Wroxton 86 all out
Willoughby 87 for 2
A FINE performance with bat and ball saw Willoughby turn the Division One league form book on its head.
They recorded a stunning victory on Saturday over visiting league-leaders Wroxton by eight wickets.
For once, warm sunshine greeted the two teams at The Green as the hosts incredibly played their first home league game of the season and to great effect.
Having won the toss, Willoughby asked the visitors to bat first and the league leaders were soon in trouble.
The opening bowling duo of Marcus Fleming and Tom Hill applied the pressure, so much so Wroxton were six for three, 10 for four and 20 for five, with all their big hitters back in the pavilion.
The visitors attempted to repair the damage.
But having increased the run-rate from barely two an over in the opening 10 overs, they were still struggling at 50 for six at drinks after losing a further wicket to a fine run out.
The pressure from the home side did not let up afterwards as Fleming and Hill completed their 12 over allocation.
Fleming followed his five-wicket haul last week to record figures of four for 20.
Hill was equally impressive with two for 37.
John Gregson then came in to mop up the tail as Wroxton were bowled out for 86.
After a fine, early tea, and with skipper Martin Nichol’s earlier demand of batting sensibly in their ears, Willoughby set about their task without due alarm.
Even the fall of Nichols and Isbar Ali with the score on 22 could not halt their progress.
Stuart Hall and ‘Billy’ Proudman chipped away at the target with caution, working the ball away well to keep the scoreboard ticking.
The drinks break then saw Hall take over.
He crashed six boundaries out of seven balls faced, before completing the comfortable victory with another trademark drive for three as Willoughby earned maximum points from a very useful eigh-wicket success.
Special mention also for the celebrated E C Palmer for stepping in at late notice as the home side’s umpire for the afternoon.
In Division Four, Willoughby ‘A’ were without a fixture due to their turn for a free week.
South Northants Cricket League – 2pm.
Willoughby v Radway
Radway A v Willoughby A
Club friendly – 2pm
Willoughby v Bishops Tachbrook