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Worlington progress to quarter-finals of National Village Cup




WINNERS: Worlington beat their opponents Foxton by 35 runs on the scorching day (Picture: Mecha Morton)
WINNERS: Worlington beat their opponents Foxton by 35 runs on the scorching day (Picture: Mecha Morton)

Worlington Cricket Club will face Sussex Premier Cricket League club Mayfair in the quarter-finals of the National Village Cup, after beating Foxton by 35 runs on Sunday.

The quarter-final match will take place on Sunday, July 22 with Worly once again playing hosts – the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One side have been at home throughout the rounds so far.

They will hope for a repeat of yesterday's match, which saw Worlington post 288 runs for the loss of seven wickets – including a third century of the competition for Jimmy Watson – before halting opponents Foxton on 253.

It was a match of ebbs and flows, with the home team getting off to a good start courtesy of Watson's unbeaten knock of 130.

GREAT ATMOSPHERE: The crowd enjoyed the cricket and the conditions (Picture: Mecha Morton)
GREAT ATMOSPHERE: The crowd enjoyed the cricket and the conditions (Picture: Mecha Morton)

It is the third time the wicketkeeper has surpassed the ton mark in this year's competition and has been dubbed the 'Village Cup King' by team mates.

Charlie Tunstall (53), Matthew Wittish (28) and captain Graham Ford (19) added crucial extra runs as a team effort saw the side to 288-7 in their 40 allotted overs.

In reply, Worly's Wittish and Tunstall set to work quickly with three early wickets leaving Foxton on 25-3.

But the visitors settled in, with David Fagan (48) and Cel Sanderson (39) building an important partnership to frustrate Worly, as the score continued to tick over.

KEY WICKETS: Charlie Tunstall picked up three wickets for Worlington (Picture: Mecha Morton)
KEY WICKETS: Charlie Tunstall picked up three wickets for Worlington (Picture: Mecha Morton)

Tunstall (3-51), Ziaf Kulasi (2-53), Wittish (2-45), Tom Newell (1-21) and Daren Hayward (1-30) worked well together to keep wickets coming, despite a resurgence from the Foxton tailenders.

An injury to Foxton's Paul Dean (36) caused a late pause to the game and lead to a proxy runner stepping in, which came at the right time for the flagging batsman.

But the final target proved too much for the tailenders as Watson ended the game with a stunning catch –with Foxton 35 runs short – to see Worly through to the quarter-finals for the first time in the club's history.



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