Willingham scores a century in draw

Lloyd Willingham. Picture: David John Photography

Lloyd Willingham. Picture: David John Photography - Credit: Archant

Lloyd Willingham scored a ton for Shenley Village in Saturday’s draw with Chorleywood in the Saracens Herts Championship.

The opener spent over three-and-a-half hours at the crease and carried his bat for 101 to help Shenley post a first innings score of 246-6.

Willingham and Tom Bruce scored the majority of the runs when they put up 126 for the second wicket, which took Shenley from 18-1 following the dismissal of Charlie Thurston for 12 to 144-2 in the 32nd over.

Bruce added to a century he hit six days ago in the Herts Trophy against Redbourn with 65 off 57 balls before he was clean bowled by Dave Bushnell. His innings included one of the game’s two sixes, with the other scored by Chorleywood tail-ender Jerry Rice.

The next three batsmen subsided meekly before Willingham found another partner in Neal Kanabar, who scored 27 in a 53-run stand to push Shenley to a decent total.

Chorleywood found runs throughout the innings but none of the batsmen were able to carve out a match-winning innings.

James Rose and Jeremy Hinds came closest, scoring 46 each, but neither was allowed to push on thanks to the safe hands of Bruce. The New Zealander dismissed Rose off Thurston’s bowling and did it all himself to get Hinds out, snaring a caught and bowled.

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Ryan Evans hit 35 from number seven but Bruce, who took four wickets, got him out and then followed up with Freddie Dare the very next ball.

Rice put Chorleywood on the cusp of victory but they ran out of overs just five runs shy of the win and had to settle for a draw.