Horley maintained their advantage at the top of Cherwell League Division 4 with a convincing 4 wicket win over Kimble.
Horley immediately took command of the game through tight opening spells including 7 straight maidens from Pete Papenfus (1-7 from 9 overs) and Dave Eaton. By the time Eaton finished his 17 over marathon with figures of 4-44 the visitors were in desperate trouble at 74-5 despite 39 from Bob Whitehead. Only an 8th wicket partnership of 41 from Michael Stackhouse (32) and James Russell (27) gave the scoreline an ounce of respectability as Steve Palmer (3-27) took some late wickets limiting Kimble to 143-9.
Horley’s response got off to the worst possible start as skipper Dave Taylor was caught behind in the first over. Andrew Stanley (12) and Steve Palmer (70*) put on 44 for the 3rd wicket to restore control before Palmer and Andrew Parker (23) took Horley to the brink of victory with a partnership of 64. Palmer finished the game with a trademark 6 to give Horley a comfortable 5 wicket win.
Witney Mills 161-9
Horley took a major step towards the Cherwell Division 4 title taking the majority of the spoils against 2nd placed Witney Mills.
Losing the toss and being asked to bat in humid swinging conditions Horley openers Andrew Stanley (21) and Dave Taylor (27) set about seeing off the dangerous Pierre LeFort (2-36). Sam Pearce (39) continued the good start as Horley reached 106-3 at the half way stage. Darren De Bruyn (50) upped the run rate with some clean hitting including a 6 over the pavilion from the left arm spin of S Haselgrove to leave Horley on 176-4 as rain interrupted proceedings. After taking an early tea, Horley were left with just 5.2 overs to set a competitive total with Dave Clark and Jon Hart at the crease. Hart (15) set the tone striking 13 from one over before attempting one shot too many across the line from Dan Swindells (2-33), before Clark (70*) changed the course of the game striking 38 from the final two overs to set a total of 244-7.
Witney, needing victory to claw back ground on their hosts, got off to a flying start and were 56-1 after 9 overs when Adam Webb (1-56) took the crucial wicket of Kiwi Dan Swindells, caught superbly by Andrew Stanley for just 21. The visitors continued to play positively through P Claridge (29) and Malcolm Evans (20) and were very much in the hunt at 134-3 from 23 overs thanks to 32 from S Haselgrove. However the reintroduction of Darren De Bruyn (5-53) saw them lose 6 wickets for 18 runs and end any hope of a successful run chase but Horley couldn’t find the final wicket to clinch victory.
Kingston Bagpuize 203-6
Horley maintained their advantage at the top of Cherwell League Division 4 with a convincing 6 wicket win over Kingston Bagpuize.
Bagpuize, opting to bat first against Horley’s first choice bowling attack, were soon under pressure as Adam Webb (4-45) swung the ball both ways to account for the openers. Matt Warner (81), at three, had different ideas though taking the attack to the Horley bowlers with assistance from Oli Young (31). Bagpuize advanced onto 134-3 before Dave Eaton (2-43) struck to remove both batsmen. Webb returned to the attack to join Eaton in preventing Bagpuize making the most of their wickets in hand with some tight bowling to leave the hosts on 203-6.
Horley’s response got off to a fluent start through Dave Taylor (53) as Horley quickly advanced to 100-3 despite the loss of Dave Quinney for 3. Darren De Bruyn (42*) and Dave Clark (53*) joined forces at 116-4 as the game looked in the balance. However, the pair took the attack to Bagpuize on the flat batting track, scoring at over 8 an over to see Horley home and sealing an emphatic victory.