A national final at Lord’s beckons for Worlington

KEY MAN: Chris Baugh top-scored with 89 as Worlington reached the last 16 of the Davidstow National Village Cup at the expense of Foxton in front of a bumper home crowd on Sunday

KEY MAN: Chris Baugh top-scored with 89 as Worlington reached the last 16 of the Davidstow National Village Cup at the expense of Foxton in front of a bumper home crowd on Sunday

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DAVIDSTOW NATIONAL VILLAGE CUP: ROUND FIVE: Worlington 218-4 beat Foxton 214-9 by six wickets: Worlington are three wins from a national final at the home of English cricket after dispatching Foxton in front of a bumper crowd on Sunday.

Worly triumphed in the fifth round of the Davidstow National Village Cup to set up another home tie — with Reed, of the Saracens Hertfordshire League — on July 6.

Foxton won the toss, elected to bat first and made a strong start before three wickets from Ziaf Kulasi helped pull things back.

Further wickets for Nathan Twiddy, Chris Baugh, Daren Hayward and Graham Ford pegged Foxton back to 214-9 from their 40 allotted overs.

An equally-positive start was required for Worlington, and Chris Baugh and Richard Ford put on 67 for the first wicket before Ford departed for 29.

Baugh featured in equally-important stands with Graham Ford (36) and Ziaf Kulasi (31no) before the left-hander was caught off the bowling of Sanderson for 89.

Worlington lost one more wicket, but Kulasi held his nerve to dispatch some short pitch bowling as his side eased into the last 16.

n Worlington’s (300-5) pre-season target of survival in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One received a boost following a 138-run victory at home to Hadleigh on Saturday.

The Worlington openers made the visiting attack toil as Chris Baugh and Richard Ford (85) posted a first-wicket partnership of 149.

Jimmy Watson (8) departed before surviving opener Baugh (144no) dominated a 122-run stand with Graham Ford (36).

Hadleigh’s daunting run chase was made no easier as Sean Cooper (4-21) dismissed Kalpesh Ellis without a run on the board and, between himself and Nathan Twiddy (3-66), continued to make regular inroads into the top-order.

Danny Rock (26) and Sam Handley (58no) helped their side collect the third batting point, but the chase was too much as they closed on 162-9.

n Worlington II (180-2) returned from East Bergholt II (178) with maximum points in Division Seven, thanks to the efforts of Graham Downey (4-39), Shaun Lister (2-32), Paul Marston (1-14), Luke Du Plooy (1-38), Colin Thompson (74no) and Matt Bacon (65).