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.
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.