Reaction from Rockhampton skipper James Williams after they reach Davidstow National Village Cup final at Lord's
CAPTAIN James Williams described Rockhampton’s run to Lord’s in the Davidstow National Village Cup as a ‘fairytale’.
The Rams will play Cumbrian side Cleator at the Home of Cricket on Sunday, September 8 after their 94-run semi-final victory over Dinton at the Boundary Field on Sunday.
The club have never progressed beyond the Gloucestershire stage of the competition before, but have won eight games to reach the final and Williams admitted the enormity of what his side has achieved had not sunk in after the game.
“We’ve been working so hard towards it,” he said. “We’ve been trying to tell everyone that whatever happens everyone will be proud and we’ve had a great season, but if we’d got to the semi-final and not got to the final it would’ve haunted us for so long.
“For the players it’s a relief and for the fans it’s great to have a day at Lord’s.
“I love the Village Knockout because of the romance of it. It’s a bit of a fairytale for the club to be honest, that’s why the village clubs play in the competition, so we’re going to get our day out and I think everyone’s really proud.”
Williams was delighted to see two of the club’s youngsters, Guy Brothwood and Sam Nichols, play a key role in their triumph against Dinton.
Brothwood, 19, hit 59 off 72 balls and took 3-23, while 20-year-old Sam Nichols claimed four wickets to secure a comfortable victory.
Williams said: “Guy’s quality. Players like that wouldn’t hang around if it wasn’t for the social aspect after a game. “We’re a very tight-knit group of lads and Brothwood was superb. We knew he was capable of doing that and he delivered.
“Sam Nichols as well is a local boy and it was a pleasure to see him do well. “We picked our ten and there were two or three to pick from for the last spot. Sam got the nod and took four wickets so those two were the standouts for us.”
Rockhampton have organised supporters’ coaches to Lord’s to witness the club’s finest moment. Seats are limited and payment is required to reserve a place. The deadline is Tuesday, August 27.
Pick up points are The Common, Rockhampton (parking available) and Rock Street Car Park in Thornbury with the coaches leaving at 7.30am prompt.
Travel costs are £20 for adults, and £10 for concessions, juniors and students with tickets available from GT Sports in Oakleaze Road, GAP Supplies in Eastland Road and The Anchor Morton.
For any enquiries or information, go into the above outlets or call 01454 852631.
Admission to Lord’s for the match is a further £12 for adults and £6 for concessions with all tickets bought at the gate on the day.
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