1sts beaten by Silverstone racers
By Karl Quinney
Hosts edged out in close entertaining encounter but safety assured
South Northants Cricket League
Willoughby v Silverstone
Silverstone 226 for 6
Willoughby 211 for 8
Silverstone won by 15 runs
Willoughby came up just short in an entertaining high scoring game with Silverstone the weekend before but it was their points allocation and results elsewhere which meant it was smiles all around for both teams.
In a match reduced to 35 overs a side, the visitors posted a very competitive total making 226 for 6. Opener Andrew Key made 58 which was added to by David Williams with a top score of 84 as Lee Johnson (2 for 45), Richard Foxon (2 for 27), Ashley Rayner (1 for 21) and Jake Quinney (1 for 40) shared the wickets.
Willoughby gave another good account of themselves in with the bat but wickets fell at crucial times to see their efforts ultimately peter out.
Their reply was once again headed by Tom Stevenson with the 19 year old continuing his rich vein of form with an impressive knock of 82. Rayner made 39, Stuart Hall added 29 and Ian Andrews a late 21 but the visitors did enough with the ball to restrict Willoughby to 211 for 8 at the close.
However the points return from the game coupled with results elsewhere meant any late threat of relegation was averted and Willoughby’s Premier Division status was secured for next season.