Horden’s Watson in cracking form for win over Evenwood

Horden bowler Carl Watson makes an appeal for the wicket of Evenwood batsman Jeff Bannister during the Horden CC V Evenwood CC at Welfare Park, Horden Picture by FRANK REID
Horden bowler Carl Watson makes an appeal for the wicket of Evenwood batsman Jeff Bannister during the Horden CC V Evenwood CC at Welfare Park, Horden Picture by FRANK REID

Having inflicted the first defeat on champions Burnmoor last weekend, Horden enjoyed a comfortable eight-wicket win against bottom club Evenwood on Saturday to remain in the top six in the table.

Winning the toss was vital following rain for most of Friday and especially through the night and early morning, so Horden asked Evenwood to bat first and the decision soon paid dividends.

Skipper Carl Watson was in devastating form with the ball, his pace bowling at its best which saw him produce his best analysis of the season finishing with 6 for 18 in an 8.1 over spell thus playing a big part in dismissing Evenwood for a paltry 57 runs.

During his superb spell of bowling, at one time he was on a hat-trick but it never materialised.

However, his bowling throughout was great to watch in sweltering conditions.

At the other end, professional Sahil Madagaonkar once again, and similar to last weekend, bowled a good end to take the other four wickets for a cost of 34 runs in his nine overs.

More than half of the Evenwood batsman failed to get off the mark, six players in total did not trouble the scorers.

Horden with plenty of time to get the runs lost Wayne Birks for four with the total on eight when he was

having already been given a life when a dropped catch went in his favour.

Birks was caught at mid off and two runs later Adam Dixon was unlucky to be run out when backing up.

Madagaonkar hit the ball back hard from the bowler but in attempting to stop it he deflected the ball on to the stumps with the Horden opener well out of his ground having scored five runs.

Stephen Brett was pushed up the batting order to join Madagaonkar and the pair took Horden to victory without any further loss adding 48 together in an unbeaten third wicket partnership.

Madagaonkar continued to hit the ball hard and in an impressive innings he was unbeaten on 34 which included seven boundaries whereas Brett who played more of the anchor role finished on 13 and was still at the crease when Horden reached their total in the 12th over winning with plenty of time and overs to spare and in the process picked up 24 points.

Evenwood: L Bannister ct Miller b Madagaonkar 11, P Townsend b Madagaonkar 0, J Bannister ct W Birks b Watson 0, M McConnell ct Miller b Watson 23, L Laing ct Billyard b Watson 0, R Pearce b Madagaonkar 0, S Rudd b Madagaonkar 4, R Maddison ct Madagaonkar b Watson 0, C Rutherford ct Madagaonkar b Watson 14, M Raine ct Madagaonkar b Watson 0, J Cummings not out 0. Extras 5, Total 57 all out.

Bowling: Madagaonkar 9-2-34-4, Watson 8.1-3-18-6.

Horden: W Birks ct L Bannister b McConnell 4, A Dixon run out 5, S Madagaonkar not out 34, S Brett not out 13, Extras 2, Total 58 for 2.

Bowling: McConnell 5-1-18-1, Maddison 4-1-16-0, Pearce 1.2-0-14-0, L Bannister 1-0-8-0.

The second team match at Evenwood was one of four games postponed on Saturday, however they did get underway in their rearranged match at home to Crook Town yesterday.

Horden asked Crook Town to bat first and they were in trouble from the outset and never really recovered before being bowled out for 59. Both Kevin Lightowler and Lewis Broom bowled seven over each with Lightowler finishing with 4 for 18 whereas Broom took three wickets for a cost of only nine runs.

In reply Horden lost two wickets for 37 runs however opener Adam Hall with an unbeaten 17 and Alan Iceton with 16 got Horden home without further loss.