WILLOUGHBY Cricket Club took time to look back on another encouraging season at their annual presentation evening held recently at the Rainsbrook Conference Centre in Rugby.
The club’s first team endured an up-and-down season to finish mid-table in Division One of the South Northants Cricket League (SNCL), although there is an optimistic view that a promotion push may be on the cards for 2016 providing all the club’s players are injury-free and consistently available for selection.
After being denied promotion from last season due to a league reshuffle, Willoughby’s second team made amends this time by securing promotion to Division Three of the SNCL.
It was reward for another encouraging season of relative consistency, for having lost their opening game of the season the team went the remainder of the campaign unbeaten, albeit to only be pipped to the divisional title by a mere two points.
If there was one disappointment it came with WCC’s midweek XI in the Rugby and District Cricket League (RDCL) as they finished bottom of Division 3 and fall to their lowest level in the midweek league for many years.
Junior and youth cricket at Willoughby continues to go from strength to strength. The club again fielded teams at Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 levels in the RDCL – the under 13s (of which most are Under 12 or younger) finishing runners-up in their division.
One of the biggest cheers of the night was rightly reserved for the Willoughby Ladies Tip and Run team, who won the local T & R league for the first time in five years.
Club president and treasurer Eric Palmer presented all junior cricket members of the club with individual medals in recognition for their efforts and caps to those making their senior debuts.
Other notable winners on the night included Karl Quinney who was crowned Senior Cricketer of the Year, while Marcus Fleming was named the first team’s Player of the Year.
The Youth Cricketer of the Year accolade went to Tom Stevenson and clubman of the year was presented to Neal Hallam.
In the women’s section, Josephine Hallam was crowned Players’ Player, the Best Batswoman went to Josephine Hallam and Beci Clish was awarded for the most catches.
Willoughby will begin their preparations for the 2016 season with pre-season training and practice starting early in the New Year.
And new players of all ages interested in joining the club should contact Karl on 07775 883102, email email@example.com. or visit www.willoughbycc.org.uk