CRICKET: Willoughby and Barby dominate Under 13s

Barby U13s won the Rugby & District League Cup
Barby U13s won the Rugby & District League Cup

League win for Willoughby, cup for Barby

Rugby and District Cricket League Under 13 Cup Final

Barby's U13s and U15s cup champions

Barby's U13s and U15s cup champions

Barby v Willoughby

Willoughby 104-5

Barby 105-6

Barby won by 4 wickets.

Willoughby U13s unbeaten league champions and cup runners-up

Willoughby U13s unbeaten league champions and cup runners-up

An exciting end to an entertaining all round match saw hosts Barby edge out neighbours Willoughby in last Sunday’s U13s Cup Final.

Having been put into bat, the visitors made 104-5 from their allotted 20 overs, Sam Middlemiss retiring not out with 25 and Dan Farrow and Ethan Porter chipping in with 11 and 13 respectively. Yeates taking 2 for 18.

In reply, Barby on their home ground, got off to a good start but were then pegged back by the visitors with Archie McMillan taking two wickets.

After a short delay with a nasty looking facial injury to Willoughby’s Dom Whitfield, the game ebbed and flowed as Willoughby kept things tight but boundaries and runs at crucial times kept the home side in touch.

Ultimately it boiled down to the final over and the hosts scrambled the runs required with only three balls to go.

Barby skipper Watson made 25no retired and Finn Haynes 25 no. Credit to both sides for an entertaining game. Thanks to Ian Randle and Lee Johnson from the RDCL for their kind time and effort in rearranging and managing the final.

Under 13s League

West Haddon &

Guilsborough v

Willoughby

Willoughby 193-3

WH&G 121-6

Willoughby won by 72 runs

A fine batting performance from Willoughby’s Under 13s not only secured a fine win in their last game of the season but also went some way to being crowned RDCL Under 13 League Champions for 2016 a day later.

Having won the toss, the visitors opted to bat first and racked up their highest batting total of the season, making 193-3 from their allotted 20 overs with four of their batsmen retiring unbeaten.

Sam Middlemiss (26), Nate Button (25), Jake Quinney (26 for 13 balls), and Dan Farrow (25 off 16 balls) all retired not out before Callum Hanks made 18 and Liam Franks added a late cameo with 19no to set the hosts a challenging target.

Credit must be given to the WH&G youngsters for their efforts and persistence in the field, especially in light of the warm balmy conditions. D Balliston proved the pick of their bowling by taking 1- 28.

In reply, the home side put in a valiant effort with the bat albeit falling some way short as the visitors pegged them back in the early stages providing opportunity to give all their players a bowl.

Parfitt and Draper made 16 and 13 respectively before Archie Houghton made a well-crafted 25 not out retired as WH & G closed on 121 for 6.

Hanks took 2 for 17 and Button 1 for 6 as Willoughby ended a fine league season unbeaten and were then confirmed as champions 24 hours later when their nearest challengers Barby were soundly beaten at home by Rugby to seal a much-deserved success.