CRICKET PICTURES: Willoughby v Dunchurch & Bilton

Slideshow from derby day at The Green

PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Dan Greenway batting for Dunchurch & Bilton, with Ian Hughes keeping wicket for Willoughby  PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Dan Greenway batting for Dunchurch & Bilton, with Ian Hughes keeping wicket for Willoughby PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1

Willoughby v Dunchurch & Bilton

Dunchurch & Bilton 118 all out

Nick Crane bowling for Willoughby on Saturday

Nick Crane bowling for Willoughby on Saturday

Willoughby 110 all out

Dunchurch & Bilton won by 10 runs

It was a case of the one that got away for Willoughby as the first local derby encounter of the season went the way of the visitors at The Green.

Having looked on course for victory, a lower order batting collapse saw the hosts snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Dunchurch and Bilton recorded a narrow 10 run victory.

With the recent deluge of rain affecting the square and as a result no matches possible during midweek at The Green, both sides were greeted with a soft pitch with low bounce which proved problematic for bowlers and batsmen alike across both innings.

However at tea confidence was high in the home camp that they could record a second win on the bounce by chasing down Dunchurch and Bilton’s total of 118 all out. Ashley Rayner with 5-35 and Nick Crane 2-17 were the pick of the WCC attack as Shaun Harnett made 30 and Connor Bowcutt 21 top scored for the visitors.

In reply, Willoughby looked on course at 84-4, owever the loss of skipper Ian Hughes for 20 just before the mid-innings drink break then saw a catastrophic loss of regular wickets. The home side contrived to lose their last six wickets for just 26 runs, in doing so handing the visitors victory by 10 runs.

Stuart Hall applied himself well to finish on 27 not out for the hosts in an otherwise frustrating batting performance from the hosts, as Tom Hourigan took 3 -17 and Bowcutt 3-21.

Division 3

Sibford v Willoughby A

Sibford 178 all out

Willoughby A 182 for 4

Willoughby A won by 6 wickets

The news was better at Sibford School where Willoughby A recorded a fine six wicket victory.

Batting first, the home side made full use of a slope and fast outfield to dominate the first half of the innings, racing to 90-1 at drinks. However the visitors pegged Sibford back to keep them at 178 all out, which was dominated by Mark Luker making 83. John Gregson and Simon Nicholls took 3-21 and 3-48 respectively.

The chase was always going to be tough and Séan Thornton and Ian Andrews opening reached 35 off 13 overs before the former was first to go stumped.

Ryan Perry with a good solid 28 and Badj Rahman with a knock with 68 gave Willoughby the impetus to push on for victory before skipper Ben Hollis scoring 43 including four 6s took the visitors over the line with still five overs and six wickets in hand.

Club Friendly

Willoughby [Sunday Development] XI v Crick Lions

Willoughby 173-4

Crick Lions 64 all out

Willoughby won by 109 runs

A fine innings of 94 by Ashley Rayner was one of several highlights to an enjoyable Sunday afternoon of cricket at The Green which saw Willoughby enjoy a comfortable win over visitors Crick Lions.

Having lost the toss and being asked to bat, Rayner and 14-year-old Adam Whitfield put on a steady and measured 92 for the opening wicket before Whitfield was first to go having made a well-crafted 26.

Ian Button then joined proceedings but after a 73 run partnership it was Rayner who was next to go falling agonisingly six runs short of three figures to a fine diving catch in the deep. Button made 24 before being bowled as Willoughby finished on 173-4. Credit to the visitors who stuck to their task gamely, with Radley taking 2-34.

In reply Crick found the going tough against the Willoughby attack, with Nick Crane grabbing an early wicket setting a pattern which saw wickets fall at regular intervals. Another 14 year old in the side, Patrick McDonnell came out with figures of 2-11 either side of a spin trio of Button, Ryan Perry and Usama Khawaja each take a wicket apiece. That was before the introduction of Will Hewitt – who was only a late inclusion to the team, and went on to take 3 -16 to wrap things up.

Fixtures

Saturday – 2pm starts

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1: Willoughby v Woodford Halse.

Division 3: Helmdon v Willoughby A

Tuesday (24th May) – 6.15pm start

Rugby and District Cricket League

Under 13 KO Cup

Willoughby v Oakfield

Thursday (26th May) – 6.15pm start

Rugby and District Cricket League

Under 15 KO Cup

Willoughby v Southam

Junior/Youth team training this week

Sunday

Under 11/12, 13 and 15s – 10.15-12.15pm

Kwik Cricket returns on Sunday 29th May