IT is a case of as you were and go again for Willoughby CC as they embark on their 2022 season in the coming weeks.
Ben Hollis will once again captain the club’s Saturday 1st XI as they head into a fourth season in the Northamptonshire County League (NCL).
Thanks to a combination of a seventh-place finish last season and a close season league restructure, they now drop down into Division seven but on the plus side have the prospect of a local duel with Yelvertoft on the cards.
Despite finishing runners-up last term, the club’s Saturday 2nd XI also drop a division and are now in Division 13 with Ryan Perry continuing as captain for another term.
Hollis will be backed on a Saturday by vice-captain Ashley Rayner, the latter retaining the Wednesday XI captaincy in Division 2 of the Rugby and District Cricket League (RDCL) plus leading the club’s Sunday XI.
James Andrews will also continue as captain of the Midweek ‘B’ team in the RDCL.
Willoughby will again field teams at under-11, under-13 and under-15 age group levels in the RDCL junior leagues alongside their weekly coaching sessions.
In addition, the successful ECB All Stars Cricket programme (for 5-8 year old’s) and Dynamos Cricket (for 8-11 year old’s) will run for eight weeks at The Green starting from Friday, May 13.
To round things off, Willoughby Ladies are eagerly anticipating their Tip and Run League action which starts on Monday, May 16.
The 2022 season at Willoughby CC gets underway on Saturday, April 9 with Southam being the first visitors and opponents to The Green, before WCC make the short trip to Oakfield and Rowland Utd 24 hours later.
Braunston Paddox and Stoneleigh are the visitors the week after (Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17) before Willoughby’s RDCL and NCL campaigns get underway on Wednesday, April 27 and Saturday, April 30 respectively.
For further details about Willoughby CC, visit the club’s website at: www.willoughbycc.org.uk