CRICKET: Two good wins for Willoughby

Five wickets for Crane and half century for Claydon

South Northants League

Ian Andrews batting for the 1st XI against Byfield   PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Ian Andrews batting for the 1st XI against Byfield PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Division 1

Willoughby v Byfield A

Willoughby 180 for 7

Byfield A 72 all out

Willoughby batsman Sean Thornton in Saturday's 108-run win

Willoughby batsman Sean Thornton in Saturday's 108-run win

Willoughby won by 108 runs

A five-wicket haul from Nick Crane and a maiden half century from Frank Claydon saw Willoughby enjoy a comfortable home win over visitors Byfield A.

Batting first on a unusually lively wicket, the hosts started steadily enough with Ian Andrews making 23 at the top of the order but having reached 60 -3 at the halfway point of the innings, the rest of the top order again got starts but failed to fire and Willoughby found themselves at 110-7 and once again struggling to make a sizeable total to bowl at.

That was until Claydon was joined by Crane and together they put an unbeaten partnership of 61 to take Willoughby to 180-7 off their 40 overs. Claydon finished with a fine unbeaten 52 and Crane also not out with 23. Nigel Cook taking 3 for 29 for the visitors.

Ashley Rayner against Byfield

Ashley Rayner against Byfield

In reply, Byfield had no answer to the bowling of Crane who continues to enjoy his debut season for the season by picking up 5 for 10 in only seven overs.

Troy Reeves took 3-17 and John Gregson 2- 26 as Byfield were bowled out in under 20 overs. John Street and Joe Newby with 18 and 14 respectively the only visiting batsmen to make it into double figures.

Four for Franks sends Willoughby to derby day win at Braunston

Division 3

Braunston Paddox 66 all out

Willoughby A 68 for 3

Willoughby A won by 7 wickets

A fine bowling performance from Antony Franks saw the club’s second string enjoy a similar comfortable afternoon in the sun at neighbours Braunston. Batting first, the hosts were bowled out for 66 largely in part to Franks’ return of 4 for 4 in an unbroken 10 over spell which included seven maidens.

Together with Karl Quinney (1-6), they set the tone to which Nikesh Mistry’s 3 wickets for 3 runs mopped up the tail, which wagged a little in the shape of youngsters Ethan Lines making 11 and Jake Quinney – a late guest in the batting order, making 10 in a last wicket stand of 17.

Simon Stapley and Jordan Shingler both made 10 in Braunston’s eventual total of 66 all out.

Willoughby’s reply was not without its troubles as Hamish Livingstone and skipper Ben Hollis both departed without troubling the scorers as Ryan Haynes (2-16) and Aston Shingler (0-16) applied the early pressure.

Hassan Nawaz and Badj Rahman took the visitors from that early peril of 2 for 2 to 18 for 2 at tea, before Rahman departed soon after the resumption for 17.

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However Nawaz held firm and with Martin Nichols eased Willoughby to their target without any further concern; Nawaz finishing 22 not out and Nichols 11 not out as the visitors closed proceedings with a seven wicket win.

Club friendly

Willoughby v Marton

Marton 267 all out

Willoughby 166 all out

Marton won by 101 runs

A fine innings of 65 from Sean Thornton was not enough to prevent a defeat for Willoughby’s Sunday Development XI at home to a strong Marton side.

Having won the toss and opting to bat first, the visitors accelerated from being 77 for 4 at the halfway point of their innings to rack up a total of 267 all out from their 40 overs.

A knock of exactly 100 from Hameed and 55 from Prem in a boundary-ridden partnership of 140 proved to be the difference. Karl Quinney returned figures of 3 for 26 and Liam Waleczek took 2 for 31 with Adam Whitfield, Jake Quinney, Nikesh Mistry and Patrick McDonnell also claiming wickets for the long line of hosts bowling; McDonnell also taking three excellent catches.

In reply, Willoughby lost opener Matt Goss and Whitfield on 18 and then saw Hamish Livingstone and Mistry also depart to leave them in some strife at 39 for 4. Thornton, in at 3, was still around and together with McDonnell put on a partnership of 80 to good effect, taking the hosts beyond three figures.

McDonnell eventually went having made a useful 25 and before Thornton did likewise for a top score of 65 which included three sixes and seven fours. The lower order then enjoyed some time at the crease, notably Frank Claydon adding 15 before Willoughby’s last wicket fell with light fading on 166 with three balls of the match to go.

Fixtures

Saturday – 2.00pm starts

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1

Willoughby v Radway

Division 3

Maids Moreton v Willoughby A