Willoughby hold out to end season with Stoneleigh success
Enjoyable day out in front of the Abbey brings curtain down nicely on Saturdays for 2018
Willoughby brought their Saturday cricket engagements to a close for 2018 with an enjoyable day out and well-fought game at Stoneleigh.
The visit to the host’s picturesque setting by the Avon with the backdrop of the Abbey is always a season highlight and coupled with fine weather were perfect was what turned out to be another entertaining game of cricket.
Willoughby batted first and got off to something of a flying start as Hassan Nawaz got into the host’s opening attack, bringing his side’s fifty up inside six overs before reaching his own personal half century three overs later. With a maiden ton on the cards, Nawaz fell for 68 and fellow opener Ian Andrews for 30, however Ashley Rayner stroked his way to an unbeaten half ton before retiring and Martin Nichols added 30.
From there though the visitors innings which looked set for a minimum of 250 at one stage, crawled to 206 all out with one over to spare as Stoneleigh made inroads into the middle order.
In reply, the hosts got off to a decent if not slightly fortuitous start as the young pace attack of Archie McMillan and Jake Quinney were sharp but unrewarded as saw edges off the bat unrewarded. kishan Parmar (2 for 33) then came on to take the pace off the ball and he accounted for both openers including Neil Carter for 44. He was replaced by John Gregson (1 for 23) and then Karl Quinney whose return from injury yielded 3 for 21 to take out the middle order.
However Miles Scrammel in at five was still at the crease and with some interesting shots threatened to push the hosts to victory. But Willoughby showed there was still something left in the tank, as Martin Nichols taking 1 for 7, Fergus Deery, and then youngsters Quinney (1 for 32) and McMillan closing down the latter overs to fend off a late charge by the hosts; Willoughby winning by 16 runs.