Horton ton knocks Codnor out of cup

Codnor 1sts suffered a six-wicket defeat to Holmewood CC in the quarter finals of the Bayley Cup on Sunday.

Holmewood all-rounder Jamie Horton once again proved the thorn in Codnor’s side as he scored 159 of the required 218 to end this season’s cup run for the first team.

Codnor skipper Lee Colledge lost the toss for the ninth consecutive game. As a result the away side were asked to take first knock.

All of Codnor’s wins this season have come from batting first, so on a useful looking track it wasn’t the end of the world. The innings didn’t start off particularly well as Jonathan Woolley was adjudged LBW from a Horton delivery. But then Colledge and Colson began building a partnership, Colledge being particularly expansive, and Colson playing the role of the steady innings builder.

Colledge reached his half century in good time, but was then bowled the very next ball by Gavin Horton. Colson was caught and bowled by Slater, leaving the innings in the balance on 121-4.

This brought Aaron Wood to the crease, and both he and Neil Sparham were content on taking the many singles and twos on offer to drag the score along, until Sparham nicked one behind, and then Bradley was caught soon after.

Wood and Melbourne looked to push the score along even more, and succeeded as good running and multiple boundaries meant the Codnor innings closed on 217-8. Melbourne was bowled on the last ball for 13, Wood finishing on 39 not out.

Things got off to a good start for Codnor as Bonsall had opener Stone caught for a duck. This brought Hickton to the crease, and he too was struggling to score, unlike his partner Horton.

Hickton was trapped LBW by Sparham for 10, and then Saville was bowled by the same bowler for 7, but Horton was continuing to bludgeon his way past his half century.

The Codnor bowlers weren’t bowling particularly badly, as could be seen from the way that the rest of the Holmewood team were struggling against them. Horton though soon raced past his century.He continued to play his shots though, and aided by Ryalls with a handy 22, he dragged the Holmewood score along to comfortably reach the 217 set by Codnor in 35 overs, finishing with a massive 159 not out, and Holmewood were safely through to the semi finals.