macdonell maintained the momentum, before the Tring opener edged a delivery from Skelton into his stumps for 28 to make it 69-2.

Nine runs later, Skelton struck again when Michael Payne was caught behind by Robbie Eason without scoring. Rafiq was bowling with good pace and he gained his reward with a short delivery which seemed to catch Gumbs by surprise as he presented Brown with a catch at mid-off to make it 83-4.

However, Woodland brought up his half-century in the 29th over, and with Solly Woodall providing good support took Tring to 135-4 when Brown made a vital intervention with two wickets in the space of three balls. Horspath's overseas star had Woodland caught at deep square leg by Hopper for 61 off 78 deliveries, which included five fours and a six, before Woodall fell lbw.

Sanjoy Bassi and Harris took the score to 153 when Will Eason, having returned to the attack, took two wickets in two balls by having the latter caught behind before he bowled Weymes. Seven more runs had been added when Bassi came down the pitch to Will Eason, whose legside delivery was cleanly taken by his brother, Robbie, to complete the stumping. With the injured Dutch unable to bat, Tring were 160 all out.

Eason finished with 3-31, while Skelton picked up 2-16, Brown 2-14, Cosford 1-18 and Rafiq 1-22, while Belcher's ten overs came at a cost of just 26 and included five maidens.

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