First-time finalists make it to Lord’s

Lord’s will host two new finalists for the 2011 Persimmon Village Cup final.

Woodhouses of Lancashire and Rottingdean of Sussex will walk through the Long Room and make their way out of the Pavilion to play on cricket’s grandest stage on Sunday, September 4.

Woodhouses booked their place in style by knocking out holders Sessay and bringing to an end the Yorkshire side’s 15-game winning run in the competition.

The village Roses clash started in much the same way the county ones start – with rain.

The players came off for rain twice in the first 10 overs but spectators remained defiant – with the travelling Sessay support staying put to ensure their seats would remain dry.

Once the bad weather cleared, a crowd of roughly 600 people enjoyed the day’s cricket with no thoughts of the football which most of Manchester – only 6.3 miles down the road – was concerning itself with.

Put in to bat by the visitors, Woodhouses posted a competitive total of 214-7, with Josh Tolley making a run-a-ball 78.

But the home support were concerned it might not be enough against a Sessay side who chased 227 in the Lord’s final last year – the highest successful run chase in a Village Cup final.

However, Woodhouses got more life out of the strip than Sessay, bowling a straighter line and cramping the batsmen room. Luke Swards took the first two wickets in two balls to find himself on a hat-trick and deflate the away side.

Despite putting up some stubborn Yorkshire resistance, Sessay couldn’t reach the boundary with the same regularity as Woodhouses and were eventually all out for 163 in the 39th over.

Meanwhile in Sussex, Rottingdean hosted Dumbleton of Gloucestershire aiming to be the third Sussex finalist in the last five years.

And having disposed of the other two en route to the semi-final, they had every reason to be confident.

This was reflected in the start they made after choosing to bat first as they racked up 114 before the loss of their second wicket, opener Henry Ledden starring with 79.

But the last 10 overs bought a flurry of wickets as the batsmen tried to up the scoring rate and get beyond 200. They fell short on 172-7 from their 40 overs but felt they still had a more than defendable total.

This proved to be the case as Dumbleton limped to 66-6 by the halfway stage. But thanks to a vital 53 lower down the order from Robin Churchman, the visitors felt they were back in the game.

In an exciting finish, Rottingdean snuck over the line, winning by eight runs and booking their trip to Lord’s.

David Currie is the publishing assistant of The Cricketer

Persimmon Village Cup Final
Woodhouses v Rottingdean (Sunday, September 4)

Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for under-16s or over 65s.
Tickets will be available on the day – with gates opening at 10am.
To pre-book please call the MCC ticket office on 020 7432 1000.

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9 Responses to First-time finalists make it to Lord’s

  1. Ronald Rogers says:

    FInd it disgusting that you have to pay when it is a grass-roots competition irregardless being at Lords or anywhere else.

    Since when exactly have they started charging.?? I went to the 89′ , 97′ and 07′ final and didnt pay.

    Dont the ECB have enough money with all these £50 tickets they sell for the test match.

    • Brian Cooper says:

      Ronald glad you made the comment, yes it is true Woodhouses were prohibited from playing an illigitimate player in the semi final andthe same player will not be able to play at Lords against Rottingdean. The rules plainly state at end of rule 11 and after sub clause Vii The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry or to disqualify at any time and club which they have reason to believe has not complied STRICTLY with the letter and spiirt of this rule. Woodhouses did not so comply so why were they allowed to progress to the semi-final and the final? Maybe there was an Atherton factor in all this.

  2. Ronald Rogers says:


    I find it hard to believe Atherton had nothing to do with this, how else would they escape punishment. I’d be very interested to see how the decision came about that the player in question must miss the Semi-Final and Final. Surely there is some documentation somewhere that explains the actions that were taken for all the see.

    After all if rules and regulations are put in place, shouldnt every team abide to them.

    Poor Show if you ask me.!!

    • Brian Cooper says:

      In my opinion if the rules are not STRICTLY adhered to we shall see fewer legitimate clubs who do abide by the rules enter the competition in 2012.Severe action should have been taken by the Cricketer in this case and this would have served as a warning to any club entering the competition in the future that this form of conduct will not be tolerated.
      Incidentally the number of clubs now taking part has reduced by 75% since 1972 I wonder why?

  3. Ronald Rogers says:

    Think the Committee need to get a grip on the whole situation as wouldnt want to lose this competition due to a few rule breakers.

    The pricing structure also needs to be addressed. Perhaps they will make it compulsary for the home team to charge away fans from the 1st round even though for example the away team has travelled several hundreds of miles.

    With the number 1 test team in the world it is now important we show an example of grass roots cricket and exactly what it has done for this country.

    Do you know if any documentation was ever provided to the general public on exactly why Woodhouses were not expelled from the competition.??

  4. Ronald Rogers says:

    I think it needs to be disclosed so we all know the ins and outs. I will make some calls today and will see what can be done.

    Although they wont get removed now, i would love to know who got involved to make sure Michael Atherton’s local team got to the final.

    This country is in complete turmoil in this current day and age,

  5. The Cricketer says:

    In response to the numerous comments about the Village Cup rules, The Cricketer would like to explain its decision regarding Woodhouses and their quarter-final victory.

    The club fielded a player in previous rounds who had played a first-class counties second XI match. This was within the rules. However, the same player took part in another second XI match which ended two days before the quarter-final, in which he also played.

    This infringed rule 11b (iii) – which states that he cannot play in two or more such games – but after a full investigation the magazine accepted this was a pure oversight rather than a strategic infringement of the rules.

    The Village Cup clearly states that the organisers are free to decide the sanctions against a club infringing the rules. In this case, the magazine ruled it was a genuine mistake but decreed that the player concerned take no further part in the competition.

    The Cricketer reached its decision after a thorough investigation of the circumstances, which was accepted by losing quarter-finallists Stainsby Hall with good grace. The reason the magazine goes to great lengths to organise and administer the Village Cup is because of our commitment to grass-roots cricket. This will carry on for years to come.

  6. Line and Length says:

    Just to respond to Ronald Rogers first comment – ECB has nothing to do with the organisation of this competition. Lords is owned by the MCC, not ECB, and it is they or The Cricketer who set any entrance charges.