CRICKET: Willoughby take on Castlethorpe and Syresham today

Manny Sidhu hit 166 not out last weekend
Manny Sidhu hit 166 not out last weekend

Sidhu’s 166no club’s joint third highest score

Today’s fixtures: Saturday 6th – 2pm starts

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1: Castlethorpe v Willoughby. Division 3

Willoughby A v Syresham A

South Northants Cricket League Division 1

Willoughby v Bodicote

Willoughby 191 for 7

Bodicote 79 all out

Willoughby won by 112 runs

Willoughby bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a handsome victory over visitors Bodicote.

In a double-header of fixtures between the clubs, the early signs did not bode well for the home side for after a decent start with the two Ians – Andrews and skipper Hughes, at the crease, a duplicate of last week’s batting meltdown looked to be on the cards.

Hughes went for 24 followed four balls later by Andrews for 13 and from 37-0, three quic top order wickets for little runs left Willoughby at 43-5. However, Ryan Perry and Tom Stevenson saw off the opening bowlers and put on 52 before the former was caught for 35.

At 95-6 off 27 overs, Richard Foxon entered the fray and in typical fashion upped the rate and scored a quick 42 in a partnership of 81 with Stevenson, who finished unbeaten on 46 as Willoughby closed on 191- 7.

In reply, an early run out and LBW swung things Willoughby’s way, as the visitors collapsed from 50-4 to 78 all out. Dave Alcock then mopped things up with a return of 5-16 with Stevenson’s 2 -10 also getting in on the act as Willoughby went through the visitors for a convincing victory.

Division 3

Bodicote A v Willoughby A

Willoughby A 298 for 2

Bodicote A 200 all out

Willoughby A won by 98 runs

The first team success was mirrored in equally convincing fashion by Willoughby’s 2nd XI over their Bodicote counterparts with the highlight being a mammoth innings from Manny Sidhu.

The Willoughby teenager was again amongst the runs and at his destructive best as batting first, the visitors made 298-2 having recovered from losing Sean Thornton in the first over.

Sidhu had no such problems and had the Willoughby statistician on call again after compiling a stunning individual knock of 166 not out, the third joint highest innings in the club’s history and certainly the highest by a player under the age of 21.

Another product of Willoughby’s junior and youth section, Hassan Nawaz, also joined in the fun making a fine 70 as the visitors put the game well out of reach before tea.

In reply, Bodicote tried to make a good fist of things with Santosh Singh making 65 and Ijaz Hussain adding 59, but Martin Nichols’ 2 for 11 and Troy Reeves’ 2 for 35 kept the hosts in check as Willoughby bowled them out for exactly 200 to complete victory by 98 runs.