YOUTH CRICKET: Horspath fall short in national

The Oxford Times: YOUTH CRICKET: Horspath fall short in national YOUTH CRICKET: Horspath fall short in national

Horspath fell at the first hurdle in the NatWest Under 15 National Club Championship with a 27-run defeat at Finchampstead.

Asad Rafiq got the Oxfordshire champions off to a flying start after Finchampstead decided to bat by dismissing both openers cheaply.

He finished with 2-9 off four overs and Harrison Ward picked up 2-17, but Finchampstead battled their way to 91-7.

Horspath, missing left-arm spinner Lloyd Belcher, who was making his debut for Oxfordshire’s senior side, were then held to 64-9.

Rafiq’s prolific run in the competition came to an end when he fell for one, and thereafter Horspath were unable to break free.

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