Villagers battle to avoid the drop

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Division One

Northampton Grange Park v Willoughby

Northampton Grange Park 148 for eight (20 pts)

Willoughby 107 all out (five pts)

Northampton Grange Park won by 41 runs.

There was defeat for Willoughby in their final SNCL outing of a weather-hit season.

But the points yielded were enough to avert the threat of the drop.

Batting first, the hosts set Willoughby a target of 148 for eight with three wickets for WCC’s Anthony Franks and two each for skipper Martin Nichols and Tom Hill.

In reply, the visitors crumbled to another low score with the bat, making 107 all out. James Barnwell’s 33 and Hill’s 29 were the only batting contributions of note.

Nevertheless, despite being 41 runs adrift at the close, Willoughby close the season in relative safety.

Rain cancels Willoughby A’s match then saves them from the drop.

Division Four

Willoughby A v Priors

Match cancelled – wet pitch

Overnight and morning rain meant there was no action possible on another wet pitch at The Green.

So both sides collected 10 points which, in the final scheme of things, did Willoughby more good than champions-elect Priors.

While there was one eye turned towards the first team at Grange Park, the secondary cause of concern was towards events down the A361 at Chipping Warden.

A 20-point win or more than 15 points for the latter in their game would see them stay up and send the Willoughby ‘A’ string down.

As it was, Chipping looked on target to get the victory they needed, making 118 all out and then reducing visitors Helmdon to 44 for four.

But rain arrived and the match was declared a ‘no result’, with both sides taking 15 points.

With Willoughby A and Chipping Warden both finishing on the same points total, Willoughby stay in Division Four by virtue of winning more away games.

A close call perhaps, but relegation had it occurred would have been harsh on Willoughby A given they had only played five games out of a possible 16 of a very rain-affected campaign. Three of those games came against (and all being narrow defeats to) the two promoted sides.


Saturday, September 8

Club friendly – 2pm start

Willoughby v Hunningham.