CRICKET: Willoughby

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Back to back wins before leaders visit

South Northants

Cricket League

Division 1

Byfield A v Willoughby

Byfield A 184 for 8

Willoughby 185 for 3

Willoughby won by 7 wickets

Willoughby made it back to back wins and put themselves in good shape for the visit of the league leaders this Saturday when they recorded a useful win at Byfield.

Having lost the toss, the visitors were asked to field and saw the hosts start off in cavalier fashion racing to 65 without loss after 10 overs and then onto 101 for 1 at the halfway point of their innings.

Having seen Dave Alcock and Richard Foxon apply the initial breaks on the Byfield charge, John Gregson and Robin Corrigan were called in to the attack and wickets began to tumble, with Corrigan claiming 5-11 and Gregson 2-22. Willoughby’s consistent bowling and perseverance had done well to restrict the total to 184 for 8 given the start Byfield had managed.

In reply Willoughby started slowly and cautiously in comparison to the first innings. James Barnwell and Corrigan reached 36 for no loss after 10 overs before the latter lifted the pace at this point with some text book straight and cover driving, continually reaching the boundary rope with ease. The opening partnership was eventually broken with 84 on the board, Corrigan departing after hitting 60.

Skipper Ian Hughes joined Barnwell in the middle to add another 50 run partnership before Barnwell was run out for 28 with the score on 135. Despite a further loss of Alcock for 13, Foxon (17 not out) and Hughes (58 not out) saw the away side home without any further incident with 4 overs to spare.

Division 4

Willoughby A v

Braunston Paddox A

Braunston Paddox A 106 for 9 (all out)

Willoughby A 107 for 6

Willoughby A won by 4 wickets

Willoughby A rounded off a good day for the club as they completed a comfortable local derby win over neighbours Braunston Paddox A.

The hosts won the toss and put the visitors in to bat, who were soon in trouble being reduced to 20 for 6 with five of the top six batsmen departing for ducks, Karl Quinney taking 3 for 3 in an opening five over spell.

Pete Sarson was the only batsmen to initially offer any resistance making 45 with young Aston Shingler holding up one end well . Once both had departed, Kurt Shingler was the only contributor to the visitors’ total, making 22 as the visitors were eventually bowled out for 106.

In reply, Ian Andrews gave the home side the stability and platform required early in the innings.

After the fall of a couple of wickets he was joined by Aseem Sharma and together they made inroads to the target, Andrews departing for 31 and Sharma 27 before Neil Reeves and Kamesh Ganti saw Willoughby home with just over ten overs to spare. Tom Sabin taking 3 for 25 for the visitors.

Today (Saturday): 2pm start

South Northants Cricket League: Division 1: Willoughby v Greens Norton

Willoughby A have a free week/bye

Sunday: Junior Cricket

Kwik Cricket – 9.45 to 10.45am

Under 11 + Under 13 – 10.45 to 12.15

Linda Morris Memorial Match – 2pm start: Flecknoe v Willoughby XI.