CRICKET: Memorial fixture for Fred Mitchell

The Rugby & District Cricket League select XI
The Rugby & District Cricket League select XI

Willoughby honours 60 years of dedication to local cricket

Fred Mitchell

Willoughby's XI on Sunday

Willoughby's XI on Sunday

Memorial Fixture

Willoughby CC XI v Rugby and District Select XI

Willoughby 149 for 8

Rugby and District Select XI 129 for 6

Willoughby won by 20 runs

An entertaining afternoon on Sunday at The Green saw a Willoughby CC Select XI entertain a Rugby and District Cricket League XI in the inaugural Fred Mitchell Memorial Fixture.

A large crowd of family, friends, and players old and current from a variety of cricket clubs – both local and as far away as Norfolk and Yorkshire – saw the hosts edge a very social encounter by 20 runs in a match befitting of the occasion and the way Fred loved, played and was involved in the game of cricket

Batting first, the hosts with a collection of faces current and old made 149-8 from their 32 overs with Stuart Hall making 32, Robin Corrigan 27, and Dave Alcock 26, with a special mention for 65 year old Gil Ivens who having travelled down from Yorkshire made a well-crafted 23 not out.

Marcus Fleming took 2- 10, with Rowlands United’s Mark Randle 1- 4, Barby’s Nigel Hancock 1-23 and young Max Johnson from Rugby CC taking the wicket of WCC’s James Barnwell to much delight for figures of 1-4.

In reply, the RDCL Select XI saw Randle and Hancock set a good foundation before honourably retiring not out having made 24 and 20 respectively.

Alan Simms from Rowlands made 14 before RDCL Treasurer, Lee Johnson (of Willoughby) made 17 not out as the RDCL closed on 129-6. Hall taking 2-18 and Graham Hallam 2-10.

In many ways, the result was immaterial as the day was all about honouring and remembering Fred, who sadly passed away earlier in the year having contributed so much to both Willoughby Cricket Club and the Rugby and District Cricket League with immense dedication and distinction over 60 years.

In between innings and after a superb tea, WCC Chairman Brian Hall, and club President and Treasurer Eric Palmer gave short speeches with accounts of their long association with Fred, this in front of the club’s new electronic scoreboard which has been erected and honoured with a plaque in his memory.

Also, a memorial clock to remember another celebrated Willoughby CC figure, the late Dick Anderson, who sadly passed away last year, was unveiled, itself also a fitting tribute and reminder of his talents and achievements as a player on the field with WCC and his contributions off it.

Sincere thanks are extended from Willoughby CC to everyone who made the day such a resounding success – notably the small army of tea ladies and Ben Hollis on the BBQ, the Rugby and District Cricket League for their support and involvement, Don and Jan Lester from Barby CC for their assistance and typically immaculate scoring, players from the aforementioned RDCL clubs for their attendance and participation, and also to Waitrose Daventry for their support.