Ganti shows the way for Willoughby

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South Northants Cricket League Division 4 Preston Bissett v Willoughby A

There was finally some cricket for Willoughby A as they enjoyed a three-wicket success from their long trip to Preston Bissett.

Credit to the home side for their efforts in getting the game underway as blue skies, sunshine and a virtually dry pitch greeted the teams on arrival.

Despite the first-team’s cancellation, the visitors opted to travel with the chosen side.

Having won the toss, the hosts opted to bat and were initially pegged back with Kamesh Ganti continuing his rich vein of form since joining the club.

He took two wickets before a run out was followed by success on the welcome return of young Hassan Nawaz.

However, that was all the visitors could yield with the ball as Bissett’s opener Sellahewa held firm to make a useful 50.

He finally perished off the bowling of Troy Reeves for a second catch behind for wicket-keeper Ben Hollis but the visitors struggled to make regular inroads and in the end Preston Bissett made 151-6 from their 40 overs.

Ganti returned figures of 3-29 but mention should also go to under-13 captain Adam Whitfield – who had figures of 0-8 on debut – and Jake Quinney from the club’s under-11s who both bowled and performed well in the field.

Willoughby’s reply got off to the worst possible start with Badj Rahman’s off-stump clattered from the first ball of the innings before Matt Smart’s middle stump was set back to leave them 5-2.

With Nawaz departing at 23-3 and Hollis holing out at 42-4 the visitors’ hopes lay in the balance.

However, Ganti and Troy Reeves took Willoughby to 70-4 at halfway and pushed on until the latter departed three runs short of bringing up the 100.

Neil Reeves joined Ganti and together they crafted their way to the brink of victory only for Reeves to depart lbw with the scores tied.

Ryan Perry lasted two balls before offering a catch but Ganti rounded matters off to complete an unbeaten innings of 80 which included 10 fours and three sixes as Willoughby took full points.