HORNDON travelled to Great Waltham for the Essex and Suffolk group stage Semi-final of the National Village Cup. Horndon lost the toss and were put in to bat by the Home team. Great Waltham’s bowlers were patient and soon had a breakthrough with Tom Stone bowled for just 10 runs, fellow opener Walsh fell shortly after on 35. With Horndon on 62-2 Daniel Stone and Jeff West Jnr took the game away from the hosts.
They piled on a partnership of 143 before Stone was caught and bowled on 57. West was backed up by Shabaz Iqbal before he was finally caught just 6 runs shy of 100. Horndon finished their innings with another high score of 283-8. The hosts start didn’t go as planned. Opener Reed was superbly run out by West Jnr and a smart catch from Sayers from Ryan Madder dismissed fellow opener R. Clout.
Despite the good start for Horndon there was some bad news, losing opening bowler Marson to injury after only 2 overs. Daniel Stone stepped in again and Horndon kept things tight. With clouds approaching Waltham were well behind the run rate when the teams came off for rain after 17 overs. The teams finally got back out and Harris & Bloom began rebuilding for the home team. The pair put on 150 before stand in bowler Ryan Cutts dismissed Bloom for 63. Due to being a bowler short the hosts began to edge closer to the huge target. That was until the impressive Daniel Stone returned with the ball taking two wickets in two balls, the second being Harris holing out on 100. Despite the tremendous effort Waltham finished 23 runs short of the total.
Horndon travel to Bentley for the area final in two weeks time.