Rain halts Willoughby's progress while A team lose out to Sibford - The Rugby Observer

Rain halts Willoughby's progress while A team lose out to Sibford

CRICKET: WILLOUGHBY’S 1st XI were out of action for a second weekend on the spin after the club’s local derby at Dunchurch was one of many SNCL games which did not start due to the weather.

The game was cancelled due to a pitch which was deemed unplayable.

There was better luck for Willoughby A though as they hosted Sibford in Division Three of the South Northants Cricket League.

The spotlight once again fell on the club’s second team – and they were on the wrong end of a narrow defeat in a low scoring game.




With the green looking in excellent playing condition courtesy of the work from Fergus Deery, the hosts decided to bat first on having won the toss and made slow progress early on – recovering from being 20/2 to crawl past 50.

However, the departure of Keith Gibson for 26 and then Martin Nichols (19) saw wickets start to tumble as Willoughby went from 69/3 to 97 all out.


Alex Beaumont did the damage taking four wickets for just 15 runs after Brian Morbey initially took three wickets for 20 runs for the visiting side.

In reply, Sibford found the going equally as challenging having been reduced to 11/1 and then 21/2.

Sean Thornton claimed both wickets and then a third before 14-year-old Jake Quinney entered the fray – taking two wickets for 17 runs in five overs to leave Sibford at 58 for 5 and the game in the balance.

The visitor’s opener Luker was still there, but his dismissal for a top score of 33 set a few nerves going further as Willoughby sensed an unlikely victory may be in the offering.

However, a sixth partnership of 24 for Sibford may not sound much – but it proved effective.

Though that sixth partnership was broken by Nichols – with Deery and Hassan Nawaz also claiming wickets to add to the tension – the visiting side reached their target somewhat nervously to win by two wickets.

With a brighter forecast this weekend, Willoughby’s first team will play Croughton at home while Willoughby A will play Maids Moreton.

Both games start at 2pm.

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