Division strugglers do the double over 1sts
South Northants League
Hinton-in-the-Hedges 207 -6
Willoughby 127 all out
Hinton-in-the-Hedges won by 80 runs
A second successive defeat for Willoughby leaves them with one cautious eye on the foot of the table after defeat to second from bottom Hinton-in-the-Hedges.
The home side were put into the field by the visitors whose decision to bat first proving a useful move.
They got off to a steady start, until the opening partnership was broken by a combination of Martin Nicholls ‘rolling back the years’ with a magnificent catch off the bowling of Marcus Fleming,
However, a bit of luck for the Hinton batsmen, along with an unusually flat performance by Willoughby in the field and with the ball saw Hinton reach 207-6 off their 40 overs. Sean Gardiner top scored with 86no, against Dave Alcock with 3-41 and Fleming 2-44 being the main wicket takers for the hosts.
In reply Willoughby’s innings never got going, and they lost regular wickets in the face of some accurate Hinton bowling, to eventually subside to 127 all out.
Robin Corrigan top scored with 39, and some late hitting from Fleming secured a second batting point, but Hinton completed the league double over their hosts.
Crownhill 84 all out
Willoughby A 88- 2
Willoughby A won by 8 wickets
Willoughby A enjoyed a more comfortable than expected success away at Crownhill.
Having won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first, the visitors got off to the perfect start.
First, Kamesh Ganti removed Crownhill’s run-prolific opener for a second-ball duck, before Karl Quinney took a wicket in his first over to reduce the hosts to 1-2.
Despite Crown skipper Stuart Clark making a boundary-ridden 18, his wicket was one of more to fall at regular intervals to see Crownhill struggling at 30- 5 and then 60-9 as Antony Franks and John Gregson also got in on the act.
A stubborn last wicket partnership with Paul Fleming remaining 18no stemmed the flow for 12 overs before John Barrows took the final scalp to see Crownhill bowled out for 84. Franks finished with 3-14, Quinney 3-18, Ganti 2-20, with a wicket apiece for Gregson and Barrows.
In reply, Willoughby lost openers Ian Andrews and Badj Rehman inside four balls for single figure scores apiece, however Ganti was joined by Manny Sidhu and together they compiled an unbeaten stand of 74, seeing Willoughby home to their target inside 15 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Fixtures: Saturday - 2pm: Division 1: Willoughby v Evenley A. Division 4: Preston Bissett v Willoughby A.
Sunday 2pm: Club Friendly: Willoughby v Leek Wootton.