South Northants Cricket League, Division One, Bodicote v Willoughby
Willoughby 148 all out
Bodicote 150 for 4
Bodicote won by 6 wickets
Willoughby’s return to action ended in defeat in disappointing fashion at Bodicote.
After winning the toss, the visitors opted to bat and were in trouble with Robin Corrigan and James Barnwell early casualties.
Skipper Ian Hughes and Dave Alcock brought stability to take Willoughby past 50 before the latter was dismissed for the first of five leg before decisions against the visitors.
Richard Foxon and Stuart Hall went the same way for a single and duck respectively but Hughes continued to keep the score ticking.
However, having made 53, he too became a victim of the home side’s interpretations of the lbw rule.
Matt Goss and Lee Johnson hit a flurry of boundaries before Goss was bowled.
Johnson’s counter-attack came to an end with another leg before decision and Willoughby all out for 148.
In reply, Foxon and Marcus Fleming dismissed the opening pair to have Bodicote 12 for 2.
But then runs came freely thanks to a combination of good batting and poor bowling.
A bowling change saw Corrigan and Johnson account for the next pair to have the hosts at 84 for 4 but the runs continued be scored faster as Willoughby’s own leg before appeals were waived away.
Willoughby A v Wroxton A
Willoughby A 99 all out
Wroxton A 100 for 8
Wroxton A won by 2 wickets
The top of the table clash in Division Four may have been low scoring but it was certainly an exciting affair as leaders Wroxton clung on to victory.
Having won the toss, stand-in skipper Nikesh Mistry opted for Willoughby to bat.
They got off to a positive start with Badj Rahman making 36 and Kamesh Ganti 23.
However, they could not build on that and a middle-order collapse was the catalyst for the hosts being skittled one short of three figures.
Wroxton’s Hussain the culprit in chief taking 6 for 13.
In reply, Wroxton equally did not have things their own way.
Troy Reeves took three wickets and was supported by John Gregson and Ganti who took two each.
Despite being 86 for 8, the visitors managed to hold on in the closing overs to secure a two-wicket win in what, by their own admission, was their biggest test of the season to date.
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