Davidstow Village Cup Semi-Final: Rockhampton (219-7) beat Dinton (125) by 94 runs
ROCKHAMPTON will play at Lord's for the first time in their history after reaching the Davidstow Village Cup final.
Guy Brothwood, 19, hit a half-century and then took 3-23 as the Rams beat Buckinghamshire side Dinton by 94 runs in the semi-final in front of a big crowd at the Boundary Field this afternoon.
After being put into bat, Rockhampton paced their innings well to score 219-7 off their 40 overs and defended that total comfortably thanks to a superb bowling and fielding display with 20-year-old Sam Nichols taking 4-44.
Things looked ominous for Rockhampton when classy opening batsman Mike Sutcliffe (21) was driving the ball superbly at the start of Dinton's chase but Will Cartlidge claimed his scalp at the end of the fifth over when he had him trapped lbw.
The Rams then tied the batsmen down and Alistair Gibbens' (8) frustration told when he smashed a Nichols delivery straight down Jack Spence's throat at long-on and Henry Woodward also went for eight when he nicked behind to Rowan Cartlidge off the same bowler.
The game was effectively over when Dinton lost three wickets in four overs after the drinks break to be reduced to 89-6. Opening batsman Archie Hammond's (23) patience run out when he hit straight to Williams at mid-wicket and Nichols picked up two more wickets as he bowled Neil Roberts (5) and then had Kelvin Burrows caught by Will Tyler for four.
Alex Massey's (30) attempted counter-attack was brought to a halt with Brothwood trapping him lbw, and Joe Wilcox fell in the same fashion when trying to sweep James Hancox.
Mark Ludlow (11) went next as he top-edged Brothwood to Chris Pearce at short third man and there were huge roars around the ground when the umpire's finger went up after Hancox struck the pads of Nheem Amin (2) in front of the stumps in the next over as victory was secured.
Earlier, Matt Tyler (1) struggled against the pace of Alin at the start of Rockhampton's innings and after surviving a couple of lbw appeals he got a delivery that nipped away from him off the seam and hit the top of his off stump with the score on 12 at the end of the fifth over.
His brother and opening partner Will Tyler settled quicker, hitting Tim Brooker for ten in the next over, while captain Williams played positively, twice hitting Woodward for six down the ground as the pair added 59 in less than ten overs.
However, Tyler was bowled by medium-pacer Woodward for 33 when he went for a big swing and missed, and Williams (38) followed him three overs later when he failed to make contact with the ball after coming down the wicket to off-spinner Gibbens and was stumped by Wilcox to leave Rockhampton on 87-3.
Rowan Cartlidge and Brothwood steadied the ship with a 67-run stand but both survived nervy moments with the former being given the benefit of the doubt from a stumping appeal on 13 after losing his balance.
After being dropped at square leg on 19, Brothwood made the most of his reprieve and punished anything short, smashing left-arm spinner Alan Massey for three sixes over the leg side boundary, but Cartlidge could only add another six runs following his escape before lobbing up to mid-wicket, where Ludlow made a good catch diving forward off Massey at the end of the 30th over with 156 on the scoreboard.
Brothwood went to his half-century as he added 28 with Simon Hore before being bowled around his legs by Massey for 59 with four overs left.
Hore (14) skied a Brooker delivery to Gibbens at deep mid-on when attempting to up the run rate, and Will Cartlidge added a quick-fire 16 before being caught by Woodward on the long-off boundary off Brooker in the final over with Spence finishing on an unbeaten 13.
- The final is on Sunday, September 8.
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