Crick Lions roar back to Sunday victory
By Karl Quinney
High scoring friendly goes the way of late-change opponents
Willoughby v Crick Lions
Crick Lions 231 for 6
Willoughby 178 for 7
Crick Lions won by 53 runs
A late change of opponents meant Crick Lions were the Sunday visitors for the second week running to the Green and they made it one-all in what is turning out to be an impromptu 2018 series with a 53 run victory.
With Massey Ferguson crying off late for the hosts and Crick in a similar vacant position with their scheduled opponents, some last minute arrangements proved all worth the while for what was a high scoring afternoon in the Willoughby sunshine.
Crick – aided by two Willoughby faces - batted first and made 231 for 6 off their allotted overs. M Gough made a fine half century, with WCC stand-ins Alex Proudman and Ben Hollis adding 36 and 22 respectively. kishan Parmar returned figures of 2 for 29, Mark Fell (recovering from his overseas exertions) took 2 for 28 with a wicket apiece for Rees Moor and Sam Middlemiss.
In reply, Willoughby’s made a positive start as saw opener Ian Andrews make a useful 57 and Rayner make 29 before being given out questionably LBW by his teammate. Although the momentum of the run chase petered out thanks to some useful bowling by the visitors, Moor, in at 8 crafted a well-worked and useful contribution on senior debut, finishing with a very credible 25 not out as Willoughby closed on 178 for 7, 53 runs adrift.
Many thanks again to Crick Lions for stepping in at very short notice to play the fixture.