The semi-finalists for the Persimmon Village Cup have been decided – with all four travelling sides in Sunday’s quarters going through.
A classic Roses encounter awaits in the northern semi: Lancashire – represented by Michael Atherton’s local village side, Woodhouses – face the defending champions, Sessay of Yorkshire.
Woodhouses beat Stainsby Hall in Derbyshire after Josh Tolley top-scored with 77 to help the Lancastrians post an impressive 228-8 from their 40 overs.
Stainsby Hall got off to a terrible start, with the four Woods (two brothers, dad and uncle) – who’d played such a crucial part in the team’s Village Cup run – all failing to reach double figures. From there they never recovered and were all out for 106 in the 32nd over. Callum Megram dismantled the tail with three wickets for no runs in 1.1 overs.
Woodhouses 228-8 in 40 ov (J Tolley 77, L Swards 49; R Wood 2-44, D Wood 2-45);
Stainsby Hall 106 in 31.1 ov (A Worth 19, D Smyth 18; C Megram 3-0, A Prescott 3-22)
Sessay ended any hopes of another Scottish invasion at Lord’s this summer, halting Freuchie’s fairytale run in the competition they won in 1985.
Sessay set a target of 171 and let their bowling attack do the damage – dismissing the Scots for 123 with Joseph Watson taking 3 for 14.
Sessay 170-7 in 40 ov (N Harrison 62*, C Till 62; MA Cowan 3-32);
Freuchie 123 in 37.2 ov (AR Wallace 24, L Duncan 24*; J Watson 3-14, S Peirse 2-17, M Wilkie 2-30)
Down south Rottingdean edged a tight one against Mistley in Suffolk.
Put into bat, Rottingdean scored a defendable 173-8. Chasing, many of Mistley’s batsmen made starts but didn’t convert them. Scores of 28 (twice), 27 and 24 consigned them to a 13-run defeat.
Rottingdean 173-8 in 40 ov (N Jamil 40, H Ledden 30; P Garwood 3-35, S Dove 2-44);
Mistley 160 in 38.3 ov (J Manning 28, M Bibby 28; A Potter 2-19, N Jamil 2-25, G Ledden 2-41)
Rottingdean will be at home to Dumbleton in the semi-finals after the Gloucestershire side beat Carew in south Wales.
It was another close game but Carew will be most disappointed about the way in which they lost. Five run-outs in a nervy run-chase lost them the game as they finished 197 all out, losing by 17 runs.
Dumbleton 214-6 in 40 ov;
Carew 197 in 38 ov
This means the semi-finals of the Persimmon Village Cup – to be played on Sunday, August 7 – look like this:
Rottingdean (Sussex) v Dumbleton (Gloucestershire)
Woodhouses (Lancashire) v Sessay (Yorkshire)
David Currie is the publishing assistant of The Cricketer