We can confirm that nets are now booked up starting on Sunday 16th February weekly at The Dewey, Bloxham School.
Everyone welcome, new & old faces. We have the facility to run 4 nets so more the merrier!
Start Date: Sunday 16th Feb
End Date: TBC
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Dewey, Bloxham School. OX15 4NJ
See you there!
Horley’s final outing of the season was in the Banbury Advertiser Cup at Banbury CC in a repeat of last years semi final against Sandford, although this time in a rain reduced 18 over game.
Dave Clark won the toss and opted to bowl first but, as per last year, Sandford got off to a flying start during the opening 6 power play overs despite Steve Palmer taking a wicket with his 2nd ball. At 81-1, a huge total looked on the cards as R Ingram past his half century but the introduction of Jon Hart (3-41) and Andrew Stanley (1-12) saw wickets tumble leaving Sandford on 124-7. However, a big last over worth 16 seemed to shift the momentum towards Sandford.
Horley’s innings got off to a steady start with Sam Pearce (37) and Steve Palmer (20) just about keeping up with the 7.77 run rate required as Horley reached 79-3 from 11 overs. Despite wickets falling regularly to H Whitehouse (3-34) and R Ingram (2-12), Horley continued stay in contention until anchorman Pearce finally holed out. Needing 33 from the last 3 overs, go-to hero Matt Brice (7*) tried in vain clear the ropes but Horley fell an agonising 8 runs short.
Sandford went on to beat Cropredy in the final.
Horley concluded their league season with a convincing victory against relegated Chearsley.
Bowling first, Horley had all but won after 5 overs as Dave Eaton (bowling seam) took two wickets in his first over and another in his second before Steve Palmer (2-40) joined the party, leaving Chearsley reeling on 12-4. Only a stubborn 55 from J Veness showed any signs of resistance as no other batsman made double figures. The introduction of George Collard signalled the demise of the lower order as he narrowly missed a hat-trick in getting 3-12. Eaton though, deservedly concluded the innings taking 5-50 in a 17 over spell. It wasn’t quite enough to topple Pete Papenfus for the bowling cup though.
Horley’s innings began in positive fashion as Dave Clark (71*) struck 4 consecutive fours in the 2nd over. The carnage continued as 77 were struck of the first 12 overs before thoughts turned to the Horley batting cup.
Andrew Stanley, only on 11 at this point, needed another 9 runs to clinch the trophy providing he was not out while Taylor was helpless on the sidelines watching it being snatched from his clutches. Clark, unaware that 99* would see silverware come his way, began feeding strike to Stanley who duly obliged with 3 more fours to take the lead by 0.4 of a run. With just 5 needed to win, Stanley explicably chipped a catch back to the bowler to all but hand the trophy to Taylor. (The only time in recent sporting history that an athlete or sportsperson has thrown away such certain victory was snow boarder Lindsey Jacobellis in the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006!) Taylor approached the crease in the knowledge that a not out score would be enough to seal the batting crown with Clark suddenly realising that a run out (of his partner) might give him a sniff. Clark called Taylor through for a quick single but was rebuffed. The following 4 balls followed a similar theme (i.e. Clark trying to run out Taylor) before the last ball was classically left to leave Taylor on strike against a young leg spinner. After a play and a miss, followed by an unpicked googly, a Taylor sweep to deep square sees another single refused, this time by Clark. A quick conflab between batsmen occurs where it is explained to Taylor his only way out was to hit boundaries. A fine paddle sweep for four by Taylor brought the scores level. Unknown to both batsmen, a Taylor dismissal at this point would see Clark victorious by 0.08 (a single run over the course of the season).
Taylor’s eyes lit up as a wide half volley came down… a wild slash skewed off the outside edge over cover point… a fielder swooped round in the final act of the season… making good his ground and setting his hands into the classic Australian-styled method… completely ignorant of the significance of his actions… he spills the catch so badly it goes for four. Jamie Abbotts eat your heart out! Match concluded at 4.30pm.
So congratulations to Pete Papenfus and Dave Taylor for winning the 1st XI cups and thanks to Jon Hart for captaining the ship.
Any chance of promotion was quashed as news of Buckingham’s victory against rock bottom Stokenchurch filtered through shortly after.