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Horspath foiled in Oxfordshire Under 19 Final

13 Sep 2022

HORSPATH'S hopes of regaining the Honey-'B' Trophy were dashed with a 13-run defeat by Cumnor in a repeat of last year's decider at the Oxfordshire Under 19 Cup Finals Day at the Recreation Ground.
The hosts looked to be on course to avenge their three-run reversal of 12 months ago when they reduced the holders to 32-5 after putting them in to bat.
Charlie Turner was the chief destroyer, taking 3-6 in a brilliant four-over opening burst after Subhan Javaid triggered the collapse.
But Horspath were unable to capitalize on their strong start as Rory Nicholson and Julian Laird revived Cumnor with an excellent sixth-wicket stand of 71.
Nicholson made 42 off 40 balls with three fours and a six, while Laird hammered an unbeaten 41 from 34 deliveries to steer his side to 123-6 off 20 overs.
Horspath crashed to 20-3 in reply with paceman Abhir Joshi taking two wickets after Tom Lydford Brace made the breakthrough.
Josh Richardson and Christopher Hofen lifted the hosts' hopes with a partnership of 56 for the fourth wicket before Laird bagged a brace of wickets in the space of three balls in the 14th over.
Hofen had made 21 when Rayaan Dogar, playing against his old teammates, ran in from long off to take a superb low catch, before Laird struck again to make it 78-5.
Horspath were still in with a chance while Richardson was at the crease, but three wickets in as many balls in a chaotic 19th over spelled the end for the hosts.
Two run outs were capped by Richardson holing out to Alexander Laird at long on off Joshi for a fine 49 from 51 balls to make it 102-9 and leave Cumnor on the brink of victory.
Horspath's last pair required 21 to win off the final over which proved out of reach as they closed on 110-9. Joshi finished with 3-23, while Laird completed an impressive all-round display with 2-20 to be named man of the match.
Cumnor skipper Sam Down and his team received the trophy named in memory of the late Horspath player Morris Honey, with the presentations made by his daughter, Claire, and grandson David.
In the semi-finals,which were reduced to 15 overs earlier in the day due to fog and a heavy dew, Horspath cruised to a nine-wicket win over Minster Lovell, while Cumnor beat Banbury by 48 runs.
Richardson (2-8) and Charlie Turner (2-13) shone as Minster were restricted to 86-8 after being put in to bat.
Brothers Alfie (29no) and Charlie Turner (21no) then took Horspath to 87-1 off 8.3 overs after opener Tejas Anand (21) had featured in a 66-run opening stand.