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12th Aug, 2022

CRICKET - Willoughby's second team record club's highest ever score

WILLOUGHBY CC’s second team recorded the club’s highest ever score after finishing on 367-6 in their huge win against Great Oakley.

The home side smashed a staggering 109 runs off the first 10 overs courtesy of openers Anshul Satsangi (56) and Sean Thornton (89).

Another fine knock from Matt Sutton (67) kept the runs ticking along nicely as Willoughby reached the 30th over on 258-4 – chasing down the club record total which stood at 328.

And Martin Nichols (81 not out) helped Willoughby reach an astonishing 367-6 at the end of their 40 overs at a run rate of more than nine an over.

Great Oakley were in trouble from the start of their run chase as Archie McMillan (4-45) and Rees Moor (2-29) left the visitors reeling on 42-5.

And despite Great Oakley putting together a 70-run partnership, they soon collapsed from 112-6 to 118 all out as Ryan Lines and Fergus Deery mopped up the tail end.

The 249-run win keeps Willoughby 2nds in the Northamptonshire Cricket League Division 13 promotion spots heading towards the final few games of the season, just one point behind second place.

And Willoughby’s first team cruised to a seven-wicket win against Desborough Town in Division Seven to keep pace with the league’s promotion hopefuls.

Desborough opener Ben Westerby (20) made the only meaningful contribution with the bat as Willoughby took wickets at regular intervals.

Mark Fell (4-42) opened the attack and shone with the ball whilst Stuart Bonthsys (2-9) and Dan Farrow (2-18) both returned economical figures as Desborough were bowled out for 106.

A quickfire 37 from Hassan Nawaz set Willoughby on their way to victory as fellow opener Callum Hanks top scored with 45 not out.

Despite a mini wobble which saw Ashley Rayner caught out for a duck and Chaitanya Kurusala make a single run, Scott Cluley’s 16 not out eased Willoughby to the required total in the 16th over.

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