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Cricket: Back to back wins for Willoughby with narrow Thrapston success

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Cricket: Back to back wins for Willoughby with narrow Thrapston success


There was a nervy but successful end to Willoughby’s Northamptonshire Cricket League meeting with Thrapston Town IIs on Saturday as the villagers edged a close fought battle by only six runs.

Another Saturday, another lost toss for skipper Ben Hollis, so the visiting skipper put Willoughby into bat on a dull damp day. Wickets fell early and continued to fall for the home side leaving them on 72 – 5 with only Scott Cluley’s 38 troubling the scorers, but this was the time when Ben Hollis took it on his shoulders to attack back.

Maximums started to flow from the skipper although at 102 for 9 it looked like there was going to be a low score to chase However Hollis with last man in and Dan Farrow put on 54 for the last wicket giving the home team a surprising total of 156 for 9 to defend; the former finishing on 67 off 53 balls.

In reply Farrow and Callum Hanks each took an early wicket to leave the visitors on 23 for 2 but Thrapston settled and a partnership was then beginning to grow until Nikesh Mistry & Mark Fell took three wickets between them. A slightly fortunate run out by Mark Fell, after having the ball hit back at him, touching his hand and then onto the wickets and home umpire Neal Hallum, turned the tide further and had the visitors at 108 for 6, still needing 50 runs with only four wickets remaining. The visitors edged their way to 146 for 8 and when the returning Farrow took another wicket leaving the score at 150 for 9, unbeknown to the home team the visitors unfortunately had a player that had to leave ill, meaning Willoughby had won by six runs in a thriller. Farrow finishing with 3 for 30, Mistry 2 for 20 and Hanks 2 for 47.

The result leaves Willoughby in sixth place and 66 points adrift of top spot entering the second half of the season, although with a trio of winnable games on paper to come in July, that picture may soon change.

*Willoughby’s 2nds made it a 40 point day for the club as they bounced back from defeat the week before with victory at the setting of Great Oakley seconds.

From Rugby the rain was relentless and the game looked in real jeopardy, but once passing Northampton the gloomy rain and clouds lifted to near bone dry roads. However with weather around still a little dubious the skipper lost the loss and the visitors were put into bat. With the loss of 3 of the top 5 batters skipper Ryan Perry rung the changes and promoted James Andrews (2) to open with Matt Cartridge (29). The innings progressed in an unusual way, runs were particularly easy to come by with the friendly bowling on offer, but the wicket was very inconsistent and accounted for the majority of the top and middle order. Willoughby saw themselves at a healthy 98 off 22overs but for the loss of 7 wickets. With the innings in the balance Martin Nichols ( 42* ) and Rees Moor (48) put on a excellent stand of 81 for the 8th wicket, Moor falling two runs short of a half century. The innings finished 200 for 8 off 40 overs.

After the break things didn’t start well as Rees Moor (0 – 17) sustained an early injury and was replaced early by Matt Cartridge (1-23) who provided an early wicket. A stand of 80 from Page (39) and skipper Pratt (34) had Great Oakley on course after 23 overs.

A bowling change bringing in Nichols (2 – 5) inspired a comeback as he accounted for both batsmen within two overs. Willoughby then pulled back the run rate and runs became increasingly hard to come by. Thornton coming back from injury to record figures of (2 – 8) and a fantastic  10 over spell from Archie McMillan resulting in only 23 runs. In the end Great Oakley spluttered to finish on 136 for 6 off the allotted 40 overs; Willoughby winners by 64 runs.

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