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Cricket: Deery ton helps Willoughby land local cup final success over Braunston

Written by on September 21, 2020

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Cricket: Deery ton helps Willoughby land local cup final success over Braunston

A maiden century from Michael Deery went some way to Willoughby’s second eleven capturing the Northamptonshire Cricket League’s Division 11 title for 2020 after beating Braunston Paddox in an entertaining Final on Saturday.

The Willoughby youngster celebrated his 17th birthday earlier in the week and capped it by giving his side a match-defining initiative at what turned out to be a crucial point in the game.

Fine autumnal sunshine and the prospect of a local derby final contest ensured a generous socially-distanced following from both sides witnessed proceedings at The Green which saw the hosts lose the toss and get sent into bat first.  The opening partnerships got off to reasonable starts but were unable to build into meaningful stands as Braunston pegged them back at 25 for 2 and 51 for 4.

When Willoughby’s fifth wicket fell with the score at 71, their innings could have gone either way. However Deery was joined by skipper Ryan Perry after the drinks break and the two built a partnership of 107 for the sixth wicket to lead the hosts out of potential trouble and towards somewhere near a competitive total.

Perry departed after a fine captain’s supporting role of 22 but Deery went on to pass three figures, his eventual 107 not out including 16 boundaries and one six as Willoughby closed on 204 for 7 off their 40 overs. For the Braunston bowling, Ben Jones and James Sharp took two wickets apiece with 2 for 49 and 2 for 35 respectively.

In need of a positive opening, the visitor’s reply got off to the worst possible start as they fell to 8 for 2 early on. However Jones along with Simon Stapley looked to stabilise matters and put on 53 for the third wicket until the latter departed for 20. 

From there, the hosts turned the screw with some tight bowling and sharp fielding seeing wickets fall at regular intervals and the required run rate for the visitors gradually creep up.  The introduction of Archie McMillan just after the drinks breaks provided instant rewards as he took two quick wickets and then a third being that of Jones who top scored for the visitors with 85. 

By now the game was well and truly up but Braunston did at least have the satisfaction of seeing out their overs, finishing on 154 for 9. The Willoughby bowling saw McMillan finishing with figures of 3 for 34, Rees Moor 2 for 17 and Deery 2 for 24 with the 50 run victory also ensuring a third league title success for the club’s second string in three years.

Willoughby 2nd XI captain Ryan Perry pictured receiving the NCL Division 11 KO Cup trophy

Final scores at The Green between Willoughby and Braunston Paddox – 19-09-2020

Northamptonshire Cricket League

Division 11 KO Cup Final

Willoughby II v Braunston II

Willoughby II 204 for 7 (40 overs)

Braunston 154 for 9 (40 overs)

Willoughby II won by 50 runs

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