Four-midable Quinney inspires in-form Willoughby - The Rugby Observer

Four-midable Quinney inspires in-form Willoughby

Rugby Editorial 4th Aug, 2020   0

FOUR wickets for Jake Quinney set Willoughby on their way to making it three wins from as many starts in the delayed Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Six season with a hard-fought victory at Thrapston Town 2nds.

Having won the toss, the visitors were asked to bat first and found all of the Willoughby attack on their game.

Another opening pairing of Archie McMillan and Kamesh Ganti took out both openers before the introduction of Quinney saw the 17-year-old go through the middle order.

He recorded figures of 4-23 from his eight-over spell and was only denied a five-wicket haul by a front foot no-ball.

Ben Hollis (2-19) chipped in later down the order along with a wicket apiece for Nikesh Mistry (1-16) and Mark Fell (1-23) as Stuart Durman’s 27 not out at number nine proved the only significant innings of note in the hosts’ total of 118.

That modest total on paper was brought into perspective with Willoughby seeing the early loss of Chait Kursala but Hassan Nawaz (35) and Ashley Rayner (30) rebuilt the innings.

They looked to have laid a platform on an indifferent pitch which was now seeing the ball flying head height one moment and staying low the next, but both departed in quick succession to Tim Sawford (2-11).

Two further wickets for the hosts pulled the game into the balance a little more, but Ian Andrews in at four held firm and his patient 22 not out along with welcome runs for skipper Hollis with 16 not out guided Willoughby home with no further alarms, five wickets to the good and with almost as many overs to spare.

Division 11

Willoughby 2nds v Kettering Town 5ths

Willoughby 278-5; Kettering Town 5ths 113-9

Willoughby won by 165 runs

FINE innings of 92 from Martin Nichols and 84 from Justin Hanks ensured Willoughby’s second XI had a much more comfortable passage to also making it three wins on the bounce with a comprehensive success over Kettering Town 5ths.

Having won the toss and decided to bat, the hosts were initially reduced to 7-1 and then 32-2 with the early departures of James Goodwin and Matt Cartridge.

However, that brought together the old and young in the shape of experienced campaigner Nichols and another of the club’s upcoming talents in Hanks.

They put on 168 for the third wicket which was broken when Hanks went for a fine 84.

Nichols then put on 81 with Matt Goss for the fourth wicket before the former also departed with a ton in sight, falling for 92, as Willoughby racked up 278-5 off their 40 overs. Isaac Baker’s 3-9 proved the best of the visiting bowling.

In reply, Braydon Billington and James Wiles made 31 and 24 at two and three respectively, but they both fell to the bowling of Michael Deery as part of his return of 4-31.

Only Neil Baker’s 11 further down the order made it into double figures for Kettering as Hanks (2-11) and a wicket apiece for father and other son combination Fergus and Ambrose Deery and also Matt Cartridge saw them close down the visitors’ innings well adrift of its target.

Saturday’s fixtures (11am):

Northamptonshire Cricket League Division Six – Rothwell Town 2nds v Willoughby.

Division 11 – Willoughby 2nds v Haddon 3rds.

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