Horley 2′s lost to Oxford 4′s

Horley 2′s 107
Oxford 4′s 196

Horley 2′s suffered a heavy defeat at home to Oxford 4′s on Saturday in Cherwell League Division 7 but still secured promotion thanks to results elsewhere.

Oxford’s innings got off to a bizarre start as most of the team were delayed in arriving resulting in a makeshift batting order. Fiaz Mohammed (7-65) exploited the opportunity to take career best figures. However some late order hitting by Mubasher Hassan (87) saw Oxford post a competitive 196 despite the evergreen Richard Hart taking 3-46.

Horley’s innings never got going as only two batsmen made double figures against the pace of Usman Wahid (5-17). Dave Quinney (16) watched on as wickets tumbled around him before Imran Hussain (30*) struck some late boundaries to give the score an air of respectability at 107.

Despite only scoring 6 points, defeats for Cublington and Abingdon Vale saw Horley 2′s gain promotion for the 4th season running.

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Blewbury & Wallingford 1′s lost to Horley 1′s

Blewbury & Wallingford 1′s 157
Horley 1′s 162-7

Horley clinched the Cherwell League Division 4 title with a week to spare against their closest rivals Blewbury & Wallingford on Saturday with a 3 wicket win.

Pete Papenfus (2-23) and Adam Webb (2-22) immediately put the Blewbury top order under pressure with some fast accurate bowling. The pressure finally paid off as Sam Pearce took a brace of slip catches and two more wickets fell to leave the hosts on 40-4. Robert Sessions (34) could only watch on as the introduction of Darren De Bruyn (4-58) saw stutter to 78-8, however a fine rearguard action by skipper Warren Ainsworth (28) saw Blewbury almost double their score in the last 10 overs to 157 with assistance from Ian Harris (17) and Charlie Sutton (15*).

Horley’s response once again got off to a slow start as Charlie Sutton (4-61) took the first four wickets leaving Horley doubting themselves on 54-4. A patient partnership of 80 between Jon Hart (52) and Dave Clark (47) looked to have given Horley certain victory before Hart chipped to cover after passing his half century. Clark soon followed to leave Horley needing a run-a-ball from the final 2 overs. Dave Eaton (10) calmed any potential nerves though, striking a 6 over mid wicket to win the match and the league.

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Bicester 2′s lost to Horley 2′s

Bicester 2′s 179-5
Horley 2′s 180-0

Horley 2′s took a huge step towards promotion with an emphatic 10 wicket win at Bicester in Cherwell League Division 7.

Bicester were restricted to 179-5 on a flat batting wicket thanks to Fiaz Mohammed (3-45) despite S Jackson scoring 93*.

In form Mike Kelly (66*) scored a second successive half century but was outshone by a magnificent 103* by Sam Pearce to secure a perfect day for Horley as 3rd placed Cublington lost.

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Horley 1′s beat Bledlow Ridge 1′s

Horley 1′s 172-5
Bledlow Ridge 1′s 170-8

Horley returned to winning ways on Saturday in Cherwell League Division 4 against bottom-of-the-league Bledlow Ridge. The result was accentuated by title-challengers Blewbury & Wallingford dropping points at Kingston Bagpuize.

Horley, fielding first for the 11th time this season, were soon in control as Adam Webb took the opening 5 wickets in a 17 over spell to leave Ridge teetering on 76-6 despite 3 chances going down in the slip cordon. Nick Tarrant bowled an equally miserly spell (2-32) of 17 overs from the Pavilion End in the middle overs but Horley were unable to find any rhythm to complement him at the other end. 61 runs were scored from the final 12 overs from the Paddock End to give Ridge an unexpectedly respectable total of 170-8.

Horley’s response faltered almost immediately as they were reduced to 58-4 by V Idrees (3-26) despite brief moments of brilliance from Dave Quinney (9). Dave Clark (67*) joined opener, Andrew Stanley (26), at the crease to settle any nerves to move the score onto 125-4 before Stanley’s stoic innings ended as he was caught at deep square leg. As Clark past his half century, Nick Tarrant (30*) was bludgeoning Horley to victory with almost 20 overs to spare.

Horley can clinch the title next week as they play 2nd placed Blewbury & Wallingford with a 30 point advantage.

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