Last over drama hands victory to Willoughby

Willoughby Cricket Club v Wardington'Willoughby Bowler - Karl Quinney
Willoughby Cricket Club v Wardington'Willoughby Bowler - Karl Quinney

South Northants Cricket League

Division 1

Greens Norton v Willoughby

Willoughby 136 all out

Greens Norton 134 all out

Willoughby won by 2 runs

A dramatic end to play at Greens Norton where Willoughby tasted victory when defeat looked likely.

The visitors batted first and never looked comfortable on a good pitch with early season movement as the wickets of first Dave Alcock then Ian Hughes put the hosts in control.

Stuart Hall (24) and James Barnwell (22) before both perished in quick succession. Stand-in skipper Graham Hallam posted 30 and the tail put on a few useful runs with Willoughby finishing at 136 all out with a couple of overs unused.

At the resumption after tea, an early wicket gave Willoughby hope which looked to have been wiped out with the next partnership of 64 between Taylor and Bodily keeping Greens well in control until the collapse started. A winning position of 104-3 became 104-5 before Greens progressed to 126-6 with a couple of overs to go.

Then panic set in and a series of run outs saw the host’s tail collapse before a final run out off the penultimate ball saw the hosts fall short giving Willoughby victory by a mere 2 runs.

John Gregson the pick of the WCC bowlers returning 3 for 27.

Division 4

Willoughby A v Wardington

Wardington 117 all out

Willoughby 122 for 1

Willoughby won by 9 wickets

A more clear-cut outcome at The Green where Willoughby ‘A’ recorded a convincing nine wicket success over visitors Wardington.

The visitors lost the toss and having been sent into bat were in trouble from the outset as Karl Quinney took out the top order with four of his eventual haul of 5 for 18.

The visitors recovered slightly but then found similar problems against Chana with the ball who bowled well for figures of 4 for 32; Quinney taking the final scalp caught and bowled as Wardington were bowled out for 117.

In reply, the home side recovered from losing Matt Goss agonisingly playing on to just nudge the bails off from the seventh ball of the innings, as fellow opener Baj Rehman and Ben Hollis took Willoughby steadily along to reach tea with the score at 40 for 1. After the interval, the pair continued in similar fashion, Hollis the more aggressive passing his 50 before cutting lose to finish the game off in style with a six. After his earlier three catches and a run-out, Hollis capped a good day with an unbeaten 69 containing 4 sixes and five boundaries, ably supported by Rehman with a patient and measured 32 not out, as Willoughby took full points reaching their target with 15 overs to spare.

A useful start for the 2nds although they can expect sterner test in the weeks to come, beginning this weekend with the short trip and a local derby meeting with their counterparts at Dunchurch and Bilton.