The Persimmon Village Cup: Close encounters

Oliver Davey of Colwall CC scores 100 of 36 balls

The regional semi-finals of the Persimmon Village Cup took place on Sunday as teams edge ever closer to the national rounds – and, whisper it, the Lord’s final.

Home advantage paid dividends in Derbyshire as Holmesfield edged out Brailsford & Ednaston having lost fewer wickets. Jimmy Pearson starred for the home side with 114 as they made 223-8 from their 40 overs. An opening partnership of 91 had the visitors well set before wickets started to fall. Tom Hall was the last man out, run out off the final ball of the game.

Another nail-bitter took place in Berkshire, Pinkeys Green winning by one wicket – with one ball to spare – as they reached Purley on Thames’ target of 207. Needing seven from 12 with four wickets in hand, it looked a simple task. But with their last two senior batsmen departing in the penultimate over it was left to three young colts – Jake Stokes, Warren Hendry and Ben Purchese – to see Pinkeys Green home.

Yet another close one in Sussex, where there were a couple of eye-catching upsets. Rottingdean (183-8) beat last year’s regional champs and 2007 Lord’s finalists, Findon, by three runs. And in Essex, Mistley (160-7) knocked out last year’s quarter-finalists Bentley (159-5).

An odd-looking scorecard in Devon: Lewdown’s Mark Gibbs scored 62 of the 77 runs his club needed to beat Malborough Moonrakers, 50 of his runs coming in boundaries. His three partners at the crease contributed one, three and three.

Elsewhere, Barby in Northamptonshire are through after a 41-run win over Stockton (146). And finally, it’s goodnight from Chaddesley Corbett. They depart after a 175-run defeat to Colwall, who amassed 375-6 from their 40 overs – largely thanks to Oliver Davey (pictured above) who scored 100 off just 36 balls.

A full list of scores can be found here. And for an up-to-date look at the draw for the Regional finals, please click here.

David Currie is the publishing assistant of The Cricketer

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5 Responses to The Persimmon Village Cup: Close encounters

  1. Sam says:

    The Corbett reference is genius!

  2. Confused Villager says:

    Why after all the kerfuffle a few years back with Valley End picking players who plied their trade for another club on Saturdays is there still no rule in place to prevent this practice?

    • Shaun Miller says:

      In days gone past the only qualification was that you played 6 games for the village you are representing the year before. Now as i understand it you must play for the village and no one else………but what do i know?

  3. Villager says:

    I’d be intrigued to see where in the rules it says you can’t play for anyone else.

    As far as I can see there is nothing to stop a player playing his main Saturday league cricket for one club then playing in the Village Cup for another club as long as he plays some form of Sunday cricket other than the VC for that club.

    Doesn’t make sense that you can play Saturday league cricket for one club and represent another in the Village Cup.

    • Shaun Miller says:

      Will check the handbook(if i can nick it from the captains bag!)
      Watch this space!