CRICKET: Willoughby

Ben Hollis batting for Willoughby 2nds
Ben Hollis batting for Willoughby 2nds

Rain stops play in both Saturday matches

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1

Woodford Halse v Willoughby

Willoughby 118 all out (12pts)

Woodford Halse 62-3 (15pts)

No result – match abandoned due to rain

Rain put paid to Willoughby’s encounter at Woodford Halse on Saturday and with it any lingering hopes of chasing the two promotion spots

The previous week’s defeat to one of the division’s title contenders, Afro Caribbean, appeared to had put paid to Willoughby’s chances of promotion, so the visit to Woodford - one of the pack of teams also still in contention, could still influence who does go up.

Before the weather took hold, the visitors batted first and could only post 118 all out, Isbar Ali top scoring with 32 with Graham Hallam chipping in with 21 as Woodford’s Ben Chambers returned figures of 4-15.

In reply, Woodford had reached 62-3 – WCC’s Anthony Franks taking 2 for 21 with Woodford’s Tom Henderson making 31 and Dean Haynes progressing on 21 not out, when with the game evenly poised the rain arrived forcing the teams off with no further play then possible.

Division 4

Willoughby ‘A’ v Radway ‘A’

Willoughby ‘A’ 114 all out (15 pts)

Radway ‘A’ 83-5 (17 pts)

No result – match abandoned due to rain

It was a similar story at The Green as in the meeting of the bottom two, Willoughby ‘A’ were unable to exact revenge from a month ago and had to be content with a share of the honours following another rain-hit fixture.

Not dissimilar to the 1st XI, the 10-man ‘A’ side batting first could only post a target of 114 all out; Ben Hollis top scoring for the hosts with 28 with George Elsby taking 4-41.

Radway’s reply had progressed to reach 83-5 – Pete Reynolds taking 2 for 14 and Sean Thornton taking 2-38, when once more with the game in the balance and the visitors perhaps slight favourites, rain forced off both teams with no further play possible and the match abandoned thereafter.

The 15 point return was perhaps better than nothing, although results elsewhere were not favourable meaning this week’s visit to Chipping Warden – themselves a place above WCC, and then both side’s last fixtures the week after take on even greater significance and importance at the foot of the table.


Saturday – 2pm starts: South Northants Cricket League

Division 1: Willoughby v Grange Park

Division 4: Chipping Warden v Willoughby ‘A’

Sunday: Kwik Cricket game session: 10.30am to 12noon