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25th Oct, 2021

Willoughby's batting efforts prove enough as Radway skittled out for 54

WILLOUGHBY’S efforts with the bat proved not necessary as they bowled out Radway for just 54 on Saturday afternoon, winning by 154 runs.

After losing the toss, Willoughby were inserted to bat and soon found their feet as Martin Nichols and David Alcock guided the visiting side in the 30s.

Alcock (15) then fell with the score on 34 before Ashley Rayner fell for a disappointing duck.

Richard Foxon (35) helped Willoughby past the 100 mark while fellow middle order batsman Ben Hollis added 40 to Willoughby’s total.

The visitors would’ve hoped to hit more, however a strong spell of bowling from Handley saw the Radway pace bowler pick up three wickets for 41 runs while Walker earned four wickets for just 24 runs.

Frank Claydon (37) kept the scoreboard ticking before a tailend collapse saw Willoughby manage to edge past 200 as they closed on 208/8.

In reply, only Walker (14) and Handley and Squires (both 12) could only return with double figure scores as Radway collapsed to a miserable 54 all out.

Multiple Willoughby bowlers shared the wickets though Simon Nicholls starred with figures of 9/3 as Willoughby won by 154 runs.

2ND XI

THERE was long overdue success for Willoughby’s second string as they won the basement battle at The Green by eight wickets.

Batting first, the visitors looked in a promising position at the halfway drinks break, reaching 99/5.

However the loss of big hitting top scorer Deepak Aggarwal for 65 saw a collapse with the visitors losing their last five wickets for 25 runs.

John Gregson and Nikesh Mistry took three wickets apiece.

In reply, Ian Andrews and Keith Gibson – with 28* and 50* respectively – saw Willoughby home after an opening partnership of 46 had set them on their way, and gave the club their first joint victories on a Saturday since the end of April.

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