Match Report

Horspath 3rds

8 June 2019 - Home

1st XI Cherwell Div 4 fixture.

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Cockroft breaks Horspath

A classic Garrett weather day saw Horspath travel to Newland on match day 5.
After heavy weather in the week the track had a strong tinge of green to it, a good toss to win.
Burney used his double headed coin again at the toss and elected to bowl first.
The Mills looked up for it before a ball was bowled, Mayho, at the ground from 7am led the carefully constructed warm up with the Mills men looking sharp.
It would too follow into the bowling performance, fresh from a new set of injections, Lefort didn’t take long to make the first break through, bowling Thomas for 1 in a classic Lefort dismissal.
Abbas would follow, caught behind for 5 and so too Kulkarni, played on for 2 all the victim of the rejuvenated Lefort. Dre Madden also joined the party, all over skipper Wharton he would claim his man LBW for 3. A superb start from the Mills, leaving Horspath 16-4. Burney, smelling blood brought himself on, removing Richardson for 1 quickly. Wilkinson & Jones re-built for Horspath, seeing of an initial spell from Garrett, who similar to Cockroft from the previous week had mirages of bowling at Adam Wirth. Part time spinner, Haselgrove came in and bowled expensively before being pulled out of the attack from skipper Targaryen, frustrated at the spinners lack of flight and fire breathing abilities. Kelly too came in and left the attack, going for 1 run off two overs.
Mills got to drinks and as always were resurgent after, Cockroft, newly introduced, got the breakthrough in his first over, bowling Wilkinson for 12. The seamer wouldn’t have to wait long for his next, clean bowling Perkins first ball with an imperious delivery, swinging in and clipping the top of off stump with enough vigour to break a new bail, much to the umpires dislike. Horspath once again tried to re-build from 76-7, not easy with Cockroft hitting his straps in what was a tremendous spell. The quick, testing the batsmen’s pads, with the umpire’s memory still fresh from the recently incurred £3.95 additional expense, he would wave away Cockroft’s claims.
Cockroft found a way though, having the experienced Rana caught for 1, Cockroft would end the day with figures of 3-10.
The away side, now keen to get on with it, took more chances, it wasn’t long until the wily Kelly would beat Jones in the flight and thanks to some tidy work from Mayho would have him stumped for 31. Berry was the last man to fall, chipping straight back to the bowler, Garrett for 1.
With the Mills needing 117 to win Haselgrove started characteristically carefully, working the ball around looking for ones and twos. His demise would come though attempting his usual forward defensive with his head pointed vertically to the sky, a technical quirk the batsman is committed to fixing, bowled for 8. Garrett came and went, caught behind off the bowling of Cardy for 2 with a ball just taking off the surface. Hare and Burney re-built well, recreating some of their early season form. Hare looking dominant, with some lovely drives as well as some good running. Hare would fall uncharacteristically run out, the batsman’s’ lapse in concentration meant he was late setting off for what the Mike Dove school of running coined an “easy one”, out for a well played 9. Mayho fell victim to the second first baller of the day, LBW to Cardy. With the Mills 71-4 Horspath sensed a window, the window slammed shut when Lefort smoked Cardy through the covers for a wonderful 4, the Mills pair taking the score to 105 before Burney, who just passed his 50, gave his wicket away attempting to put Kulkarni into Hanborough, the skipper caught for 56.
Horspath would take another point before the end, Dove plumb off the bowling of Richardson for 2, Dove later confirming he “had no issues with the decision”.
Pandurangan and Lefort saw the side home finishing on 1 and 12 not out respectively.

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