CRICKET: Memorial fixture at Willoughby

Rain prevented any play at Willoughby on Saturday   PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER
Rain prevented any play at Willoughby on Saturday PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER

Club remembering stalwart Fred Mitchell

Willoughby Cricket Club will be remember late club stalwart, Fred Mitchell, at the end of the month with the staging of a Memorial Fixture in his honour.

Fred Mitchell in the 1980s

Fred Mitchell in the 1980s

Fred sadly passed away at the start of the year after a short illness, however his life will be remembered in the inaugural Fred Mitchell Memorial Fixture on Sunday, June 28.

A Willoughby CC XI will face a Rugby and District Cricket League XI in a 30 over challenge fixture at The Green. It is hoped this fixture will become an annual event, recognising the huge contributions and friendships Fred enjoyed with both Willoughby CC in his various capacities as player, groundsman and club official, and on the management committee with the Rugby and District Cricket League.

The Fred Mitchell Memorial fixture starts at 2pm with spectators all welcome. The club bar will be open from 1.00pm, with refreshments and a BBQ available throughout the afternoon.

The day will also see Willoughby unveil their new electronic scoreboard for the occasion, which will also include a clock in memory of another former Willoughby playing legend, the late Dick Anderson, who passed away last year.

Last weekend’s games

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1

Willoughby v Greens Norton

Match abandoned – no play due to wet pitch

Overnight rain put paid to any cricket at The Green as Willoughby’s fixture against visitors Greens Norton was abandoned on Saturday morning.

Division 4

Maids Moreton v Willoughby A

Match abandoned – no play due to wet pitch

It was a similar story for Willoughby A as their top of the table clash at Maids Moreton also fell foul of the wet weather, however the two sides get to meet in a fortnight in the scheduled return fixture back at The Green.

THIS WEEKEND’S FIXTURES

Saturday- 2pm start

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1: Willoughby v Thornborough

Division 4: Woodford Halse A v Willoughby A

Sunday: 2pm start

Club Friendly

Bourton & Frankton v Willoughby