There was a run-glut at Rothley Park where the Firsts lost out by three wickets thanks to some late-order hitting from former Leicestershire and England Lions bowler Nathan Buck.
Having been put in, skipper Jake Gillett will have been delighted, not only with his own half-century (64 from 116 balls), but with the dynamism that came from Willows in his 102 and also 59 from Sahid Chauhan.
Chauhan's 59 came from just 38 balls with five fours and four maximums and was his first half-century for the club as he helped us close on 276 for 9 - Buck claiming 5-34, including the wickets of both Willows and Chauhan.
Rothey's reply started well for us with Will Wade removing Sunny Patel (0) and Anish Patel (6) with only 12 on the board. The left-armer would return later in the piece fo pick up two further wickets to finish with 4-31.
Vikai Kelley was the backbone of the Rothley reply with 102 from 111 before falling to Gillett (1-55) but it was Buck's day as his unbeaten 80 from 39 balls with four boundaries and eight maximums that won the day with the home side getting home with four balls and three wickets in the bank.
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The Second XI returned to winning ways with a comfortable 56-run win over Hinckley Amateur at Mill Lane.
Also being put in to bat the innings started well with Chris Bulmer (34) and Robert Scullion (26) posting 48 for the first wicket. The solid start of 48 for 0 soon became 71 for 4 and then 103 for 6 as the Hinckley bowlers hit back.
However, a stand of 63 between Sean Dudley (37*) and Sam Gale (47) set the Seconds back on the right path to a competitive total.
Gale's 47 from 41 balls included six fours and two maximums before Dudley finished things off with a stand of 29 with Phil Hackett (7*) to help us post 195 for 7.
Hinckley's reply was a stop-start affair with only really James Axon really getting going with 44 before being unluckily run out via a deflection onto the stumps from Gale.
Hackett was the pick with the ball with 4-22 while the ever-reliable Thomas Blay bagged 3-40, taking his wicket tally to 13 in just four games.
Dudley, who had more than played his part with the bat also got in on the act with a stunning one-handed grab behind the pegs to give Hackett his third victim as the visitors were dismissed for 139 in the 41st over.
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Mikey Phillips registered the joint second highest score for the Third XI as the cornerstone of the highest score registered by the 3s in their 225-run win at Barkby United Second XI.
Phillips' 133 came from just 116 balls with 18 fours and three maximums and underpins a fine start to the season for the keeper/batter. He shared in stances of 180 with Harry Clibbens (60), who notched his first fifty for the club, 45 with Pete Willcocks (45*) before Willcocks and Danny Hill (39*) added 88 unbroken to see us through to 355 for four.
There was also a half-century for 'Eddie' Extras as the Barkby bowlers showed their generosity with a mammoth 46 wides to add to the six no balls and eight fielding extras.
Only three of the home sides batters made it to double figures as Bhurva Tank (4-35), Nathan Preston (3-15) and Asim Khan (3-29) made light work of the Barkby batting to dismiss them for 130 with 11 overs in the bank.
The scorecard for the match is available here.
Finally, the Fours made it three wins from three in their home date with Countesthorpe 3rd XI.
Having also been put in to bat an early wobble was offset by a superb comeback from the middle order as Ali Prince (68), Henry Green (42) and Max Vincent (41) helped post 228 all out.
The Countesthorpe reply started with opener Bob Lee hitting the deck having been hit flush on the foot first ball by Albert Blay before the young tearaway followed it up two balls later with one which rearranged his furniture to give the Fours the perfect start.
Blay (4-5) and new-ball partner Dave King (2-11) were in miserly form to reduce the visitors to 16 for 6, which was something of a recovery having been 5 for 5 at one stage, before Craig Hendry helped put some semlance of respectability to the score with 65 from 54 balls before being last man out, caught off Josh Cundy (2-15) with the score on 101.
The scorecard from the game is available here.